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Westpac Foundation Grant recipients in 2016

State Organisation Name Description
ACT HOME in Queanbeyan HOME in Queanbeyan is a community based response to provide a home for people with chronic mental illness who struggle to live independently or may be at risk of homelessness: a place where people can live with the dignity and love they deserve. Residents live in self-contained one bedroom units and have access to a communal dining/living area. HOME is responsible both financially and physically for all the buildings, fittings and maintenance of these buildings.
 ACT St Benedict's Community Centre St Benedict's is a highly regarded community organisation which has provided free meals to those in need in Queanbeyan (in one form or other) for over 30 years. Over this time the service has evolved into the provision of emergency relief services (including food parcels, brokerage, counselling and advocacy) as well the provision of accommodation for homeless people.
ACT  Uniting Care Kippax

Uniting Care Kippax is a community organisation devoted to building healthy individuals, thriving families and a connected, resilient West Belconnen community. Uniting Care Kippax is part of the Australia-wide Uniting Care network, which offers diverse, high quality community services through more than 400 Uniting Care agencies.  As a community service agency, we run a variety of programs, funded from a number of sources, to assist the people of West Belconnen who struggle with issues of low income, housing stress, relationship problems, and social disadvantage.

 NSW Australian Theatre for Young People

ATYP exists to help young people find their voice and together, inspire all Australians. We believe that an involvement in theatre builds better people. Theatre develops confidence, creativity and community. It challenges us to reflect on and better understand ourselves and the society of which we are a part. Young people are a vital part of that society. Most importantly, ATYP's work is motivated by the need to improve access for all young Australians to participate in the arts regardless of social, economic or geographical barriers. To this end we work with government and other organisations to provide opportunities for all young people to reach their full potential.

 NSW B Miles Women's Foundation

B Miles Women’s Foundation (BMWF) is funded by Family and Community Services; Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) program. BMWF is the Lead Agency for the Inner City Service for Women with Complex Needs. The Foundation provides services to women experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness who are also impacted by mental illness. BMWF's programs assist women to stabilise their circumstances, build their capacity to maintain or progress to longer-term living arrangements, and to sustain mental health stability.

 NSW Be Centre Foundation

Be Centre is a charity established in 2008 focussed on providing early intervention in the form of Play Therapy to children aged 3-13 with emotional, behavioural, psychological or social issues. Be Centre's mission is to assist as many children as possible through Play Therapy. This ensures children do not take childhood issues into adult life, helping the child, their family and the community. Unresolved childhood trauma costs the Australian community $9billion pa.( Dr Kezelman, Pegusus Economics).


Beyond Empathy Limited

Beyond Empathy (BE) exists to transform disadvantaged individuals and communities using art as a tool to build new pathways into improved health, education, employment and social inclusion.

 NSW Challenge Southern Highlands Inc.

Challenge Southern Highlands is a community based charity that operates Welby Garden Centre as an Australian Disabilities Enterprise. Its mission is to run a viable business, which provides a high quality employment and training service. This service is provided within a positive environment so that employees, as valued consumers, may acquire vocational skills, earn meaningful wages and reach their goals.

 NSW Documentary Australia Foundation Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is the nation’s only independent, non-profit organisation that creates social impact through documentary film. Founded in 2008, we make it possible for philanthropists to tax-effectively collaborate with filmmakers to tell stories that change lives. We are a unique and powerful advocate for social change through storytelling. Our expertise lies in the way we inspire and nurture partnerships between documentary filmmakers and philanthropists, corporate and not-for- profit organisations
 NSW Eagles RAPS Inc Our Mission Statement is:  Eagles RAPS Inc will, in its endeavours to prevent youth suicide, provide an environment and facilities to possibly encourage the personal growth of today's youth by assisting them to achieve their own goals, dreams and aspirations, thereby helping create their own happiness and fulfilment of life.  Eagles RAPS Inc will attempt to bring young people together in a community environment which will in turn provide young people with a stronger, more supportive and safer network in which they will live, work and study.
 NSW First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation Our mission is to relieve the suffering, distress, misfortune, helplessness, disadvantage and poverty experienced by Indigenous people and at risk youth through the areas of education, training & employment, cultural development and enrichment, and physical and psychological well-being.  Our Blak markets is a Social Enterprise and provides a small Aboriginal business incubator and youth training and employment activities. It's a low risk user friendly market place for small Aboriginal businesses at varying levels to test products, pricing and build their capabilities.
 NSW Flashpoint Labs Flashpoint Labs improves the lives of young people by supporting them to create meaningful careers and by empowering them to improve the wellbeing of their communities. Our mission is to empower young people from diverse backgrounds to be creative professionals and changemakers by delivering breakthrough learning experiences and providing ongoing coaching, training and connection to industry. Flashpoint Labs is a socially innovative professional photography agency and training academy and is unique as a Not-For-Profit in Australia. Our vision is for a diverse and creative world.
 NSW Full Stop Foundation The Full Stop Foundation has been established to generate much needed funding for support services to assist those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence towards recovery, and to develop innovative evidence-based initiatives to stop this violence from happening. Our mission is to stop sexual assault and domestic violence – Full Stop.
 NSW Hornsby Kuringai Women's Shelter

