What Is Heart On My Sleeve?Heart On My Sleeve is an early intervention mental health initiative revolutionising our understanding & application of authentic connection in a digital world. It is the fastest growing online mental health Movement in Australia, with growing international presence. It’s a platform for people to inspire, learn, connect, and reinspire. Heart On My Sleeve is quickly becoming synonymous with positive mental wellbeing in Australian youth culture.
Our purpose is to eradicate self-stigma from mental health by reducing reported feelings of self-judgement, and double the help seeking rate to 60% by 2021.
This equates to approximately 1.5 million conversations in Australia alone.
Our vision is a world where everyone feels comfortable talking about the way they feel.
Our mission is to inspire a global conversation around mental health
How Did It Start?
It started on May 30th 2017 after one man shared his all-to-familiar, yet commonly untold story of his battles with mental health, that quickly went viral on social media.The main call-to-action was for people to draw a heart on their arm (sleeve),and upload a selfie to social media with a caption sharing their experience with mental health under the hashtag #heartonmysleeve.
He illustrated the immense conflict he felt between living the “perfect” outside life, whilst suffering immensely beneath the surface. His vision was to give people a voice, and unify the community through a sense of connection. He wanted to harness the scale & safety of technology, whilst democratising self-expression, in an environment where authenticity is valued over perfection or being “fixed”.
What Are We Doing?
Suffering comes in two parts. The first layer is our condition. Several aspects of our condition (genetics, environmental upbringing etc) are sometimes out of our control. However, the second layer, our perceptions of what we “should” or “shouldn’t” be. It’s been conditioned into us. It’s this part that often causes us the most pain. The shame about the depression, the guilt about the anger, the anxiety about the anxiety. The weight of unnecessary judgement.So, how do we drop that second layer in order to access the space we need to effectively cope with our experience?
People don’t speak up because they “can’t” accept who they are or what they are going through…. Unless, someone who they can relate to is going through the same. We have built an innovative action-based platform that cultivates social inclusion and inspires people of lived experience to lead the conversation and make meaning from their pain and be in service to others.
We believe it’s time to flip the conversation in mental health from thinking or being told “it’s ok to talk”, to actually believing it, owning our story, and sharing it when it may be helpful to do so. Our programs move beyond awareness raising. We provide the tools & channels for people to express themselves safely, authentically & with impact.
Our approach is focussed on evidence-based methods that will materially impact the underlying stigma preventing people from seeking help – SELF stigma. Right now - there isn't a place for them to learn, share and healing - at scale and safely - quite like Heart On My Sleeve can offer. We have all the right ingredients to enable a culture that reduces stigma through education AND action in a way that is highly authentic and relatable. We aren't about a traditional stigma approach of getting “them to think differently about us", we are about "getting me to think differently about me, because i feel connected to us, and the rest will follow”
We want to turn what is currently a successful social campaign, into a program/service provider that helps people "feel better & stay well". Heart On My Sleeve has already proven to be incredibly effective in encouraging help seeking and increasing a sense of community and connection to fellow suffers - thus alleviating distress symptoms. However, we see room to improve and a duty to provide more to our followers.
In the next 12 months, Heart On My Sleeve will be providing a range of services and programs designed to achieve our objectives:
SOCIAL STORYTELLING - Eliminate the negative stigma of mental health by creating innovative storytelling platforms & campaigns that amplify and instigate R.E.A.L. conversations and connections
PRACTICAL EDUCATION - Provide world-class preventative & support resources that educate & train on safe & effective help seeking & support strategies
MODERN INTERVENTION - Improve access and efficiency of primary health interventions, access to and connection with professional services through the use of technology
Pacific Incubator of Intellectual Property (PIIP) is a registered not-for-profit charity, social enterprise and group training organisation helping young adults enter the knowledge industries. PIIP tackles issues like vocational training and professional development. As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a worldwide initiative to advance sustainable and socially responsible policies, PIIP also produces initiatives to support the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. This includes its most recent program, Social Hack.
Diamond Women is a warm, engaging community based not-for-profit organisation that provides holistic support to women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Diamond provides counselling, outreach, parenting and mentor support groups, material assistance and casework service referrals. These services are readily available for young, vulnerable, pregnant and or parenting women as well as their families who are in crisis.
Since its launch in 2006, Diamond has provided over 1,200 pregnant and parenting women and their families with thousands of hours of counselling, mentoring and support. Our service has always operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to ensure women can access the support they need any time. We support women from Greater Western Sydney, Central Coast, South West, Sydney CBD, Illawarra and surrounding areas. As of September 2018, Diamond Women’s Support, and Sara’s Place merged together to increase strength in numbers, resources and support for all women in need of help.
The women and families that we see at Diamond are some of the most vulnerable and at risk in our community. Without the care, counselling, practical assistance and support services that Diamond provides our clients and their babies would face a very uncertain future.
Somos21 is a social business inspiring action and collaborative engagement among young Australian and Latin American professionals to deliver positive personal, professional and social impact.We are committed to unleashing human potential across Australia and Latin America through constructive, impact focused events and initiatives, and welcome all passionate, qualified young professionals with a background or interest in Latin America to join us and discover new opportunities to collaborate, engage, and develop.
