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  • Victorian houses are delivering Power Saving Bonus outreach program

    NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. Community members experiencing financial stress can apply for the State Government’s Power Saving Bonus with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHVic) has partnered with Good Shepherd to assist all eligible individuals in receiving the one-off $250 payment. Applications for the Power Saving Bonus are made online, however many people in our communities either lack access to devices or internet, or lack confidence and skills in using technology. Recognising this, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning partnered with Victorian houses to ensure no one gets left behind. Victorian houses across the state are helping people complete their Power Saving Bonus application. NHVic CEO, Nicole Battle, said "Being such grassroots organisations, they [the houses] are best positioned to reach people within their communities who already come to them for other support services such as food relief, job seeking support, digital literacy programs and Centrelink assistance.” Victorian houses have now processed over 1,000 applications, assisting vulnerable community members in receiving over $250,000 to financial assistance. Often when programs are launched, houses and centres across Australia typically must either must absorb the cost or not offer the service due to already over-stretched staffing and small budgets. However, to assist in the admin costs, all participating organisations receive $400 up-front and then $10 for every PSB application they process from the department. This is a much welcome alternative, and means that houses are getting the recognition they deserved for their invaluable work. The Power Saving Bonus provides eligible Victorians with a one-off $250 payment, to assist households with the cost of living during the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible, applicants must hold a pensioner concession card or receive JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. If you are a Victorian resident and would like more information go to the Neighbourhood Houses Victoria website here

  • Hon. Penny Wong discuss importance of the community sector at Luncheon

    On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Penny Wong at our sector celebration for neighbourhood house and community centres week.

  • Community based services the secret to community action on SDGs

    Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres may be the perfect vehicle to educate the public on the Sustainable Development Goals. With over 1000 locations around Australia, they are perfectly poised within their community to include people to commit to collectively working towards the United Nations 17 Goals. Central Ringwood Community Centre in East Melbourne is actively working towards many of these goals. "Here at Central Ringwood Community Centre we have a passion for sustainability and over the past 6 years have been developing the Bedford Park Garden and Sustainability Hub. The Centre is now Solar Powered, we compost our food scraps in our free forage permaculture garden, we are the Eastern Regional Coordinators for the Lids4Kids bottle top collection as well as accepting other recyclable items, we are reducing our paper use by moving online, we host the Easter Region Food Co-op, we have a have a community seed swap library and run a suite of gardening and sustainability workshops throughout the year. This year we held our 3rd Annual Local Sustainability Fair, a free event for both attendees and vendors alike where people share their space, together help set up and pack up and build a wonderful supportive network and creating a welcoming energy to our visitors. It is run by volunteers, is not for profit with the vision to provide a fun, engaging day where our community are presented with local businesses and community groups that could support them to live with a smaller environmental footprint, support local business and an opportunity to see how they could get involved. The best thing we’ve found about this fair though, isn’t the food, or the entertainment or even the wonderful locally made market goodies. It’s the conversations. People leave this fair having met people, having had enlightening and uplifting conversations, having learned more about what is happening in their neighbourhood and feeling more connected and involved in their community. We believe that a connected and supportive community is the key to wellbeing for both ourselves and the environment. Living through a pandemic brought this into focus and so at this year’s fair, we celebrated community by incorporate wellness, community building and cultural aspects to the fair this year. We had: Market Stalls, Plants for Sale, Live Music: Free West African Drumming workshop, beautiful local West Indian Violinist, a community choir and Peter Vadiveloo singing thought provoking melodies. We also had Kids Activities, Story Corner, Special Guest Speakers and a free Wayapa Wuurrk community mindful movement session born from Indigenous wisdom. We also invited Council representatives to promote Neighbourhood Projects and the Communities of Wellbeing as well as the Council Waste Education representatives and the wonderful Bushland team who ran a guided tour of our adjacent native bushland. We are so proud to be part of the Neighbourhood House network who work at a community level towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our Local Sustainability Fair primarily focusses on SDG 17 by building a connected community and partnerships because we have a better chance of achieving our goals if we work together. It also provides resources and education to deliver on SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, 13 Climate Action, 15 Life on Land as well as 3 Good Health and Wellbeing and is just one of the many wonderful things happening at our Centre and across the Neighbourhood House sector to make the world a better place."