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter (HKWS) provides safe, temporary, supported accommodation for women in times of such crisis. The mission of HKWS is to create a safe environment for homeless women who are unaccompanied by dependent children. Using a participative management approach, our goal is to help empower these women to make active decisions about their current situation and encourage them to make choices which will improve their quality of life. The women share skills, ideas and information and with support from case workers, help each other. HKWS is able to assist 10 women at a time for up to 3 months, meaning we can help up to 50 homeless women each year. The overwhelming need for HKWS is already proven as after 12 months, the Shelter has been operating at full capacity and 211 women seeking shelter have had to be turned away.

 NSW Indigenous Community Volunteers ICV is a registered charity which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop community and human capacity to improve their quality of life, health, social and economic well-being and inclusion within Australian society. 
 NSW Indigenous Marathon Foundation The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) is a health promotion charity with DGR status established in 2009 by world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella. The IMF uses the marathon, running and physical activity to create inspirational Indigenous leaders who drive social change, promote active and healthy lifestyles, and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement, with the aim of addressing and combating the high incidence of heart disease, diabetes, suicide, obesity and other chronic disease and dysfunctional behaviours plaguing Australia’s Indigenous population. 
 NSW Milk Crate Theatre Milk Crate Theatre works with an Ensemble of artists who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to create theatre that creates change.
 NSW Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency The Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) provides casework, advocacy, information, educational support, referral, and projects services to migrants, refugees and the wider community in the Blacktown area. All of the activities, programs and projects run by MECA are designed to assist new migrants and refugees to settle into Australian society and become valuable members of the community, through skills development and culturally sensitive information delivery

Muru Mittigar Limited

Muru Mittigar Limited is an Aboriginal social enterprise which provides training and employment through 'Caring for Country' land management works, an onsite Community Finance Hub and Provenance Plant Nursery, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management and Tourism. 
 NSW Nulawala Inc (Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir)

Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir is an Indigenous-led community, organisation that fosters participation of local Aboriginal children and their families (parents, grandparents and Elders) in the choir’s weekly program. The majority of songs are sung in traditional Dharug language – the first Aboriginal language of Sydney. The Choir incorporates an inclusive, holistic family-centred approach to addressing issues related to disadvantage of Indigenous Australians in the Mt Druitt and Blacktown community. The areas of priority need are identified as disempowerment, poor cultural identity, negative self-worth, low levels of education and poor health and wellbeing.

 NSW Raise Foundation

Raise provides mentoring programs & personal development workshops for vulnerable young Australians facing profound challenges in their lives including mental health, substance misuse, teen pregnancy, sexual health issues or may come from stressful home environments.


Studio ARTES Northside

Studio A tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
 NSW Sutherland Shire Carer Support Service Sutherland Shire Carer Support Service (SSCSS) provides a wide range of support to people with a disability and their carers in our community, mainly through our focus on information, support, advocacy and counselling. We are a not for profit, non government, community based organisation.
 NSW The Helmsman Project

The Helmsman Project’s mission is to equip young people affected by disadvantage with the psychological skills and broadened perspective necessary to set meaningful goals, overcome setbacks and persevere in the pursuit of their dreams.  Our innovative program, delivered to students affected by disadvantage, combines coaching and practical learning experiences. The program draws upon evidence from developmental and coaching psychology and aims to support young people to develop ‘life skills’ - in particular hope, self-regulation, resilience - so they can make better decisions for their education and life.


Touched by Olivia Foundation

Touched by Olivia (TBO) is a not for profit organisation that is a catalyst to building belonging on communities. TBO help facilitate the development and implementation of inclusive playgrounds to relieve disability.
  NSW West Connect Domestic Violence Services Inc The main objective of The Drive Program is to help Women who have experienced domestic violence to obtain a drivers licence and as a result independence to prevent them returning to the cycle of violence.