The PAYCE Foundation was founded in 2016 to build on the long philanthropic tradition of leading property developer PAYCE.
The PAYCE Foundation aims to become a best practice example of engaged and strategic philanthropy. We establish long term partnerships with a range of charities and community organisations addressing the causes and effects of disadvantage and misfortune to ensure these are not determinants of anyone’s quality of life.
We work with charities to identify what works and support organisations both financially and through hands-on capacity building initiatives. We promote innovation and help to develop the sustainability of organisations and their activities.
Supporting transplant recipients and people with chronic illnesses by providing the flexibility, understanding and stability within a working environment that is required in order to maintain a steady job, in spite of sometime changing and unpredictable health needs, Currently raising funds to open Australia's FIRST social enterprise dessert restaurant,
#iDREAMCulture and Purpose — Using yesterdays traditional knowledge to bridge todays divide, 'Creating Cultural Pathways' and bringing real change to peoples future through development of perpetual, intergeneration self sustaining system of self determination, pride, self -respect and empowering traditional cultural roles resulting in large scale indigenous employment, housing and financial independence.
Your passionate support by helping with one or more of our projects close to your heart will help our dream grow and help right a wrong that brings us to today.
All projects are assessed against our core focus areas of:I nvestmentH ealthE conomic DevelopmentL earningP reservation of culture
We have watched and observed the failure of some good meaning organisations over many years, all had similar problems...ego's, Not understanding of culture, Not sustainable, Not creating intergenerational change.
Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for around 60,000 beneficiaries, with 96% of them being elderly widows throughout Australia.
Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or their health as a result of their military service.
Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:
There are over 4,000 active volunteers around Australia who act as mentors to the widows and their families and who ensure Legacy’s promise to care for the families of deceased veterans is kept.
The Hunger Project's approach is different - we see people living in hunger as the solution, not the problem. We shift the mindsets of women and men so they transform into leaders for the sustainable end of hunger. Then, through our programs such as education, microfinance, agriculture and health, we empower people with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to break the poverty cycle themselves.
OUR VISIONA world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.
OUR MISSIONTo end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
ENDING HUNDER BY 2030We know it’s possible for hunger to end, and that our generation has the power to end it once and for all. In our experience, people who live in hunger are not the problem – they are the solution. We don’t see a billion mouths to feed, we see a billion human beings who are enterprising and resilient. The work, therefore, is to unlock their capacity, creativity and leadership so they can end their own hunger. That’s what we do.
The Hunger Project empowers women and men living in rural villages in Africa, India, Bangladesh and Latin America to end their own hunger. We reach more than 16.1 million people who are transforming themselves, their families and their communities, and are bringing about the end of hunger.
Whitelion is a vehicle for change - we have the passion, skills and experience to bring together professional staff, volunteers, businesses and partnerships with other community organisations to provide a range of interventions to support young people at risk and give them a hand up and out of disadvantage.
Marrickville Legal Centre is a not-for-profit community legal centre based in Sydney’s inner-west, working across NSW.
We provide holistic support to people experiencing disadvantage in our legal system through free legal and related services. We advocate for equal access to justice and the protection of human rights, and we work to improve our local communities.
Souths Cares is an independent charity with close affiliations to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Our charter is to support disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through delivering programs in education, training, health and employment.
We are independent, yet collaborative and inclusive
We are a highly respected, successful and long-serving organisation. What’s the secret to our success?
We stand up for what we believe in, and stand up for those who are excluded or disenfranchised.We work in partnership with like-minded organisations around the state and nation.We respect and offer dignity to all we work with, no matter who they are, what they believe in, what their socio-economic status is, or where they come from.We get to the root causes of disadvantage and exclusion
The causes of disadvantage and exclusion are complex and not always well understood. We use knowledge gained from our diverse services, combined with specialist research, to inform our understanding of disadvantage. This allows us to develop effective service responses and to advocate effectively to Government for social policy that provides sustainable solutions to disadvantage and exclusion.
We break down barriers
When it comes to disadvantage and exclusion, barriers result in consequences such as lack of recognition and acceptance, powerlessness and voicelessness, economic vulnerability, diminished life experiences and limited life prospects.
We aim to break down barriers through our work to overcome deep disadvantage, disconnection and exclusion.
Barriers are a lack of access to things like:
adequate incomeaffordable and sustainable housingequitable access to educationparticipation in employmentopportunities for social connectionsBreaking down barriers means working to provide the same opportunities, resources and social connections that most take for granted, which in turn opens up important life chances and choices.
The Business Education Network (BEN) is a registered Australian charity which supports young people, who are facing considerable challenges in their lives, to transition from adolescence to adulthood. There are many real and concerning threats to the welfare and development of Australian youth and we work with our incredibly supportive and inspiring partners and ambassadors in the community to make a considerable and tangible difference.
Together we improve the lives of local families and their children by providing school and community groups with outreach and vocational programmes, exposure to industry, mentoring, qualified youth case worker support and personal development resources. This includes inspirational workshops and mentoring by our Ambassadors – Guy Leech, and Cr. Michael Reagan.