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  • Grants | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    Grants for targeting disadvantage We are proud to be partnering with Sidney Myer Fund to provide the Supporting Stronger Communities grants program. So far 53 neighbourhood houses/centres across Australia have received up to $10,000 each for projects which tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities. The grants are aimed at towns or cities with a population of more than 15,000 people. If you are from an area with a smaller population, see Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities program. The grants will take place across 3 rounds in 2021. We've uploaded two videos for to assist you in your grant writing. Watch them under the training tab or click here Round 8 2021 Round 8 NOW CLOSED Download the 2021 Program Guidelines Download the Information about eligible Partnership arrangements APPLY NOW via SMARTY GRANTS! Previous Recipients See the projects the Supporting Stronger Communities Grant has funded! Opens: August 2​ NOW CLOSED Applicants notified of outcomes: October ​ Download the 2021 Program Guidelines Download the Information about eligible Partnership arrangements Download the guide on Creating a Budget APPLY NOW via SMARTY GRANTS! If you have any enquiries regarding these grants, contact the ANHCA Grants Officer Emily Harnett at emily@anhca.org or 0428 964 817 . ​ ​ Previous Recipients ROUND 7 2021 Multi-Purpose Community Hub: Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000 The grant will contribute to the fit-out of a multi-purpose Multi-Cultural HUB annexed to the MCNC where people experiencing difficulties & barriers including financial hardship, educational/employment barriers, Domestic and Family Violence, homelessness, mental health challenges &/or AOD abuse can access private, confidential services in a discreet, safe and supportive environment. The multi-purpose space will be available for a range of purposes including quiet "time out", access to confidential support services and vocational training programs. Café Training and Experience: Community Plus Queensland Inc Yeronga Community Centre - $10,000 The project will provide coordination, training and work experience for community members in Barista Training and Café Service. This project will provide an opportunity for upskilling and give real life training and work experience for members in their local community. Food Security: Eaglehawk Community House Incorporated - $10,000 Having learned that 'rescue food' is better placed in their registered kitchen and turned into meals ASAP as much does not last beyond a day or two. Our packaged meals contain a meat dish, vegetables, rice or similar to provide a complete, balanced healthy meal. This funding will employ an experienced staff member to coordinate a Food Relief/Assistance program. This will improve kitchen/pantry management/compliance providing increased food security and availability to their vulnerable and disadvantaged community members to better meet rising demands. An element will be to coordinate the use of rescued food in their registered kitchen to turn into packaged meals. The coordinator will also guide volunteers to pre-assemble pantry hampers with fresh fruit and vegetables. Fawkner Primary Student After School Homework Program: Fawkner Neighbourhood House (under auspise North West Neighbourhood House Network Inc - $10,000 ​ This project will be to initiate an after school homework program for local primary school aged children. The after school homework program would take place at the Fawkner Neighbourhood House on a weekly basis to support learning for children predominately from migrant backgrounds who require learning support to keep up at school. ​ 80 Up Club: Mount Street Neighbourhood House - $4,500 This project aims to continue to bring together people in their 80's and 90's for weekly 80 Up Club sessions which include fun activities run by a qualified facilitator and a team of volunteer helpers. With this funding, they will expand to include the elderly people from the local Indian and Sri Lankan communities who do not have an opportunity for social connection with people their own age and are consequently disadvantaged by being socially isolated. ​ RezzaNuDu: Reservoir Neighbourhood House - $10,000 The project will provide a free mobile hair/beauty salon offering haircuts and styles to people experiencing disadvantage; whether that be through unemployment, mental health issues, family violence and compounded by Covid. This project will help build self-worth and connection through beauty and personal care. ​ Wellness Vibes Program for Women - Wendouree Womens Community Choir: Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000 This funding will establish a women's choir for the women of Wendouree and surrounding suburbs. The Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre (WNC) will invite women of all ages and abilities to join in a new choir. The focus of the choir will be on participation, empowerment, social connection. The choir will be the catalyst to create more opportunities for women to participate in education, health and wellbeing initiatives and social activities provided by WNC and other community stakeholders. The choir will visit local aged care homes to perform and will offer sing alongs at the community lunches at WNC. ​ FICE Yarra Junction: Yarra Junction Community Hub - $10,000 This project seeks to replicate Cire's First Impressions Clothing Exchange (FICE) at their Yarra Junction Community Hub to assist disadvantaged/long term-unemployed people who identify as female in the Upper Yarra/adjacent areas. FICE aims to give these women access to affordable clothing suitable for job interviews/work/other important occasions, work experience in a retail setting and equally important, a soft gateway to local training/employment pathways, support services/programs/mentoring, referrals to external agencies where needed. FICE empowers women and fosters meaningful community engagement. ​ Bites and Bytes for Better Futures: Sudbury Community House Association - $10,000 The Bites and Bytes for Better Futures (BBBF) project will empower vulnerable and disconnected adults to better manage their daily and future lives by addressing poverty, inequity and disadvantage through hunger prevention and bridging the digital divide. BBBF will provide a weekly service whereby individuals in need access food supplies and tailored nutrition education. BBBF also incorporates a weekly information technology component to increase digital competence amongst older and migrant adults to enable them to use IT, mobile phone and internet services to connect with other people and other essential support services. ​ ​ ROUND 6 2021 Empowering Young Women - Well I Am - The Place: Charlestown Community Centre - $9,994 Charlestown Community Centre will be providing an emotional wellbeing and education program to vulnerable young women from age 10 to 16 years old. This project aims to remove the financial burden of providing this vital service for all young women, removing the barrier for families facing financial hardship or poverty who could not afford the cost of good health and wellbeing program over their family’s immediate primary needs. The project is aimed at increasing confidence, resilience, and positive self-worth in disadvantaged young women to decrease the risks of poor mental, social, and physical outcomes in their futures. ​ The Change Room Project- Creating opportunities for Change for people with Disabilities - Picabeen Community Association - $10,000 The Change Room Project coordinator will focus on creating opportunities for change for people with disabilities through providing meaningful work experience and volunteering roles in the centres Op Shop and/or Neighbourhood Centre. The project coordinator will provide the necessary support to people with disabilities to empower their progress and to help reduce stigma and to increase their participation in the community. ​ Little Community Playgroup Stafford - The Community Place - $10,000 The Community Place will start a new facilitated community playgroup in their community centre located in Stafford inside a fully fenced Council playground. The group would meet one morning per week and be hosted by a paid facilitator. We would also like to renovate the old toy shed and replace with new cupboards and vinyl flooring and also update some toys. The focus of the new group would be on encouraging play and interaction with children and parents with an emphasis on creating relationships and connections with families. ​ Community Information Hub Upgrade - Reedbeds Community Centre Inc T/A Fulham Community Centre - $8,700 They will upgrade the current uninviting, dysfunctional, unhygienic space used to welcome at risk community members into the Community Centre to one which promotes a comfortable, safe place for vulnerability and support. ‍A new versatile space will be provided where community members experiencing disadvantage can: * Learn about different programs, workshops, events, support groups in the area * Foster social skills such as making coffee and a light snack to share * Feel supported and respected * Easily obtain the solutions they seek to take positive steps to a brighter future. ​ Community Garden Upgrade - Karadi Aboriginal Corporation - $10,000 The Covid pandemic in 2020 raised many concerns around poverty and food security in local families and to address this, they are upgrading their existing community garden, developing it into a larger garden space. The Community garden will increase access to fresh better-quality foods, help reduce food expenses, and improve food security for those who most need it. ​ Threads of Kindness - Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre - $9,250 The Threads of Kindness is a community project to make Bedcovers for the victims of domestic violence. It is a practical project as bedding is a basic need for the women and children. The Threads of Kindness will have another layer of warmth for the women as the bedcovers are made from donated fabrics sewn by local people. ​ Family Violence Peer Education Program - Dallas Neighbourhood House - $10,000 This project will recruit 10 women from various cultural backgrounds to undergo family violence awareness training delivered by Northern Legal Community Centre (NCLC). On completion of the training the women will work with a film maker to write and feature in a short video. The video will contain key messages in English and other community languages (with English subtitles) on family violence prevention and disclosure. The video will be officially launched, uploaded to YouTube and distributed through networks, including Hume City Council to be viewed by a wider audience. ​ Homegrown - Community Garden/Food Forest - Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre - $10,000 The co-design and implementation of Homegrown, an inclusive community garden and food forest space, will provide Milligan’s local community with access to knowledge, fresh produce and community connection. Homegrown is not just a community garden project; it’s a project designed to teach new skills, encourage collaboration and connectedness and increase community wellbeing. Homegrown will see the outside spaces of the Milligan Community Centre developed by a contractor, alongside the community, into welcoming, productive, edible gardens to nurture the community for years to come. ​ Community Bread Freezer - Willagee Community Centre - $1990.90 There is a need in the local community for food distribution in the form of food parcels and free bread. The Willagee Community Centre is well known for the support services it offers and provides a safe place for people to Drop in and request food parcels or bread. The Community Bread freezer will support the community centre to continue to meet this immediate and long term need. By making the freezer more publicly accessible it will offer service users the opportunity to collect the free bread with more discretion. ​ ROUND 5 2020 The Settlement Children's Vacation Care Program - Additional Access Project - The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000 This project seeks to increase the capacity of the free Children’s School Holiday Program. There has been an increased need from local families as a result of COVID-19 and due to a temporary closure for renovations of the local schools OOSH program over Summer holidays. This grant will support them to provide access to inclusion and participation for more children and families from the local community who are experiencing disadvantage and additional challenges by providing additional staff in our School Holiday Program. ​ Sustainable Redcliffe - Equipping for Resilience - Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre - $8,100 Emerging through the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a strong drive from the Redcliffe community to learn and engage with local solutions to regional, national and global problems. The 'Sustainable Redcliffe - Equipping for Resilience' project will centre around monthly workshops designed to inspire, generate dialogue and create meaningful local-led change. By focussing on practical education, members of the community will be empowered with the tools required to meet various challenges such as household food insecurity, poor nutrition outcomes and responsible stewardship of place. ​ Strengthening Neighbourly Connections - Benarrawa Community Development Association - $10,000 This project will connect and link government managed social housing residents to each other and to their neighbours, including local businesses and community groups through a series of place based social and skill/knowledge sharing activities. This project will strengthen social connections between neighbours and enhance the exchange of skills, knowledge and resources, particularly between those neighbours, businesses and groups who are well resourced and those residents experiencing marginalisation. Domestic Violence Prevention in a Community Development Framework - Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000 This project aims to gain more understanding of attitudes and perceptions of domestic violence in the Deception Bay community and develop a preventative response strategy. Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre (DBNC) works from a Community Development framework that underpins the grassroots work to be undertaken that is a bottom up approach with a philosophy of community capacity building to support local solutions for local issues. DBNC will seek to engage in capacity building processes that will lead to sustainable solutions to social issues. ​ Community Food Forest - Murray Bridge Community Centre Inc.- $10,000 The provision of a Community Food Forest will provide disadvantaged members of the Murray Mallee region access to a local, fresh sustainable food source. The Food Forest will also provide an ideal space for community pride and social connection. A kitchen cook-up will be offered once a month in the form of a cooked take-away meal to feed the disadvantaged in our community. Emergency food hampers will also be created and kept on site for those most in need. ​ Connecting and Thriving Post COVID19 - Morella Community Centre Inc - $10,000 Using the theme of Activating Garden Spaces, this project aims to: ‍- Connect socially isolated community members to the centre and other people ‍- Build knowledge about how to use their own garden spaces to save money, eat healthy, be more active and for families to have activities that can be undertaken with children. ‍- assist in connecting attendees to other services/programs available in community that meet their unique needs. ‍- Encourage cross cultural sharing and learning ​ Connecting Diverse Communities in Online Spaces - Living & Learning Pakenham Inc - $10,000 A multifaceted project to provide skills to disengaged young people and enhance the wellbeing of diverse communities by producing accessible, informative, relevant and entertaining educational material using contemporary tools and methods. ‍Young people will be trained in all aspects of creation, production and delivery of audio/visual content that will be broadcast using online technology (internet radio, podcast, video sharing). A particular emphasis is on diverse communities, and audience members throughout our community and beyond, will be able to access information in their own language. The project aims to reduce isolation and enhance overall knowledge and wellbeing in our community. Saving the West - one meal at a time - Wyndham Park Community Centre - $10,000 ‘Saving the West- one meal at a time’, is a food assistance initiative born out of the impacts of Covid-19 and a way to address the growing needs of those experiencing food insecurity in the City of Wyndham. This project is a collaboration between Wyndham Park Community Centre, Let’s Feed and United Sikh’s Association. This project will employ a staff member to coordinate the program, oversee the daily operations and deliver meals and food boxes to vulnerable residents ensuring a holistic approach to community participation and health and wellbeing. ​ Community Wellbeing through Social Prescribing in Hobsons Bay - Community Wellbeing through Social Prescribing in Hobsons Bay - $10,000 This project will establish a social prescribing program based in Altona to service the residents of Hobsons Bay. The program will address social isolation, loneliness, and other social determinants of health to support participants to achieve improvements in their general health and wellbeing. ​ ROUND 4 2020 Wood Worker Women - Mount Isa Family Support Service & Neighbourhood Centre Inc - $9,760 The project will target Indigenous women who are disengaged from employment to enhance their skills and confidence levels and teach them how to build recycled timber furniture. Utilising the existing facilities, this project will teach participants to use pallets and other used timber to make items such as storage boxes and chests, shelves, tables and seating. Participants will get to keep one item that they make and the remaining items will be given to the local community to people experiencing