Women's Community Shelters

Women's Community Shelters works with local communities in NSW to establish new crisis accommodation shelters for women with and without children. The women we support are homeless or leaving domestic violence. The shelters provide up to three months accommodation and active, individual case management support to residents.

 NSW Wyoming Community Centre

Wyoming Community Centre Inc. is an incorporated Association that commenced operations in October, 1990. The Association is a non-profit, welfare and benevolent organisation whose main objective is to provide assistance to the socially and economically disadvantaged of our community.


Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Ltd

The AILC has changed the lives of thousands of Indigenous people through Indigenous leadership and governance programs – including more than 2000 that have completed accredited AILC qualifications.  We seek to improve employment, career and life outcomes for Indigenous leaders, their families and communities by building capacity in leadership and governance among Indigenous people.

 NT Enterprise Learning Projects ELP addresses the issue of economic exclusion by providing capacity building support to people living in remote Aboriginal communities. ELP's support enables Aboriginal people to understand how the market economy works, and to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to navigate it effectively. ELP introduces grassroots enterprise development as a tool for economic empowerment, supporting people to explore, establish and grow microenterprises to create jobs, share culture and foster learning.  ELP’s vision is: within two generations, Aboriginal people living in remote Australia will have the ability to identify and pursue business opportunities.

Anglican Sailing Adventures in Life Skills inc. (SAILS)

The WELL SAILS is a non-funded Public Benevolent Fund Charity.  Primarily staffed by dedicated  volunteers with the professional qualifications to suit their area of involvement.  
 Our mission is to mentor children youth & families in crisis and youth at risk from depression & suicide.  
 Programs include at risk early childhood, Indigenous partnerships including healing of the land.  
Parenting programs,  drug and alcohol programs,  education, rehab. at risk kayaking and sailing,   
 Accommodation house plus a smaller unit for at risk girls/mums/children.
 QLD Community Accommodation & Support Agency Inc.

Community Accommodation & Support Agency Inc. CASA's vision is to have functioning households in sustainable housing.   CASA aims to strengthen households in the Mackay area by providing tailored housing and support services to achieve independence, stability and self-reliance.

 QLD Conductive Educations Queensland (CEQ)

Conductive Educations Queensland (CEQ) is a holistic, multi-disciplinary EDUCATION system that uses music, rhythm & repetition to teach youth with life-long movement disorders how to control their bodies. These disorders include cerebral palsy, Spina Bifid, and acquired brain injuries.  CE focuses on the skills needed to become MORE INDEPENDENT. It combines MEDICAL knowledge/EDUCATIONAL methods to enable individuals to learn (or re-learn) how to gain control of his/her motor functions.

 QLD Fishers of Men

Our mission is to assist disadvantaged people especially those suffering from homelessness in practical ways as resources allow, including the provision of food, blankets, clothing accommodation, furniture and transportation, offering participation in social and community activities which would otherwise be inaccessible, and Provide a framework for that service to happen, including fundraising, thereby equipping members of the community who wish to volunteer their time and services to help others in this manner".

 QLD Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth

Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth is a not for profit organisation that supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  
Mission Statement 
To encourage young people to reach their full potential by providing quality services in a safe and supportive environment.


Gondwana Choirs

Gondwana Choirs is a unique leader in Australian choral performance, shaping the Australian sound through the creation and presentation of innovative new work and providing opportunities to talented young Australians across the continent by providing world-class training by leading artists.


Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation

The Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation is an incorporated community organisation formed to provide a variety of services and alternate, foster care and child protection services to enhance the safety and stability of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander community and their children.

Horse Whispering Youth Program Inc

We have been operating since 2010 from the property in Tallebudgera.  Annually this program works with approximately 200 young people between the ages of 12 – 18yrs.  The programs works with disadvantaged young people to develop effective communication and body language skills; learn emotional control; and to build self-confidence and trust in others.  These are all important life skills and are needed to provide young people with increased capacity to undertake study, gain and maintain employment and be successful in relationships and engage with the wider community

 QLD Karakan Ltd (Trading as KBH Enterprises)

KBH Enterprises is an Australian Disability Enterprise focussed on providing appropriate, supported employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability and/or mental illness.  Karakan's mission statement is 'To work in partnership with people who identify as having mental illness, their families and the community to enable the individual to achieve greater autonomy in their lives'.

 QLD Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre Ltd.