BEN are passionate about making an enormous difference in our community. We are continually grateful to our partners for your support and generous donations to assist with our work. Over our 20 years of working together we have inspired over 100,000 student opportunities across the Northern Sydney region.
St John’s Youth Services works with young people in the Adelaide metropolitan area who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. As well as individuals, we accommodate and support young couples, families, single mums or dads, and their dependent children.
We believe in young people and refuse to define them by their temporary experience of homelessness. Instead, we focus on each young person’s talents and ambitions, and their capacity to overcome challenges in their past and take control of their future.
Since St John’s Youth Services was established in 1981, we have supported more than 15,000 young people experiencing homelessness or crisis. We know what works, and have a proud record of developing innovative service models to change young lives for the better.
Operating since 2006, Koya Aboriginal Corporation (Koya) is a 100% Aboriginal owned not-for-profit organisation. Guided and led by Aboriginal people and with a focus on engaging and retaining Aboriginal staff, the organisation’s mission is to ensure Aboriginal lives, heritage and identify are strong, empowered and thriving. We are an inclusive community group that welcomes other vulnerable children and families and we use our Kinship Care model to connect communities to each other. Underpinning Koya’s delivery of services and programs is the Pindi Pindi Centre of Research Excellence which, through research and evaluation based on the principles of sustainability, empowerment and cultural security, provides evidence to inform program development, implementation and delivery.
Here are some of our projects:
Kaat, Koort n Hoops (KKnH) - Link >Kaat, Koort n Hoops (Head, Heart and Hoops) is a sports and wellbeing program for children and young people.
Kinship Empowerment Program (KEP) - Link >Kinship Empowerment Program (KEP) operate various activities that include engagement and meetings with key stakeholders, visits to school, delivering workshops, community gatherings targeted at students in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Guthoo: We are One, Kalgoorlie Youth Project - Link >The untimely death of an Aboriginal young person in 2016 highlighted community concern for stronger engagement with youth, demonstrated by the high rate of youth antisocial behaviour occurring in the community.
Mooditj Relationships - Link >The Mooditj Relationships project will develop, pilot and evaluate a holistic, strengths-based, culturally safe and effective, resilience and relationships education program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years.
See more at our projects page - Link >
Koya has a number of plans in place that are being execute short, mid and long term over a number of years, such as the Partnership Development Plan which is intended to provide a practical, realistic and achievable framework for the transition of Aboriginal community development to community thriving.
Koya has operated in the Swan region for ten years and has served all members of that community, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, in a variety of different ways. We believe in empowering people to achieve their goals by providing the tools and support to put their own ideas and initiatives in motion. Koya aims to create an innovative and sustainable community owned and controlled Aboriginal business that:
Australian Social Investment Trust (ASIT) was established with a mission to enable and amplify social innovation, Collective Impact and social investment initiatives that are designed to create sustainable positive social impact for communities.ASIT’s broad charitable purpose aligns with the relief of poverty and improved well-being of individuals, families and communities.ASIT’s purpose is underpinned by its place-based community ‘Collective Impact’ model in Bellambi NSW, as a platform for the engagement and mobilisation of communities, businesses, NGOs, philanthropy and government in social and economic change.
Interrelate is a not-for-profit provider of relationship services.
Each year through its flexible programs, Interrelate helps more than 90,000 individuals, couples, families, children, schools and communities to strengthen their relationships.
If you need support or would like more information about Interrelate’s programs, call 1300 i relate (1300 473 528) or visit www.interrelate.org.au.
For over 200 years Wesley Mission’s commitment has been to support and advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Thanks to more than 2,000 staff, almost 6,000 volunteers and many supporters—in addition to strong Federal and New South Wales Government partnerships — these services now cater to a broad spectrum of the community, from children, youth, and families, to older people and carers, to anyone struggling with financial or domestic challenges, homelessness, addiction or mental health issues.
With a variety of volunteering opportunities across 12 services, there's something for everyone.
St Edmund's College is a co-educational high school based in Wahroonga, catering for students with sensory impairment and/or mild to moderate intellectual disability including physical disabilities, autism and communication difficulties. There are 130 students that attend St Edmund's.
Our students appear to have an innate capacity to accept every moment of their lives as an unrepeatable miracle and their sense of joy, happiness and being fully present in the 'now' is a great gift that we can all learn from.
Mercy Health Foundation supports Mercy Health by advancing care and improving life outcomes for people in need. Since it was established in 2006, Mercy Health Foundation has worked closely with our many varied donors, including large philanthropic and family donors, corporate partners, event participants, community fundraisers and Mercy Health staff.
Mercy Health is an organisaiton grounded in a 2,000-year tradition of caring for others. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Health employs more than 8,500 people who provide acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, maternity and specialist women’s health services, early parenting services, hme and community care services and health worker training and development.
Mercy Health cares for communities in Victoria, southern New South Wales, northern Queensland, Western Australia and the Australin Capital Territory.
The Foundation activites echo the Mercy Health values of Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Teamwork. Mercy Health Foundation’s main purpose is to support Mercy Health in advancing and improving life outcomes of those in need.
