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Community Club Grants

ClubGRANTS 2019/2020

Miracle Babies Foundation

“Better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity and sickness.”

Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 27,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1,000 babies lose their fight for life.

For families, the experience of having a baby come into the world not as expected or planned is life changing. Without support, this overwhelming and traumatic experience can have lifelong effects on the emotional wellbeing of these miracle families. It affects the entire family unit.

Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond.

Australia is home to 23 state of the art intensive care units designed to meet the unique and critical needs of our earliest and sickest babies. Working with health professionals on the joint agenda of better outcomes for families, Miracle Babies provides informative education and insight on a family’s experience and funding for equipment, resources and research.

Project

Educating families with babies born premature or sick about research/trials

Project Summary:

This project will educate parents with babies born premature and sick in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(NICU) about the value and importance of their babies participating in medical research.

Information will be developed and printed in multiple languages to include in NICU Survival Packs and for display at Liverpool Hospital to empower parents and allay fears they may have about research trials.

Other information flyers, for within NICU Grad Bags, will encourage families to be involved in future research surveys on a range of topics associated with the care of premature or sick babies, about which they will have important insights.

Funding Granted: $34,929

The Shepherd Centre

“To enable children who are deaf and hearing-impaired to develop spoken language so they may fully participate in the world, and in doing so, reach their full potential.”

The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit providing specialised programs for children with hearing loss and their families. Our programs meet the needs of children of all ages; from our world-leading early intervention system for babies and toddlers, through to our mentoring program, Hear for You, which supports school-aged children and teenagers.

We have been enabling children with hearing loss to develop their listening and spoken language, literacy, and social skills for over 50 years, ensuring they can go on to achieve their full potential in life. We currently support over 700 families all over Australia with Online Telehealth for rural and regional areas and seven in-person centres in NSW and the ACT.

Our global platform HearHub supports health professionals working with children with hearing loss all over the world.

Project

Talk Together – an education and support group program for parents children with hearing loss in Liverpool

Project Summary

‘Talk Together’ is a group program designed to educate and support parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss living in Liverpool area.

Educating these parents about hearing loss and supporting them at the start of their journey is the foundation for their children to develop effective speech and communication skills, which will empower them to overcome the challenges and disadvantages of their disability, and reach their potential.

Funding Granted: $9,295

Stand Tall Australia Limited

HOPE is a fundamental component in suicide prevention” – Ms Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Founded in 2012 by Jeanine Treharne, Angela Farr-Jones and Roslyn Hills in response to the tragic level of drug-use, depression, bullying, hopelessness and self-harm among High School students.

They are mums who had the desire to see change in the next generation by providing young students with hope for their future. Jeanine and Angela set about creating a unique one-day TEDx style event which has the ability to get cut-though with teenagers and change their mind sets – and ultimately the course of their lives.

From humble beginnings in 2013 where 1,200 secondary students sat in a school hall to hear inspiring stories of hope from a diversity of speakers, the success of this first event triggered a new way of providing effective wellbeing lessons to secondary students. Stand Tall has now become the largest youth event of it’s kind in Australia, experiencing exponential growth over the last eight  years. Student cohorts, from a range of schools (generally years 8 to 11), gather in the massive ICC Sydney theatre to hear messages of hope from speakers who have either faced major adversities, or set themselves incredible goals and have then gone on to lead amazing lives. 

Project

Stand Tall Event

Project Summary

Stand Tall events support youth to identify and respond to issues impacting their wellbeing, such as bullying;addictions; violence; abuse; body image concerns; financial hardship; and mental ill health, motivating positiveactions to improve their situation, potential and life trajectory.

Our vision is to bring hope and inspiration to young people – empowering them to make safe and wise choices, as they navigate the teenage years. Stand Tall is a full school-day excursion in a concert style event, held at the ICC Darling Harbour, aimed at secondary school students (grades 7-12).

Participants engage in sessions with young role models(inspirational speakers, athletes, entertainers, and everyday young people with powerful life stories). Our 2020 event was a sell-out within 8 weeks attracting more than 8500 participants. Due to the impact of Covid-19, our 2020 event was live streamed directly to more then 68,000 students across Australia. In 2021, we will be returning to live events as well as live-streaming to schools nationwide with the aim of reaching 200,000 students.

Stand Tall have developed extensive online wellbeing class modules designed to reinforce the important messages from the Stand Tall speakers. This provides schools with an ongoing resource to assist the wellbeing of students. With the grant, these modules will be provided at no cost to participating schools in the Liverpool area.

Funding Granted: $20,000

Learning Links

“Supporting a community where difficulties learning is no longer a barrier to a fulfilling life”

Learning Links works in collaboration with schools, early childhood settings and parents to help children with learning disabilities and difficulties.

These include conditions such as ADHD, high functioning Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays. The children are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. In the later years they are often challenged in literacy, numeracy and impacting on their ability to complete education and participate in the community.

Early intervention for young children who experience developmental delays is critical to mitigate the risk of poor educational outcomes later in life. Learning Links is recognised as a pioneer in the area of inclusive early childhood education. At our inclusive preschool, children of all abilities learn side by side, maximising their learning abilities and wellbeing as they progress to primary school.