Logan Women’s offers free counselling and community education to women over the age of 14 years. We focus on four key social issues from the National Women’s Health Policy - sexual and reproductive health, mental health and wellbeing; healthy ageing and chronic disease.

 QLD Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative

Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC) creates long-term employment for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues as well as opening up employment pathways for other marginalized groups. NCEC is an award winning Social Enterprise and recognized for its work creating sustainable employment opportunities with those for whom funded services, had not worked. NCEC has particular expertise in social enterprise and small business development and has mentored/trained a number of now successful social enterprises managed by marginalized groups.

 QLD One Step Alliance

We provide employment pathways for at-risk youth on the Sunshine Coast by working with employment agencies who refer their long-term unemployed who cannot get driver's licenses due to troubled home environments. We link them with volunteers and driving schools to provide free driving lessons through a program called "Drive 100 Hours". This enables them to get the hours needed to obtain the P-license, and from there to find employment.

 QLD Sailability Gold Coast - Welcome to Sailability®

An organisation facilitating sailing for everyone, regardless of age or ability.  Sailability is a "not for profit", volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged. The principle aim of Sailability Gold Coast is to facilitate sailing and boating activities, in all forms, for people with disabilities. The sport of sailing has given added meaning to the words freedom and fun for a person with diminished capabilities be they physical, intellectual or both. This is the experience we hope to give to all persons regardless of their ability.

 QLD Skilling Australia Foundation

Since 2013 Skilling Australia Foundation has empowered, skilled and supported over 600 disadvantaged young adults to successfully transition from school into the world of work.  Working with a network of schools, TAFEs, support services and employers we provide tailored job ready programs to match the needs of young adults.  These programs included providing job ready skills, real work experience, mentoring and employment opportunities into skilled professions, with a focus on apprenticeships and traineeships.  We can also offer tuition fee relief and scholarships in some instances.

 QLD Suited to Success Inc (STS)

Suited to Success (STS) mission is to work with individuals in need to provide personalised support to secure lasting employment. Our STS goals mirror those of the Westpac Community Grants namely: to improve employment pathways, educational opportunities and thereby the quality of life for people in need.

STS focuses on overcoming disadvantage by providing the tools and means for our clients to live proudly, independently, and successfully. Primarily, this is through our unique suiting program assisting clients to become interview ready. This service is provided at no cost to our clients delivered by trained volunteers.

At their first visit to our Boutique, our stylists help each client select a complete outfit suitable for interview. We provide techniques to improve interview skills, which help build their self-confidence, courage and bring out their best to present well and be successful.

 QLD The Carers Foundation

Our mission is to prevent mental and physical health crisis breakdowns of the 2.7 million unpaid-carers in Australia, at a purpose built centre specifically for them. This centre offers educational wellness programs which rejuvenates carers to maintain their health and wellbeing.  
It is a documented fact that Carers have some of the worst physical and mental wellbeing of any known group in the community. Recent research has revealed that one-in-six family carers have seriously contemplated killing themselves and 20% of those are likely to attempt suicide in the future. It has also shown that some carers contemplate killing the person with the condition, especially dementia, out of frustration, fatigue, compassion or self-defence.

 QLD Wishlist (Sunshine Coast Health Foundation)

Wishlist is the Coast's local hospital foundation dedicated to fundraising for the needs of our public health service. Annually we pledge more than $1million to providing new and upgraded equipment, training, support programs and research funding for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Since 1998, Wishlist - with the help of a generous and committed community - has directed more than $12.5million towards supporting the Coast's health system.   The funds raised on the Sunshine Coast stay locally and are injected into our local hospitals including Gympie, Maleny, Nambour and Caloundra hospitals.


Down Syndrome SA

Down Syndrome SA's vision is to create an inclusive South Australia where every individual with Down syndrome is given an equal chance to learn, grow and thrive. We advocate for and offer a range of services to people with Down syndrome, global developmental delay and other chromosomal disorders and their families. We provide family support, educational consultancy, leisure and recreation activities and well as life education and work skills.

 SA JusticeNet SA Incorporated

A not-for-profit legal service that provides free legal help to low-income and disadvantaged clients. JusticeNet is a registered charity and has Deductable Gift Recipient status. JusticeNet partners with a network of lawyers to provide free legal advice and representation for individuals who lack the means to afford a lawyer and who cannot obtain the legal help they need elsewhere.

 SA Puddle Jumpers Incorporated

Puddle Jumpers provides opportunities and support for children and families at risk, through holidays and recreational activities designed to promote personal, social, cultural growth and development. Programs are designed to empower young people to develop social, communication, co-operation, team building, conflict management and problem solving skills; as well as developing self-esteem and confidence.