The Foundation works closely with everyone across Mercy Health to ensure funds are used in accordance with donor wishes. Equally importantly, we seek to fulfill the strategic, research, clinical and care priorities of Mercy Health and the community it serves.
Co-operative Home Care is a unique worker owned co-operative that provides in-home support to older people living with a disability or with a chronic illness. Through respectful, courteous and experienced care, we aim to improve the quality of life for both our employees and the people we care for.
Co-operative Home Care, as a provider of in home support services, we acknowledge the difficulties of providing person centred care while facing difficult practical issues. We believe the provision of a day care service will help minimise the social isolation and lack of social value experienced by older people with a disability living in local communities. In addition to the economic benefits gained by our worker members by increased workforce participation and improved financial literacy and education, which lead to long term human capital and social capital outcomes.
Our organisational structure is based on our Care Crews, which are self-managed teams. This structure is a good fits with our worker co-operative principles of employee commitment and engagement. Care Crews are small teams of 10-12 who live and work in their local community. We find this to be an effective customer centric way of running our organization’s day to day activities. Which are:• Cost effectiveness while also enhancing business performance – by using a lean business model, there is no middle management layer in our organisation; our front line workers are closest to our customers and best able to respond to customer demands. The Care Crew are given the authority to meet the demands of the customer without having to send the query to a superior for instruction.• Enhancing organizational learning and adaptability, because members of self-managed teams have the latitude to experiment with their work and to develop strategies that are uniquely suited to the tasks of daily care and support;• Enhancing employee’s commitment to the organization because self-managing teams offer wider participation in and ownership of the important organizational decisions
BE AN ELF LTD is established to be a not for profit, whose purpose is to relieve poverty and build equal opportunity for children in Australia. We are non-denominational and assist children of all races, colours, sexes and creeds, with a special emphasis on poorer children, from significantly disadvantaged minorities, for example; Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children.
EVERY CHILD'S LIFE IS PRECIOUSBe an Elf Ltd was formed in in January 2018, but the Be An Elf Christmas Appeal has actually been operating for 11 years, in one form or other. Originally a group of concerned members of M.A.D (Mothers Against Drugs INC), just wanted to help hungry local children. Every time they went shopping, they would put a few extra items in the trolley, to be later distributed to children in need. From these humble beginnings, the giving program grew from helping a few, to helping hundreds and potentially thousands of deprived children, through the annual 'Be An Elf Xmas Appeal’.
'The Be an Elf Xmas Appeal' has been very successful. In 2016 we received national coverage in News Corp publications and The Daily Mail, as well as Quest newspapers for the first time. We get children and teens to write a wish list letter to Santa, which is then filled by generous donors. We are proud to say that have been able to make many children happy through the Appeal . Some of the letters we receive are heart breaking. They ask for towels, sheets, school shoes and lunchboxes for Christmas. We deliver to houses with no furniture and often find that the young people are living in very insecure situations. They may be couch surfing, living in cars or in crowded housing commission homes of 2-3 families, if in fact they are not homeless.
'The Be An Elf Xmas Appeal' is our most important community outreach campaign, but not our only one. The 'Sleepy Elves Appeal', where we help disadvantaged children with Manchester items is steadily growing. The group now known as Be An Elf Ltd has a long history. We have actually been operating under our former name M.A.D, since 1989, helping disadvantaged children, teens and their families in the Logan/Beenleigh regions and throughout South East Qld. Our name has changed and we have also evolved in our services role, over that period. Never the less, we have consistently helped literally 100’s of local children and their families to overcome problems relating to poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, gambling, homelessness and criminality issues.
We have taken children and teens, who had no hope, no educational opportunities and even no food and shelter off the street and seen them go on to lead valuable and contributing lives. We will often be the last recourse when a child has nowhere else to turn.
Some of the kids we see just need a push, a kind word, someone to talk to, some food and decent clothing. Our volunteers tell us they have heard children we help say years later, “You know, that was the one thing that turned it around for me.” A simple act of generosity can have profound life changing results.
In our current work, Be An Elf Ltd focuses on 0-18 year olds', who are most in need of:• Emotional and psychological support• Physical safety and housing• Items that meet their basic living and schooling needsThese young people include those who are:• facing or at risk of sexual exploitation or experiencing domestic abuse• at risk of running away from home or care• seeking accommodation. They may be homeless, living in a car, couch surfing or sleeping rough.• living with a disability or caring for someone in their family with a disability, illness or substance abuse• living in care• offending or in the youth justice system• having mental and emotional health concernsWe also assist the families of disadvantaged children.
AED Legal Centre is multi award-winning centre run by the Association of Employees with Disability Inc. (AED) - an incorporated organisation established in 2003.
Our main objective is to defend the rights of people with a disability who have been discriminated against in education or employment and give them access to the justice system. We do this by providing information, education, advice and legal representation.
We would like to provide more free legal services to people with disability. The impact of our services consists in: job retention, compensation for pain and suffering, mental well-being, self-esteem and confidence.Your contribution would be greatly appreciated.