Project

Resources to Support Children with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

Project Summary

This project will enable Learning Links to purchase essential resources for our expert team of psychologists, educators and practitioners to use when providing targeted interventions for children with learning difficulties and disabilities in Liverpool.

These resources will be used to evaluate children’s behaviour, abilities and other characteristics, particularly for the purposes of making a diagnosis and treatment recommendation.

They will also improve student engagement and achievement in numeracy, phonological awareness, the acquisition of phonics and the development of reading.

Funding Granted: $8,270

Rosebank Child Sexual Abuse Service Inc.

“We have the experience to understand the behaviours, the expertise to heal it,
and the care to get it right for every person.”

In our work with these children and young people, we see their lives take shape… we watch as they find direction and meaning in life…we see them realize that they do have hopes and dreams and they can make them happen. We’re watching possibility…

Rosebank is a free and confidential counselling service for children and young people in Liverpool, Fairfield and Campbelltown who have experienced sexual abuse. We also counsel non-offending family members. We do not see anyone who has been accused of abuse.

We are one of the oldest child sexual assault support services in Australia, and we are committed to helping children, young people, and families overcome the effects of trauma.

We are advocates of early intervention so that children and young people can start writing their own story as soon as possible.

Rosebank is a creative and non-judgmental space. We use a variety of therapeutic modalities to suit the needs of each child or young person.

Project

Rosebank Sing & Grow

Project Summary

Rosebank Sing&Grow would provide 2 x 8 week specialised trauma informed group music therapy programs. Each group is comprised of up to 6 families, meeting weekly for an hour at Rosebank Child Sexual Abuse Service in Liverpool. The families participating will have children aged 0-6 and have been impacted by the trauma of sexual abuse.

This is the first Sing&Grow group to be provided with a specialised sexual assault counsellor and registered music therapist. They will facilitate hands-on music activities that assist children with developmental skills and support parents/carers to relate to their children through interactive play. Familiar and new songs are used in singing, playing small percussion instruments, movement and relaxation. Reflective conversation is interweaved to increase parents’ and carers’ capacity to support their child’s well-being and development.

Sing&Grow is a national, evidence-based music therapy program that enhances the protective factor of a secure relationship between children and a safe parent/carer. Underpinned by Attachment Theory andParental Reflective Functioning, Sing&Grow increases parent/carer confidence and knowledge to support their children’s well-being through the medium of music.

Funding Granted: $5,000

Holsworthy Girl Guides

“Your kindness and thoughtfulness have supported me all the way through”

Girl Guides dedicated volunteers Australia-wide make Guiding happen.

From running a Guide Unit, to sharing a specialty skill, their volunteers inspire girls and young women to be their best.

Project

Girl Guide Hall Repairs

Project Summary

The current Holsworthy Girl Guide Hall requires the roof to be replaced. This project is needed to keep the Holsworthy Girl Guide hall open and safe for our girls to use. This unit provides our local young girls a place to make friendships while learning lots of life skills along the way.

Funding Granted: $16,500

Learning Links

“Addressing learning and literacy is important if we want children to have the best chance of success.”

Learning Links was established in 1972 by parents concerned about the lack of appropriate education and support services to meet their children’s needs.

Learning Links works in collaboration with schools, early childhood settings and parents to help children with learning disabilities and difficulties.

These include conditions such as ADHD, high functioning Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays. The children are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. In the later years they are often challenged in literacy, numeracy and impacting on their ability to complete education and participate in the community.

Early intervention for young children who experience developmental delays is critical to mitigate the risk of poor educational outcomes later in life. Learning Links is recognised as a pioneer in the area of inclusive early childhood education. At our inclusive preschool, children of all abilities learn side by side, maximising their learning abilities and wellbeing as they progress to primary school.

Project

Empowering Children to Learn Unlimited by Circumstance.

Project Summary

Learning Links is committed to empowering children to learn and live a life unlimited by circumstance. Right now in Australia, not all children with a learning difficulty are eligible for financial assistance. This can be particularly challenging for many families in our community who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Heart-breakingly, many parents see their child struggling to learn and simply don’t have the means to pay for the early interventions needed to support their child to reach their full potential. Today in Australia, a diagnosis of a learning disability and difficulty does not entitle a child or family to financial assistance. This means that they rely solely on their family’s ability to pay for critical assessments, therapies, educational supports and targeted behavioural interventions.

In response, this grant will enable socio-economically disadvantaged children with difficulties learning inLiverpool subsidised or free access to critical intervention services they need to develop and learn.

Learning Links’ expert psychologists, educators and practitioners will work on a one-to-one or group basis toprovide the support each child needs to develop vital language, literacy and numeracy skills, along withpractical life-skills and strategies that build their confidence, expand social skills, and enhance emotionalwellbeing.

Depending on the child’s unique challenges, support could be for:

• Diagnostic assessments to identify issues and develop tailored interventions;

• Educational supports – specialist literacy and numeracy support using games and play-based methods;

• Speech and language therapy;

• Occupational therapy;

• Psychological assessments, counselling and group programs

Funding Granted: $10,000