homelessness, family violence or living on low incomes. ​ Food for Life - feeding a changing community - North East Community Assistance Project Inc. - $7,000 The project will target Indigenous women who are disengaged from employment to enhance their skills and confidence levels and teach them how to build recycled timber furniture. Utilising the existing facilities, this project will teach participants to use pallets and other used timber to make items such as storage boxes and chests, shelves, tables and seating. Participants will get to keep one item that they make and the remaining items will be given to the local community to people experiencing homelessness, family violence or living on low incomes. ​ Mystery Meals to Go - Anglican Community Care Inc (Mount Gambier Community Centre) - $10,000 Poverty and disadvantage have become more prevalent in the local community especially with the impact of COVID-19. This project will utilise food sourced through the existing partnership with Secondbite supplemented with essential food purchases to make meal packages that will be distributed to community members. This project will also incorporate recipe cards and cooking sessions for community members to empower them to prepare their own healthy meals. ​ Bayside Social Prescription Pilot - Highett Neighbourhood Community House - $10,000 Social Prescribing is an emerging approach to improving public health and wellbeing. It involves partnering with local medical professionals who identify patients whose physical and psychological health and well-being is being affected by non-medical factors such as loneliness and social isolation. These patients are referred to a ‘Community Connector’ who co-designs a ‘health and well-being treatment plan’ to connect them to suitable local community activities and services. This pilot project will provide an evidence-based model for social prescribing that reflects the community needs and is sustainable for future expansion and will fund the position of the Community Connector. ​ Working together to build stronger families - Chirnside Park Community Hub - $10,000 In line with the Chirnside Community Hub core focus of supporting local families and helping bring about positive changes to community, this project plans a partnership between Chirnside Community Hub with local schools and community organisations to provide parents/carers experiencing poverty/disadvantage access to a range of support workshops. This project will also provide opportunities for community members to engage and connect with others in a relaxed, inclusive setting creating a support network within the local community. ​ Neighbourhood Food Parcels - Brunswick Neighbourhood House - $9,998.74 This project targets the intrinsic link between poverty and food security and will meet increased demand for food relief resulting from COVID-19. Brunswick Neighbourhood House, in partnership with Open Table, will provide a weekly fresh food parcel that includes a mixture of fresh ingredients provided by Open Table, bread provided by the Salvation Army and purchased staples from funding through the Supporting Stronger Communities grant. ​ Eat well - live well - Coonara Community House Inc - $10 ,000 The project will engage women over 65, and primarily over 75, who live alone and on a low income to co-design a series of social activities and events focused on eating well and fresh on a budget. Participants will be assisted to run these events for their peers and other groups experiencing the same issues. This project will increase the well-being of people in the community and will then continue to be offered by the group with the assistance of staff and volunteers at Coonara House into the future. ​ War on Waste Warriors Freestore - Thomastown Neighbourhood House Inc and Lalor Living and Learning Centre - $4 ,140 This project will establish a War on Waste Freestore in Thomastown and Lalor. Goods will be donated and then at the monthly event, the goods will be displayed and chosen by community members to be re-homed. This impact of this initiative will be measured as all goods that are rehomed will be weighed to record how many kilograms are saved from landfill each month through the event. Sprouts Nursery Project - Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre - $9,960 This project is designed as a one year pilot project to build on the current RCNC Community Garden by providing horticulture training and production nursery experience to disadvantaged members within the local community with a particular focus on migrants, Indigenous community members and people with disabilities including mental health issues. A significant side benefit of this project will be to reduce social isolation and to develop life skills in a supportive vocational training environment. This project will also support participants from migrant backgrounds to continue to grow, celebrate and develop markets for culturally relevant foods. ​ ROUND 3 2020 ​ Bright Sparks High School Learning Club - Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre - $10,000 This project is to expand the Bright Sparks Learning Club program to cater for high school students. They seek to provide flexible learning zones where the student can access their school homework portal, work alone on a project or participate in small flexible groups with a volunteer tutor. The project will provide two extra laptops and Wi-Fi access, professional support to develop extra curriculum resources and more specialist tutors. They seek to build their engagement with the families by initiating a facilitated drop-in group for parents that will include guest speakers and information sessions. ​ Confidence in the Kitchen - Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre - $9,760 This project is to deliver a community-based cooking skills program. This is primarily aimed at increasing cooking skills and confidence and the promotion of eating a more nutritious diet including packing lunch boxes. This will be delivered to community members who are already engaged in their family intervention services and