TAS Bridgewater Police and Community Youth Club

BPCYC was established in 1979 to provide sport and recreational activities for residents of the then totally Housing Department areas of Bridgewater and Gagebrook as a means of reducing crime/other anti-social behaviours stemming from lack of services. However, over time the objectives of the organisation have shifted more towards social assistance programs.  The general aim of Bridgewater PCYC is to provide sport, recreation, educational, health and social services and activities to the children, youth and adults of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and surrounding areas within the Brighton Municipality.

 TAS Hobart Women's Shelter Shelter

Provides a range of programs to women and children at risk of homelessness and / or who are experiencing family violence. Hobart Women’s Shelter aims to empower women and children to lead independent and fulfilling lives and envisions that all women and their children can live in a community free from violence and injustice.


Abacus Learning Centre Ltd.

Abacus provides crucial intensive early intervention programs specifically designed to enable children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to reach their potential. Programs are based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) which is scientifically proven to be effective in significantly improving outcomes of ASD children.
 VIC Action On Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc.

ADEC's vision is to empower people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian Community. The Mission is to assist people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to access services and ensure that service systems are inclusive and responsive to their needs.

 VIC Ardoch Youth Foundation

Ardoch Youth Foundation’s vision is that every child’s and young person’s potential is realised through full participation in education. Our primary objective is to build the capacity of secondary and primary schools, early years services and communities to deliver targeted programs that will improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in areas of high need and enable them to access learning, stay in school and reach their full potential.

 VIC Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights

The AMWCHR is a secular , non-religious organisation of Muslim women working to advance the rights and status of Muslim women in Australia. We assist Muslim women by:

  • empowering women’s self-determination, 
  • bringing a human rights approach to bear on issues of inequality and disadvantage,
  • working with individuals, the community, and government to advocate for equality within the Australian context.

We aim to inspire positive action by others and aspire to continuously enhance the quality, impact and effectiveness of our work. We are a no-religious organization. This allows us to work with all Muslim women. The recognition of plurality within Islam ensures our accessibility and relevance to all sects, schools and groups within the Muslim community.

 VIC Bendigo Family and Financial Services Inc.(BFFS)

BFFS was established in 2006 to help break the cycles of material aid and generational poverty in Bendigo.   We aim to build financial literacy and resilience among those most at risk of financial exclusion and disadvantage. We provide all our services in a manner that encourages and supports each client towards better life choices, the daily management of their income and self-empowerment.

 VIC Boots For All Inc

Boots For All is a not-for-profit organisation which collects new and near-new sports equipment for distribution to disadvantaged teams across Australia. Vision: An active and socially inclusive Australia through sport. Mission: We break down barriers to sport participation and strengthen communities by collecting and distributing quality, new and used sporting equipment to vulnerable Australians.

 VIC Buffed

Buffed is a shoe and leather care business that operates leather care sites in public and business locations across Australia. Services include "in seat" services, "drop off" services, "in office" shoe care and services at conferences and events. Each Buffed site is a micro business owned by the operator which creates the long term platform for financial and social sustainability. The businesses and community interaction achieved through each operation of the business assists in the development of portable skills such as English language, numeracy, personal presentation etc that assists the operator gain a longer term foothold in the jobs market.


City in the Community

City in the Community is a newly formed charity  whose mission is to use football to have a positive impact on peoples' lives, in particular those disadvantaged through disability or socio economic circumstances.  Social issues that City in the Community addresses are social inclusion, employment, education, health and crime prevention.

 VIC Creativity Australia

Loneliness, and the depression which accompanies it, is the global epidemic of our era. Creativity Australia ( is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation. We bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures. Together we change the world… one voice at a time.  CA aims to create positive outcomes for people experiencing mental illness, disability, disadvantage, unemployment or homelessness.

 VIC Family Access Network

Family Access Network (FAN) provides support within a case management framework to vulnerable young people aged 15 to 25, young families, and their accompanying children in the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR). FAN is underpinned by a strong client focused, rights based approach that seeks to maximise positive intervention and strategic responses

 VIC FareShare

FareShare runs Australia's largest charity kitchen. Every week our volunteers cook surplus and donated food into 25,000 nutritious and tasty meals for people doing it tough. Whether they are FareShare casseroles or curries, soups or pasta, sausage rolls or quiches, our wholesome meals are available free of charge to charities across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

 VIC Geelong Inclusive Limited

Geelong Inclusive Limited (GIL) has responded to the call of the domestic violence network to provide emergency accommodation for women escaping domestic violence. To date our organisation has been established in a refitted nursing home in Geelong. Our mission is to work with the vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised members of our community.