Donations $2 or more are tax deductible.Please help if you can.Thank you
Our Purpose:We image a world where:• Every young person can be their best• Every young person identifies their true direction• Every applicant is worthy for employment• Every apprentice and trainee completes• All young people get a great start in life• All young people are successful.
Our Vision:Empowering young people to successfully engage in education, community and work.
Our Mission:• To provide links and programs to help young people build confidence through self-development programs• Engage parents/family, business, education and community to support the development of young people• To provide career development support activities• To provide skills development programmes that link to educational choices and information• To encourage business to re-engage with and recognize the potential of young people• To support quality dissemination of information and advice
Fighting Chance designs, builds and scales social enterprises which move the dial for Australians with disability and their family.
Our approach is simple. We work with our community to identify the most pressing issues and challenges that people with disability face in their everyday lives, then we utilise the power of social enterprise to design sustainable, long term, inclusive solutions to these challenges.
Our mission is to ask ‘WHAT IF?’, to see the world as it isn’t yet, to imagine a future quite different to the present. And then to make it happen.
Through the creation of innovative social businesses, Fighting Chance provides opportunities for meaningful social participation, employment, work experience and skill development to young people with the most significant disability in our community.
en•act•usA community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.
entrepreneurial - initiating business innovation with integrity and passion.
action - the experience of social impact that sparks social enterprise.
us - student, academic and business leaders collaborating to create a better world.
Enactus (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE) is an international non-profit organisation with a global network of over 70,500 university students in 36 countries. Students collaborate with leaders in business and academia by taking entrepreneurial action to develop social enterprise projects which empower their communities. Each year, teams from various universities across Australia compete against each other at the National Conference & Championships by presenting their projects to a panel of judges, culminating with the winning team representing Australia at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.
Like in business, we believe that competition encourages creativity and rewards results. For Enactus, it means more lives impacted. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges.
Mercy Huts exists to benefit local people living in poverty in Indonesia through the provision of education, employment and financial aid.
This will be achieved through the development of beachfront retreats for holiday-makers that give back to the local community.
The first of these is located in Rote Island, Indonesia. Rote Island Huts is almost complete.
We strive for a just world for all children and equality for girls.
Put simply, we’re the charity for girls’ equality.
We tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crisis, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls.
We are here to ignite the creativity, talent and ideas of girls in all their diversities. We are informed by evidence, and always learning.
We’ve been doing this for over 80 years, but we don’t do it alone. We bring people together to create change that lasts. Children, families, local communities, government, schools, businesses, and you.
We do what we do so babies can survive their first 1000 days, so children can learn in safe environments, so girls can live and work without discrimination, so young people can stand up for their rights, and so all children can break free from poverty. We view the children, families and local communities we work with as our partners and our equals.
We believe a better world is possible. An equal world; a world where all children can live happy and healthy lives, and where girls can take their rightful place as equals. This is the world you are helping us create.
A better now for her. A better future for everyone.
This is what we stand for. Will you join us?
The rights of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. To read more about the measures we take to safeguard children, read our full child protection policy: https://www.plan.org.au/contact/child-protection-policy
HOTEL ETICO is the place where holidays create opportunities.
Hotel Etico is Australia’s first social enterprise hotel - which means its purpose is to deliver a fantastic holiday experience to guests that powers a program providing work, training and live-in opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities, enabling them to transition to open employment and become more independent.
Hotel Etico will also be home to Niccoló’s Restaurant and Bar. Due to open in March 2021, the restaurant will welcome guests and the public offering a menu of authentic Italian cuisine guaranteed to delight diners.
Charity Bounce is a not for profit organisation that exists to inspire positive change to overcome disadvantage for individuals and communities. With a focus on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and Culturally diverse communities, including newly arrived refugees, we aim to move people toward a more positive future through the development of sports, the arts, health, education and employment focused social programs. The programs are delivered in partnership with professional sports, engaging professional athletes to motivate change and inspire young people by providing access to 'out of reach' opportunities related to the world of basketball and other sports.
We believe everyone has the right to a safe and secure place to call home.
Since 20003 we have been working to raise funds and awareness for smaller grassroots homeless services that deliver critical services but are often forgotten about when it comes to funding. To date we have raised and distributed over $5.6 million, funding 1888 projects and supporting 612 organisations across Australia.
When you support StreetSmart you will be joining other STREETFUNDERS. Each month we seek out and fund a different project responding to a different aspect of homelessness. We will be able to tell you where your funds have gone and the impact that has been achieved together.
Join Us and take action against homelessness.
Adam RobinsonFounder and CEO
Atma Cycles is an Australian not for profit with the goal of alleviating poverty by providing girls access to education in impoverished areas.
The Youth Development Foundation (YDF) is a not-for-profit youth organisation dedicated to assisting the disadvantaged, disengaged or “at-risk” young people within our community.The Youth Development Foundation assists young people with the following:• Job-ready programs/qualifications• Marketing to local employers• Housing/Accommodation• Work Experience• Family/parent support• Medical checks • Cultural Awareness programs• Food Hampers• Legal Advice/attend court• Mentoring & Support• Learner Licenses• & SO MUCH MORE!
YDF offers young people the opportunity to participate in a positive and fulfilling activity which in turn, gives them the opportunity to grow into contributing members of the community.