open to referrals from other community agencies and self-referrals. The program will include how to shop on a budget, how to read nutrition labels and the importance of eating together and dinner table conversations. Community Digital Hub - Lockyer Community Centre - $10,000 This is a responsive and inclusive project meeting an identified community need where people of all ages, backgrounds / abilities can access free individual digital / technical support. Aiming to bridge the digital divide, they will encourage learning and support people with a range of challenges to overcome technical fears and increase knowledge / skills. This project will also increase social connections, improve employment opportunities and help people to survive and thrive in a fast moving digital world. They will deliver individual support sessions/ scheduled group sessions covering a range of subjects to suit the needs of the community. ​ The Lullaby Project Australia - Miitu Palti - Hackham West Community Centre - $10,000 Originating in New York, the Lullaby Project sees pregnant women and new mothers and fathers facing disadvantage, collaborate with professional artists, as they write and sing personal lullabies for their babies. Supporting maternal health and strengthening the bond between parent and child, the project now reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities across the world. Following a highly successful pilot project, this newly developed model will engage and support the community's most disadvantaged parents/ carers of young babies to help support them through the significant challenges of early parenthood in an empowering creative setting. ​ Community Pantry - Mount Barker Community Centre - $10,000 Mount Barker Community Centre works in collaboration with other ‍community groups to ensure people in their community have access to basic‍ fresh food support. They will build on a successful pilot program that has run for the last 12 months to provide a more structured and beneficial program to support their local community. They will achieve this by continuing the partnerships and developing the community pantry service as a way of providing more fresh food support in a coordinated manner to those that need it. ​ Midway’s Community Sustainability Challenge - Midway Road Community House Inc. - $10,000 Midway Road Community House will be working with the local disadvantaged community providing practical activities and interactive discussions, one on one support and guidance, inspiring and preparing people for the next step on their sustainable journey to reduce anxiety and address issues around food security. A series of workshops will focus on building basic skills that will support local community to overcome some of the barriers to accessing fresh fruit and vegetables by growing their own and sharing with the community. They will also promote healthy eating to children & families in a community setting by providing resources and hands on learning opportunities. ​ Drop in - The New Generation - Bellarine Training and Community Hub - $10,000 This application will commence a Grade 6 mentoring program that forms part of the current Drop in Program for young people residing on the Bellarine Peninsula. They will employ a qualified youth worker to maintain ratio's within the group. The extension to the program will encourage Grade 6 (12 years) to participate in the current Drop in youth program that will be commencing its 21st year of operation. The program extension will include mentoring to younger participants by older participants, especially young people who suffer from low confidence, low self esteem, bullying issues, body image issues and family problems. ​ Threading Stories - Kensington Neighbourhood House - $10,000 Threading Stories is a creative, social support program for disadvantaged seniors living in Kensington Public Housing to create connections and peer-to-peer support through art, craft, sewing and wellbeing activities. These will be inclusive experiences to inspire a sense of belonging and community within a supportive space for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to learn, connect and reduce social isolation. Threading Stories aims to empower participants, build social networks, facilitate wellbeing and to enable skill building and expressions of creativity. The aim is to create a safe space for personal stories to be actively promoted and exchanged. ​ Scan to read - Diamond Valley Learning Centre - $4,000 The application is to enable Diamond Valley Learning Centre to purchase 1 set of 10 classroom scanning pens for their VCAL classes. This will give students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities access to written material. They will also be used in for the AMEP/ adult writing and spelling classes. ​ ROUND 2 2019 MAKING-Things-Possible Women’s project – William Langford Community House WA – $10,000 Working with local and in particular migrant women to develop their textile and making skills to create products able to be sold at community markets. This project will explore opportunities for collaboration with other women and makers through exposure to different textile processes and small business practices via a program of interactive active learning workshops. Through the Making-Things-Possible Women’s project a local community working space will be developed where women can come together to make, create and use tools and equipment in a shared skill building environment, whilst building networks, collaborating on projects and having access to skilled makers. Fast Foodies – Gagebrook Community Centre TAS – $10,000 The Fast Foodies project provides life enhancing opportunities for disadvantaged people through farm to table experiences that incorporate all aspects of food literacy and numeracy. The Mount Gravatt Community Farm – Mount Gravatt Community Centre QLD – $10,000 Providing food relief to people when they are going through financial hardship in the Brisbane South statistical area. To respond to the increasing demand for food relief and the importance of providing fresh nutritional