Gippsland Multicultural Services Inc

We envisage an inclusive and just society that encapsulates a strong sense of community without racism where migrants and refugees gain value, honour and dignity. To assist in the provision of facilities and services to ethnic groups, including women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities and newly emerging ethnic groups, that alleviate suffering and enhance participation.

 VIC High Resolves

High Resolves' mission is to empower young people with the motivation, skills and confidence to be purposeful global citizens and to lead their communities and the world to a brighter future. This project is in collaboration with Pakenham Secondary College, a relatively disadvantaged government school with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) of below 1,000 (945).

 VIC Inclusion Melbourne

Inclusion Melbourne is an innovative disability service for people with an intellectual disability that was founded in 1948. Our vision is for people with intellectual disability to live in an inclusive community where everyone has the same opportunities to participate in community life and to take their place in society as respected citizens. All our activities take place in the community rather than in segregated day centres where the people we support can follow their own interests (to work, to volunteer, take part in leisure and hobby activities or training) and form genuine relationships and networks in the wider community.

 VIC Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region (ILMR)

ILMR is a not-for-profit, non-government, charitable organization which provides client driven, quality recreation and respite services to people living with a disability across the Loddon Mallee Region.  The organization offers a variety of programs including: the host program, volunteering opportunities, respite, skills development, social and community access, day programs, interest and hobby groups, school holiday programs and fee-for-services.   ILMR was founded in 1983 and currently employs 16 permanent employees, 52 casual staff and approximately 38 volunteers who assist in the provision of social programs.

 VIC joiningthedots

joiningthedots is a non-profit organisation and registered charity, founded by Penny Elsley in 2010.  
The vision of joiningthedots is to see communities become fully alive to the interconnections which lead to a meaningful, sustainable life for the earth and its inhabitants.  
The primary objective of joiningthedots is to create opportunities for meaningful encounters which not only foster positive relationships between community members but also promote necessary shifts in perception and values, leading to increased social cohesion and social well being amongst the community.

 VIC Life! Central - Resources Incorporated in 2004, Life! Central – Resources operates a range of preventative programs focusing on suicide prevention, youth engagement and mentoring.  Our primary goal is to minimise the risk of youth transitioning to circumstances that require remedial intervention and in doing so, strengthen our community. Life! Central Resources offers at-risk youth the opportunity to make a dramatic change in their lives. We seek to address issues directly impacting marginalised and at risk youth in the region. The goals of our programs are, to identify young people who are experiencing turbulent transition to adulthood and offer a positive support to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives and to provide suicide prevention education and support to the wider community.
 VIC Outer Urban Projects

OUP aims to create new forms of contemporary performance imagined from the life experiences of an outer northern suburb participant and emerging artists base–a part of Melbourne that although not at the epicentre of mainstream cultural life possesses great artistic wealth and community energy.  We give voice to the unexpressed aspirations and creative potential of marginalised culturally diverse young people in this region.  We invite youth of any cultural background to take responsibility for artistic content and performance

 VIC Reading Out of Poverty

Mission: To improve literacy and break the cycle of poverty .Our primary purpose is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children to engage in reading and early literacy development activities so that they develop a love for and habit of reading from a young age, become confident learners, remain engaged in education and achieve higher educational and employment outcomes.

 VIC River Nile Learning Centre (RNLC)

RNLC is a charitable organisation that educates young refugee and asylum seeker women to provide them with the opportunity of participating in our community on a more equal footing.  Our mission is to bring change through education. When you educate the mother you educate the whole family. Through education, we are breaking the cycle of dependence on social welfare of mothers and their children.

 VIC Samaritan House Geelong

Samaritan House Geelong (SHG) was established in 2012 to provide overnight crisis accommodation for homeless men in a place of sanctuary where they can rest and recover. In August 2015 a purpose built facility was developed on the site and supports up to 13 men who would otherwise be on the streets. The main purpose of SHG is to provide safe and comfortable overnight accommodation to homeless men aged over 18 in an environment that is as homely as possible.

 VIC Shakti Migrant & Refugee Women's Support Group Melbourne Inc.-

Shakti is a social transformation organisation led by and for women from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  We are dedicated to promoting a just and fair Australia by empowering vulnerable and marginalised migrant and refugee families to speak out against all forms of family violence and culturally-sanctioned abuse.  Our culturally-specialist family violence intervention and prevention services prioritises safety of marginalised women and children in extremely high-risk circumstances such as under-aged/forced marriage, dowry-related violence, female genital mutilation and honour-based violence.