Join us on our mission to eradicate global poverty by supporting local people to solve their own problems, their own way.
We connect everyday Australians with grassroots projects around the world that address poverty. All projects are designed and delivered by local people to ensure culturally appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
Your donation goes a long way to changing the life of another person, family or community around the world. Thank you for your contribution to making our world a more equal and just place to be!
CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience.
Out-of-home care refers to the care of children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families and are placed in short or long term care to ensure the child’s safety. The children and young people we support have entered the care system through no fault of their own, usually due to neglect or trauma. As a flow on effect, young people exiting the care system are at higher risk of experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol dependence, unemployment, early parenthood and contact with the criminal justice system.
At Soldier On, our mission is to work side by side all those who serve and protect Australia. Our services aim to HELP individuals build resilience and create, and expand, meaningful connections with family, community and employers through:Health and wellbeing – Psychology, social activities and programs, sporting activities and programsand service initiatives.Employment – Transition services, employment support, career development assistanceLearning – education and training programs, vocational trainingParticipation – social activities and programs focused on connections with family, friends and thebroader community, volunteering and sports programs.
Soldier On is focused on three key areas. Social and sporting activities, employment and education and psychological support. Whether our participants need to access services in one or all three areas, our staff are here to help them connect with others and to secure their futures.
United Way Australia brings communities, business, philanthropy, government and social purpose organisations together to ensure every Australian community thrives. We believe the postcode people are born into should not determine their destiny, and the evidence is clear that no single organisation can solve the complexities underlying community disadvantage alone.
We work collaboratively in 35 communities to improve education and employment for families and communities experiencing disadvantage.
WAGEC is a not-for-profit charity that has been creating safe spaces for women and families in inner city Sydney and the inner west for over 43 years. We provide support and shelter to women and their children when they need it most, in times of crisis and adversity. Women and families accessing our services have been impacted by the effects of homelessness, domestic violence and systemic disadvantage.
Each night we are accommodating 200 women and children.
We offer crisis accommodation, medium term supported housing, rapid response and outreach support for mums with kids as well as single women. We operate a specialist domestic violence support service after hours to provide intensive, targeted support when women and kids are leaving violent situations. We work toward a safe future for all women and families by providing enriching activities for children and young people, parenting groups to support mothers, therapeutic programs such as art and music therapy and opportunities for women to engage in study and training to enable them to up-skill and re-enter the workforce.
We provide case management services, including provision of holistic emotional and practical support, goal setting, advocacy and service referral.
We work with our community to advocate, provide training, capacity building and community development activities.We do this because we believe that violence against women and children is serious, prevalent and driven by gender inequality, but that it is preventable if we all work together.
MindFx is a start-up with bold plans and a big heart. A passionate group of professionals has come together to deliver ‘Better Recovery Pathways’ for young adults (aged 18-27 years) with challenging mental illness, using a community-focused model of psycho-social recovery support involving intensely delivered wrap-around support services. Delivered under the care of dedicated Mental Health Coaches, our programs comprise conveniently co-located services and proven holistic therapies and activities. The MindFx Centre is rich with supportive volunteer mentors, encouraging clients to build connections with existing social enterprises and take an active role in designing their own recovery plan.
The present health care model of recovery for young adults with challenging mental illness is fragmented and inadequately funded. All too often, the young person rotates between different service providers and specialists with limited input into their treatment and recovery plans. There is no formal supported transition back into the community in relation to work, study, family and friendship groups. Consequently, and unfortunately, the current model of recovery support for many young adults is inefficient and ineffective. More often than not it results in feelings of despair and frustration, and leads to further isolation for the young person.
We provide intensely-delivered wrap-around support to young adults and their carers, to help them recover from an acute mental health episode and avoid relapse. The first 28 days is vital to a person's recovery, and we aim to ensure young people in our care don't slip through the cracks. Dedicated Mental Health Coaches walk with the young person and their carers, helping them design their own recovery pathway. This leads to stronger engagement with their recovery program and greater social connectedness in the community.
We focus on building connections, creating opportunities for employment, and enhancing the confidence, knowledge, and skills of the young person. These elements, combined with effective clinical support and medication management, have been proven to lead to better recovery outcomes.
Our innovative, holistic recovery model promotes the role of the community in a person's recovery, and leverages a ready cohort of experienced volunteers and caring mentors who deliver important elements of our recovery programs.
Rural Aid supports farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster such as flood, fire and drought. In addition, Rural Aid focusses on supporting the sustainability of regional and farming communities. Our disaster relief program includes the nationally recognised Buy a Bale campaign and delivers hay, water, and financial assistance for farmers across Australia.
Our Counselling program employs nationally registered counsellors, who live within their communities, to offer emotional and practical support to farmers and their families. We also provide volunteer support to rural towns, through our Community Support program.
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for over 5,600 boys in 96 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under-privilege can lead to alienation, anger and more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn raise their self-esteem.
Beyond is a justice festival.
We believe that our world can be a better, more loving, more inclusive place where all have the opportunity to grow and flourish.