food to service recipients, Mount Gravatt Community Centre are partnering with the Mini farm Project to establish an urban mini farm in the Mount Gravatt area. The mini-farm will be a volunteer-run project that will provide garden produce to go towards the centre’s food relief service. In addition to feeding those most vulnerable, the farm would create horticulture and food preparation training opportunities to help people find employment. Strong Connection Program – Ku ring gai Neighbourhood Centre NSW – $10,000 This program will provide a safe inclusive supportive space for women from all walks of life and cultures to learn and connect through sharing stories, experiences and knowledge. To facilitate opportunities that nurture creativity, wellbeing and skills through engaging activities at the Women’s Shed Hornsby Ku ring gai. Supporting Chinese carers through a child’s critical early years – Kogarah Community Services NSW – $7,700 St George has 7 per cent of the population aged 0 to 5 years and 35 per cent residents come from a Chinese background. Language barriers of the carers (parents and grandparents) of children imply disadvantages to children’s access to education, health and support necessary for their development. Facilitated by a Chinese qualified educator, this group aims to foster carers’ understanding of, access to and referrals for government and community information and resources necessary for supporting children’s development. Room to Connect – Glen Park Community Centre VIC – $5,389 This project is to create and resource a dual purpose room to offer a dignified suitable space for a free community meal during the day to some of the most disengaged, vulnerable and isolated community members. The feedback has been that the current food and material aid and free after hours community meal has meant that some community members are missing out. This project will ensure that a day time community meal is provided so those who need the connection and referral to support services via Glen Park can also access that during the day. Albion Food Justice – Growing, Cooking, Sharing – Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House VIC – $10,000 This project is supporting the local community to address a key area of disadvantage through increasing food security. Providing opportunities for community to regularly access fresh and nutritious food, cook and share meals together, grow their own vegetables in the community garden and work together on developing responses to their concerns around access to food. They will use the existing relationship with Foodbank Victoria and the West Welcome Wagon to support project delivery, prioritising the involvement of the most economically and structurally disadvantaged members of our community. Resilient Refugee Youth – Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre VIC – $10,000 The Resilient Refugee Youth Project will target youth across the Moonee Valley and Melbourne municipalities. The program will support young people between the ages of 15 and 25 from cultural groups including Somalis, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Burmese, Eritrean, Afghan and Iranian. This initiative will engage newly arrived young people early in their settlement by providing Mentors who will be responsive to their individual needs and provide guidance and support to achieve their personal, educational goals and aspirations. The Mentors will also help them realise their full potential, enabling them to meaningfully participate in their community, preventing social and economic isolation and disengagement. Soup In Schools – Hastings Community House VIC – $10,000 The program is volunteer run and sources reclaimed food weekly to cook and distribute as a hot lunch program to three local Primary Schools. The program commenced in 2016 with two schools and expanded to three schools in April 2019. The plan with this grant is to continue to expand and grow the program in 2020 by adding two additional local Primary School’s who have sought assistance with a hot lunch for their students. Adaptive Pottery and Crafts at the Arts Hub Thornbury – The Bridge Thornbury VIC – $10,000 A series of inclusive art classes including pottery, painting & collage for individuals with high-needs and disabilities. There is a high demand for accessible and supported arts and ceramics classes that encourage individual expression, capacity building and social connection. The courses will be facilitated by qualified teachers and support workers to ensure participants receive the attention they need. Through this grant, the three 8-week programs will be subsidised decreasing the financial barrier for participants. Carers will be given an opportunity for some time for themselves during these classes with free computer access, relaxation & afternoon tea at The Bridge Thornbury. Reaching to Empower – Power Neighbourhood House VIC – $10,000 Power Neighbourhood House (PNH) will engage ‘hardly reached’ community members in Ashwood/Chadstone with complex needs (e.g. housing, family violence, social isolation, food and material aid), who for many reasons avoid or lack access to health and social connections. More people from this disadvantaged community have been ‘popping into’ the house for a chat and then to seek help. This project will provide PNH with the capacity to connect with these residents, build trust, improve social connections and, where required, provide soft referrals to connect with the local services that could create lasting and positive change to their future. Building Sustainable Pathways and Self Sufficiency for Women – Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) – $10,000 In partnership with Good Samaritan Inn – Family Violence Services (GSI), PRACE will develop and deliver tailored training for women who wish to be employed in GSI’s social enterprise: a cleaning service. The project aims to engage women who have experienced family violence and come from areas that experience socio-economic disadvantage. 