 VIC St Kilda Police and Citizens Youth Club

The St Kilda PCYC is an established charity established in 1947 by Olive Johnston. Olive took young people in of the streets and allowed them to play games in her back yard instead of roaming the street’s We have a community gym in Inkerman Street, St Kilda but we primarily run outreach programs for ‘at-risk’, disadvantaged and disengaged youth living in local (St Kilda, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Prahran) commission housing Estates. We provide fresh fruit and run sport/recreational activities on a daily basis in order to keep the youth out of trouble and in a better state of mind. We are self-funding and rely on the support of the volunteers, the local community and grants to help run programs. Our outreach programs run 5 days per week for 48 weeks on the year, rain hail and shine.

 VIC The Compassionate Friends - Victoria Inc.

The Compassionate Friends Victoria (TCF) mission is to offer mutual assistance through self-help peer support with face-to-face groups, 24hr telephone support, and online support to parents, grandparents, and siblings following the death of a son or daughter, grandchild, brother or sister, of any age and from any cause. Our aim is to partner with the bereaved to improve their quality of life so that they may move forward to a position of strength.


The Migrant Resource Centre North West Region Inc.

The Migrant Resource Centre is a not-for-profit, community based organisation established in 1989 that provides settlement support and case management assistance for migrants and refugees together with aged care and disability support services. We assist clients and community groups to improve their participation and integration in Australia through the identification and resolution of settlement challenges, empowerment through culturally approachable services, and advocacy and support programmes providing sustainable quality care that strengthen the most vulnerable in our community.

 VIC The Social Studio (TSS)

TSS is a not-for-profit social enterprise, established in 2009 to provide educational opportunities and employment pathways for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Melbourne. TSS comprises a training school (offering TAFE and pre-accredited level training), a café and catering business, a fashion label, a clothing manufacturing business and a digital printing studio, employing 18 paid staff and over 50 volunteers, the majority of whom are from refugee or migrant backgrounds.

 VIC Urban Seed Urban Seed is a grassroots community development organisation, that prioritises dynamic projects run for and by locals, specific to the needs of the community. Through hospitality in the form of food, recreation and creative art, we seek to foster safe spaces with a sense of home. Our work is incarnational, meaning that small groups of Urban Seed Residents eat, sleep and play within the communities that they work. We combine this non-professionalised incarnational approach with the work of specialist community development practitioners.  Our mission is to create a safe space for everybody, particularly people experiencing marginalisation, to belong. 
 VIC West Welcome Wagon

West Welcome Wagon is an inspiring grass roots response from residents in Melbourne's west to the plight of asylum seekers living in their community. WWW arose from the dismay one Yarraville resident, Mia McGregor, felt when she realised that a family of asylum seekers had been living in an apartment in her neighbourhood for six weeks without electricity, furniture or bedding.

 VIC Western Chances

Western Chances provides new and renewal scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support to talented young people whose financial, social or cultural circumstances are preventing them from accessing educational and career opportunities and fulfilling their potential. Our main objective is to ensure that disadvantaged young people with talent and motivation have equal opportunity to remain in education and to pursue a pathway to further education, training and employment.

 VIC Good Cycles

Facilitating access to opportunities through bicycles. Good Cycles is a social enterprise that focuses on engaging vulnerable communities to create and facilitate opportunities for Melbourne’s most disadvantaged. We use bicycles to develop vocational skills and support our participants to find meaningful employment. Our bicycle programs engage people in isolated and vulnerable communities, giving them freedom of mobility, access to resources, economic opportunities and a healthy routine. Bicycles empower and increase the resilience of these communities. Underpinning this are strong collaborations with local organisations including governments, community agencies, schools, corporates and bike-based organisations.

 WA ARTrinsic Inc

ARTrinsic Inc is a not-for-profit organization set up in 2007. It is responsible for the creation of WA’s most prestigious national Art Prize held in the heart of WA. With a specific focus on the popular and fine art of Portraiture ARTrinsic’s vision is "to engage the community to embrace and enjoy the visual arts".

 WA Boonderu Music Academy

Boonderu Music Academy is an embedded education and employment initiative that supports self-worth, school attendance and literacy and numeracy through the study of music, connection to culture and live performance.