We believe we need to celebrate what binds us together: so Beyond is a genuine community that embraces a mixture of genders, ages, cultures and traditions.
We are committed to being people of justice and working for justice in Australia - Indigenous Justice, Gender Equality, Employment Justice, Housing Justice, Climate and Refugee Justice are just a few of the areas that we engage.
We work alongside some of our nation's most influential artists and thinkers: Katie Noonan, Archie Roach, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Tim Costello, Prof. Gillian Triggs, Shane Howard, Lior and many, many more to inspire us to greater involvement in our country's future.
Beyond Festival is a place of creativity, celebration, education and empowerment across the generations - because real change comes when regular people start living it out.
We work towards a world where people live free of poverty with the opportunity and the ability to shape their own lives.We exist to relieve poverty in a tangible way and provide long-term solutions through the delivery of quality aid and development projects together with our partners around the world.Global Development Group, established in 2002, is a Brisbane-based, Australian-founded non-government overseas humanitarian development organisation. Our passion is to provide comprehensive quality management to help achieve development effectiveness, together with our partners, in our aid and development projects and activities around the world.
Opportunity International Australia gives families in developing countries the tools they need to work their way out of poverty so they can live safe, healthy lives, send their children to school and create a new future for generations to come. As well as helping us provide small loans to enable families to grow their own businesses, your support also enables us to improve families’ access to life-changing education and healthcare while strengthening whole communities to reduce the risks of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) is the national leadership organisation for the suicide prevention sector in Australia.We work with our Members, governments, businesses and the wider community to meaningfully reduce the number of deaths by suicide that take place in this country. Our vision is a world without suicide.
Bawurra Foundation's aims to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to increase school retention and literacy rates by providing a new and engaging way to learn about culture and community. Community relationships are built on trust to share true cultural identity and help preserve valuable Songlines, Language and history on the Bawurra Digital Library. Our digital library acts as both an engagement tool for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, helping drive interest with culturally relevant materials, and as a digital textbook and cultural education tool for all Australian students and staff in the education system. Bawurra promotes the Indigenous culture of the many nations within Australia with a history of over 60,000 years.
Established in 1986, The Parramatta College Inc is a Registered Training Organisation and an adult education provider. We offers a wide range of short courses and accredited training in Business services, Information technology, Training and Assessment, Retail services, Customer Contact, and Pet Grooming and Styling. The College can also deliver customised training programs to best meet the local community needs. We specialise in assisting disadvantaged learners reengage in their community.
We’re a charitable trust affiliated to the Anglican Church. We have been helping those most in need in the Wellington region for 115 years having been formed in 1904 from St. Peter’s Church. In 1929, an Act of Parliament established The Mission as a separate entity.
Through our four programmes — Mission for Independence, Mission for Youth, Mission for Families, and Mission for Seniors — we provide holistic practical support to a broad range of people. These include struggling families, at-risk youth and vulnerable older people. The assistance we provide includes food parcels, hot meals, advocacy, alternative education, financial mentoring, and social work support. We also operate a residential facility called Kemp Home and Hospital, providing rest home and hospital level support and transition housing.
We are open to anyone who needs assistance, regardless of their religious belief, age, ethnicity or social background. Together, we work to identify and address people’s underlying issues to create positive outcomes.
75% of youth in out of home care don't finish High School. Life for children in care involves constant legal disputes, shuffling in and out of homes, and general uncertainty. According to research by the AIFS children in out of home care have one of the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in Australia.Foster the Future Australia (FTF Education Ltd) is a charity providing free tutoring and mentorship to youth in out of home care to help them get through school and achieve all that they can. We recruit and train university students who are keen to be a positive impact on a high school students life. Our charity is 100% run by volunteers, with no administrative salaries.
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Their free of charge programs and services are designed to increase the employability of women in need by instilling confidence, building resilience and restoring dignity - helping women to help themselves.
Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.
At FYA we know there has never been a more important time to invest in our young people. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Australia’s population is rapidly ageing, our economy is restructuring, technology is transforming work, inequality is increasing, and our systems are stretched. Our mission is to create change with generations of young Australians. Young people are at the centre of everything we do. Our work, informed by reliable evidence, research and evaluation, backs young people and informs the national agenda on the issues that most affect them. FYA has a long and diverse history of successfully engaging with a wide range of young people across the country through programs, online activity, events and collaborations.
Sunshine's purpose is working together to create possibilities for a great life.
We are proud to say we are one of NSW's leading service providers in the disability sector. As an NDIS provider, we are registered to provide support across Sydney and the Central Coast, Hunter and Nepean Blue Mountains region.
We were founded in 1924 by Dr Lorna Hodgkinson. Her indomitable spirit not only saw her become the first Australian woman to ever hold a PhD from Harvard, but also a pioneering advocate for bettering the lives of people with disability.
At Sunshine, we look forward to every day - because every day we're doing something real and tangible to support people with disability.
Stepping Stone House provides accommodation and personal development for homeless and in care children and youth so they can become the best they can be
The Women's Justice Network mentor and advocate for women and girls affected by the criminal justice system.
