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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

NurtureTime at Liverpool Hospital for families in the NICU with a baby born premature or sick

Project Summary:

Miracle Babies will continue NurtureTime in Liverpool Hospital’s NICU to support local families with premature and sick newborn babies.

The NICU is a place of machines, alarms, medical terms, strict hygiene, procedures and what can be frightening and/or confusing conversations between parents and the medical staff.

NurtureTime is in-hospital support, facilitated by caring parents who themselves have experienced the birth of premature or sick newborn. They visit the hospital weekly to offer support, guidance and hope to families. Parents, family and friends can ask questions, share their thoughts and feelings, knowing the volunteer/staff member has a shared experience and can validate their feelings. NurtureTime is a vital link between parents’ experience in hospital, transitioning effectively to home with their newborn, and accessing ongoing support within the community.

Miracle Babies Foundation will also celebrate parents and babies who are in the NICU on special days. Parents will receive a gift on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and babies will receive a gift on Christmas Day. These are such huge “firsts” in a baby’s life and being in the NICU is probably not where families expected to be to celebrate them.

Funding Granted: $26,300

Youth Insearch Foundation (Aust) Inc

“To empower young people to take control of their lives, and play a positive role in society.”

Youth Insearch runs one of the most successful youth intervention programs in the country. It works with at risk youth aged 14 to 20 supporting them to turn their disadvantages into their advantages, enabling them to reach their full potential. The program has a peer focus, on young people helping young people.

Since 1985 the program has helped almost 32,000 young people rebuild their lives, and assists around 1,000 young people per year across NSW, VIC and QLD.

Project

NSWRL ‘Changing Rooms’ – Liverpool LGA

Project Summary

The NSWRL “Changing Rooms” project is a peer support group tied to Junior Rugby League (JRL) training that de-stigmatises mental health, empowering young players to seek support from their teams, coaches and community supports.

The project is designed to educate and provide support to our JRL community (14-20yrs) in coping with life challenges off the field when they aren’t dealing with their situations in a positive manner.

The project will be facilitated by NSWRL in partnership with Youth Insearch in the changing rooms of JRL sporting clubs.

The project will be an ongoing offering to all JRL clubs in the Liverpool LGA to support young players dealing with mental health, illness, injury, social inclusion, disabilities and other hardships. This project is currently being piloted in Greater Western Sydney with much interest.

The project provides a space for the young players to talk openly about their well-being, seek support from their peers and set goals.

Funding Granted: $10,250

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

“Together, we’re strong. Everyone in our city should thrive”

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections is a grassroots organisation which provides both direct relief from poverty and the tools to create bright futures.

An Inclusive, Safe Space!

The centres are a place for our diverse community to gather, forge new connections and engage in a diverse mix of programs.

The LNC operate from Warwick Farm Community Hub to Moorebank, Heckenberg, Cecil Hills, Lurnea and Casula.

“We believe we can change the lives of disadvantaged people by offering them access to wonderful programs, education and employment opportunities.”

Project

Fun and Fitness with Boys

Project Summary

‘Try Time’ is a 10 week program run with LNC, Warwick Farm Primary school and Liverpool Police for year 6 boys. The program is aimed at teaching the boys confidence, leadership skills, anti-bullying techniques, anger management skills and healthy lifestyles through sport and fitness. The program prepares them for high school and to join the LNC Thrive program aimed at High school boys.

This program require sporting equipment to run sports activities with the boys and the final week will celebrate their achievements by offering them to go on an excursion to Tree Tops adventure park Western Sydney.

Funding Granted: $1,278

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

Helping Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Children with Learning Difficulties in Liverpool

Project Summary

This grant will provide socio-economically disadvantaged children with difficulties learning in Liverpool with free critical intervention services they need to develop and learn, despite their families’ inability to afford them.

The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak will have on children’s education is likely to be devastating for children with learning disabilities and difficulties. While school closures seem to present a logical solution to enforcing social distancing within communities, prolonged closure will have a disproportionately negative impact on these most vulnerable students who need support. Without the help and support they need they risk falling further and further behind with devastating long-lasting effects.

Learning Links highly skilled professionals will deliver multi-disciplinary services to support these children and families most in need depending on the disadvantaged child’s needs, support could be for:

• Diagnostic assessments to identify issues and develop interventions.

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

• Speech and language therapy.

• Occupational therapy.

• Psychological assessments, counselling and group.

Funding Granted: $10,000

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

“Empowering young people to grow beyond the impacts of familial mental illness”

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports children aged 8-18 years, living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides free evidence-based, age appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services, embedded within a peer-based social and activity-based format.

Project

Mental health early intervention for young people from Liverpool living in families affected by mental illness

Project Summary

Children aged 8-18 who are living in families affected by mental illness will receive vital mental health early intervention, delivered within a recreational weekend camp. The camp they attend will be age -specific, not only to facilitate friendship -making, but also to ensure tailored psycho -education sessions which build resilience, self-awareness, living skills as means to prevent mental illness in the young person.

The camp facilitates friendships among children who share common experiences, showing them, they are not alone. They participate in fun recreational, creative, social and wellbeing activities together (eg. high ropes, archery, canoeing, quad bikes, craft, art, yoga, board games, movie night). They receive education about mental illness to reduce stigma, blame and de bunk myths, acquiring knowledge to facilitate conversations about mental illness at home, fostering stronger relationships with their families. They build effective coping skills to bounce back from challenges and adversity, building their resilience, receive counselling, triage of needs and referral to appropriate ongoing supports, where needed.

This funding makes possible the continuation of our engagement with the cohort of 15 kids begun in 2019.

Funding Granted: $14,415

Autism Advisory and Support Service

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

AASS provides the only 24 hour Autism Hotline in the world. You can call and discuss any concerns or questions you may have whether you are a carer, professional, front line worker or individual affected by autism.

For parents and carers waiting for a formal assessment and diagnosis, looking for the right intervention and joining the long waiting lists can be extremely overwhelming, confusing and frustrating. AASS will help with unbiased advice, encouragement, guidance and support.

Project

AASS 24 Hour Autism Hotline – COVID-19 Crisis help

Project Summary

The AASS 24 hour Autism Hotline service is available to anyone nationally and internationally. The hotline is manned by volunteers who are parents of children with Autism. Anyone can call the hotline for free, any time, day or night to discuss concerns and questions they may have around Autism. We would like to further develop our hotline and ensure its continuity, and to do that we need to train our volunteers as the calls are increasingly complex.

Due to the Covid -19 Crisis, we have experienced a doubling of calls to our hotline and we anticipate this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Funding Granted: $18,655

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

Reading for Life – Supporting disadvantaged children with their Literacy

Project Summary

Reading for Life is an evidence based program* designed by a psychologist, teacher and speech pathologist to provide one-on-one support to primary school children with reading disorders, including dyslexia.

A program supporting ten children, will be delivered at Nuwarra Public School. The program will be delivered to children at their school by volunteer “reading buddies”. The volunteers will be trained in the nature of learning difficulties and in the delivery of the program with the aim of improving children’s reading, self-esteem and confidence.

Reading for Life is a semi-structured program which contains a variety of fun activities and games to encourage children’s engagement and interest while building their literacy skills. It also encompasses activities to build children’s self-esteem. It ensures children are given individual attention to address their reading difficulties.

Reading for Life targets children who have not responded to any attempts to break through the barriers that prevent them from learning to read.

Funding Granted: $4,400