 WA Camera Story

Camera Story  was established for the public charitable purpose of promoting visual arts, particularly photography, by, but without limitation to, educating people in the arts and promoting their work

a) in schools located in low socio-economic areas;

b)in remote communities; and

c) through establishing educational and promotional digital networks. 

 WA Dismantle Inc.

Dismantle Inc. is a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses dynamic hands-on activities as vehicles for outreach, engagement and mentoring for at-risk youth. The programs aims to connect young people to partner services through these dynamic programs, reinforce a positive relationship between young people and the staff there and then enable the service to provide the support. The mission of the youth programs is to enable young people to achieve their potential and become financially independent.

 WA Finucare Finucare provides free service for both financial counselling and emergency relief support services for internal clients and housing and homelessness agencies across the Peel region. We have 3 service outlets: Mandurah, Pinjarra and Waroona, offering face-to-face, phone & internet based counselling. Our Vision: A financially independent and empowered community. Our Mission: To provide information, education, negotiation, advocacy and financial crisis support to all community members to enable opportunity of financial independence.
 WA Growing Change

Growing Change exists to eliminate social isolation and smash the stigma attached to mental illness. Our mission is to empower people, build social inclusion and provide pathways to sustainable livelihoods through growing, making and selling food. We use social farming and horticulture to create positive social change.


Headland Women's Refuge

Hedland Women's Refuge Inc was established in Port Hedland 1987 to provide safe, emergency accommodation to women with or without children escaping family and domestic violence or have become homeless due to an unforeseen crisis.   Our goal is to support women from being victims of domestic violence to becoming survivors helping and assisting them in rebuilding their lives and breaking the cycle of violence.
 WA Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre provides inclusive, holistic health and wellbeing services for women  from refugee and migrant backgrounds using a 'social model' of health in which the 'medical' condition is not separated from the personal, social, cultural, financial, race, age, or gender related problems.  Women are provided with clinical health support, information, advice, counselling, training, education, family and social support so they are empowered to deal with problems themselves, or are referred on to a more appropriate agency.

Leading Youth Forward

Leading Youth Forward (LYF) is a completely volunteer youth-led organisation established in 2011, working to address youth disadvantage in the Perth community. LYF provides one-on-one mentorships to approximately 92 Perth teens aged 12 to 15 who referred on the basis of demonstrated significant financial, social, emotional or parental hardship. LYF’s overall goals include encouraging positive behaviours such as responsible decision-making, social connectedness, educational engagement and preparation for employment, also reducing high-risk behaviours such as crime and alcohol/drug-use and unemployment.


Otitis Media Group Inc T/A Earbus Foundation of WA

Earbus Foundation (EFWA) is a WA-based Children's charity that works to reduce the incidence of middle-ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children. The mission of EFWAis to reduce the incidence of middle ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in Western Australia below the World Health Organization "pandemic" benchmark of 4%.

 WA The Wirrpanda Foundation Limited

The Wirrpanda Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across our three pillars of education, employment and health. The priority of the Foundation remains employing local Aboriginal role models who are empowered to build capacity in their own communities.


Welcome to Australia

Welcome to Australia connects everyday Australians with practical opportunities to volunteer their skills and dedicate their passion to ensure all people, no matter their background, are welcomed into the Australian community. Volunteers are invited to participate in developing a culture of welcome; to establish a culture that represents Australian values of diversity, compassion, generosity and a commitment to giving all people a fair go.

 WA Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation Inc

Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation Inc The Wheels for Hope program provides safe, reliable transport for WA families with disability....changing lives through mobility for families who do not have access to transport. Wheels for Hope has a fleet of wheelchair vans, that are loaned to eligible families to access medical and remedial services, education, and community activities. The vehicles are fully maintained by the Foundation - which covers the annual cost for Insurance, Licensing, Service and maintenance.

 WA Wheelchair Sports WA

Wheelchair Sports WA We use social, recreational and sporting opportunities to ensure people with a disability have the opportunity to lead full, healthy and happy lives. Our Mission is to improve the health and well being of West Australians living with a physical disability via engagement in lifestyle, recreational and sporting activities. Our Vision is that people living with a physical disability will have an enhanced quality of life, enjoying improved mobility, stronger self-esteem and confidence and the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 WA Zonta House Refuge Association

Zonta House is one of the largest refuge association's in Western Australia and has extensive experience in developing programs, delivering services and achieving successful outcomes. Our vision is to provide support services to women who have experienced family and domestic violence, homelessness and any other crises enabling them the opportunity to make safe and sustainable life choices.