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Somali Young Women’s Art Project – Canterbury City Community Centre NSW – $10,000 The aim of Somali Young Women’s Art Project is to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of young women aged 13-19 from Somalia and other North African communities living in the Canterbury Bankstown area. Many of these young women arrived here as refugees or were born in Australia to parents who arrived as refugees and are struggling through their adolescent years – reconciling their traditional family cultural expectations with growing up in Sydney, leading to increased conflict at home. To engage this group and address the above issues, Canterbury City Community Centre will run a 20 week creative arts program. Men’s Building Better Lives Program – Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association QLD – $10,000 The Men’s Building Better Lives program will address the importance of men connecting with each other and teach them strategies to improve and change the way they might act and communicate with others, including parenting skills. Creative Enterprising Women – Wellsprings for Women VIC – $10,000 Creative Enterprising Women involves migrant and refugee women with low levels of English and educational backgrounds who seek financial security, in workshops where they build confidence and get access to income generating pathways. During the workshops the women get to document their existing skills and talents through a skills audit, explore available possibilities for generating income, develop a goal plan and learn about the pathways to micro-businesses, self employment, social enterprises, and other programs. Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods – The Bridge Preston VIC – $10,000 To address food insecurity in Preston, The Bridge will set up a Mobile Bulk Food Co-Op. The Preston 2016 SEIFA index is 994 – high disadvantage. The three key components of food insecurity are inadequate supply, inaccessibility and inappropriate use. This project addresses all three. Vulnerable community members will buy food at a reduced price, without plastic packaging, in appropriate volumes, with cooking demonstrations and recipes. Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods, the first mobile bulk food Co-Op in Melbourne creates increased social capital and wellbeing. It will provide savings, social connectivity and healthy food for the most disadvantaged in the Darebin community. Table of Plenty – Greenacre Area Community Centre NSW – $10,000 Table of Plenty will provide fortnightly lunches, material support and living skills to disadvantaged and vulnerable community members including recently arrived migrants and refugees, people affected by mental health and social housing tenants. The program will provide a cooked nutritious communal lunch, food parcels and skills in preparing low cost nutritious meals, and will link participants with services to reduce poverty, as food is one of the first items to be sacrificed when people experience poverty. FREE – Financial Resilience Empowerment & Education – The Spiers Centre WA – $10,000 The FREE (Financial Resilience Empowerment and Education) program aims to enhance the engagement of Aboriginal people in activities that promote strength, resilience and wellbeing. The community partners engaged in this project have the capacity, experience and commitment to train and support identified community leaders and elders to support their communities in furthering their financial literacy and capability. Kenley Court Neighbourhood House Client Support – Banksia Gardens Community Services VIC – $10,000 Banksia Garden Community Services manages the Kenley Court Neighbourhood House located in Meadow Heights, one of the most disadvantaged suburbs in Hume City Council on Melbourne’s northern fringe. Kenley Court delivers programs for the local community including its successful after-school Study Group primarily targeted at refugee and newly arrived migrant children and young people. A dedicated client support service will help refugees, migrants and other disadvantaged residents take the necessary steps to improve their financial and personal circumstances. SKCC Holiday Clubs – The South Kingsville Community Centre VIC – $5,000 This project will provide a series of holiday programs for children and young adults from disadvantaged cohorts. These programs include a combination of life skills, education, arts and social inclusion. An example program involves art using recyclable materials. The participants explore the work of artists like Jane Perkins and Jason Mecier then recreate their own versions of artwork. Other program types include cooking classes and coding computer classes to aid life skills and education. The centre aims to run at least two programs every school holidays. All Girls are Knockouts – Laverton Community Integrated Services VIC – $10,000 Laverton Community Integrated Services in partnership with the Laverton Youth Foundation and Laverton Boxing Gym will run a female youth program targeting the young CALD women who reside within the Hobsons Bay and Wyndham municipalities. 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Seeds for Change – Ottoway Takes Action on Climate Change – Junction Community Centre Inc SA – $10,000 Ottoway has the capacity to show how neighbourhoods can affordably green and cool our streets and gardens, foster friendships and create habitat for local flora and fauna. The Seeds for Change initiative invites neighbours to a series of free spring and summer propagation workshops where they share skills and nurture native, drought tolerant species to be planted throughout winter in residents’ front gardens and verges. This place-making activity shows how local action can transform lives and communities. It is hands on and lends itself to intergenerational and intercultural involvement that honours Indigenous culture. Strengthening Women Program – Yangebup Family Centre Inc WA – $8,465 This program will deliver eight workshops to support women who are disadvantaged to develop self-esteem, self-care, resilience and employment skills. 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