Women's Justice Network (WJN) is a socially inclusive based charity managed and directed by a group of women, dedicated to improving the status, wellbeing, and prospects of women and female youth in the criminal justice system. WJN takes a holistic approach to address the social injustices that exist for women and girls in the criminal justice system and campaigns to raise awareness of, and progress the cultural, social, economic and political inequalities that sustain these injustices. WJN operates a voluntary adult and girls mentoring program that seeks to enhance the well-being of women and girls by increasing their social capital, supporting their community reintegration, encouraging their autonomy and learning from their lived experience.
Dismantle is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers dynamic and engaging outreach programs to empower at-risk and disadvantaged young people, helping them rediscover and achieve their ambitions, as well as overcome significant barriers for successful engagement and participation in education, training and/or employment pathways.
Dismantle's mission is to provide young people with enabling support so they can gain the knowledge, thinking skills, attitudes and behaviours to manage their life, learning and work in a positive, self-directed way.
Dismantle is not a funded organisation. It fills the gaps between mainstream services and corrective services, for e.g. schools and police. Often, young people's vulnerability is then only noticed when it's too late - by police or crisis support. Rather than wait for that to happen, Dismantle engages young people when they start to have a tough time, not after it’s too late. Dismantle utilises social enterprise revenue to enable these programs, but internal funding capacity does not yet meet demand.
BikeRescue, Dismantle’s flagship mentoring program, uses bike mechanics as an outreach and engagement tool. By focussing on bikes, BikeRescue Mentors (Youth Workers and Occupational Therapists) build trust and rapport among referred youth, that is used to facilitate learning and therapy workshops. The casual and safe atmosphere enables connection to the root causes of participants’ vulnerability. To date, the program has supported over 1,200 at-risk youth across 110 partners, with a 90% completion rate.
Full Time Lives is a profit for purpose organisation that aims to help people build bold, happy, fulfilling lives after full-time work.
While a lot of people clearly plan out how much money they need to retire, not so many think about how they'll spend their time. We help people identify what makes them feel energised and fulfilled when they move on from full time work and then give them practical advice, tips and assistance to make their plans a reality.
We work with companies that care about the holistic needs of their mature employees or customers. We help businesses engage more closely with the growing and dynamic ageing population, better positioning themselves for future growth.
Do What You Can is a registered not-for-profit organisation that helps community become job ready, socially connected, professionally engaged and future positive!Do What You Can empowers participants from all walks of life through Simulated Workplace Environment Program in effort to help them achieve career longevity by learning, practicing and sharing their skills in a supportive environment, developing a sense of achievement and belonging.Our main strengths are: Employability Mentoring, Redundancy and Career Transition assistance, First Job Opportunity Mentoring.Do What You Can embraces diversity inclusion within its groups believes that employment changes people’s lives by promoting independence, self-esteem and social inclusion.
The Youth Development Foundation is a not-for-profit youth organisation dedicated to assisting the young people within our region improve the circumstances of their lives through engagement with positive activities, free training, confidence & motivation building, free job-ready programs, crisis accommodation, work experience & more.
YDF is widely known and supported from our local community, however we would like to expand our horizons through the use of social media, local advertising, online campaigns and more.
The Youth Development Foundation are ready to help young people who are doing life a bit tough.We are committed to ensuring our young people have the right support. We provide a short and/or long term helping hand to help our young people turn their lives around. The Youth Development Foundation is a space where our young adults will feel safe and will find the right support to help focus on improving their life skills and knowledge.
We provide a structured community inclusive program incorporating social skills, customised training, mentoring/coaching, youth support and vocational education to support identified “at risk” young people, regain a sense of their own self-worth, respect and improve lives.
We offer a realistic work experience environment, where real skills and knowledge, on a live operating site, are learnt. We provide opportunities for marketing our young people to real employers, with real employment opportunities.At Youth Development Foundation we assist with:• Nationally accredited training• Crisis accommodation• Drug and alcohol support• Advocacy support• Life and social skills• Employability skills• Work placement• Mentoring and coaching• Drop in centre
YDF has served 1587 young people & counting across the region since Sep 2014, all of whom were deemed ‘at risk’ or have ‘major barriers to employment’. With a network of 63 local employers and mentors it has supported disadvantaged young people:• 649 attain work• 293 be placed directly into YDF’s employer network• 817 access advocacy and medical services• 194 into further study or return to schoolOther data shows:• 448 were female participants• 255 were Indigenous participants(Statistics are from July 2017)
Overall engagement is 95% of which 96% successfully improve their overall circumstances.Participants are recruited through the networks YDF has established with government and non-government agencies in the area who also connected with disadvantaged youth. Connections have also been made with other organisations that deliver other projects and referral is made to these when appropriate.We work with various government agencies to ensure our young people are aware of the right services and assist them to access these services at the right times. Some of the agencies we work with include:• Department of Child Safety• Project Booyah – Queensland Police Service• Department of Corrective Services• Department of Justice and Attorney-General• Job Active Providers• Community Welfare Groups
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At Fitted for Work our vision is economic independence and empowerment for women and our mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage get work, keep work and navigate their world of work. Every woman has the right to economic security. When a woman achieves financial security, the flow on effect is transformational. Not only does she reap the benefits but so does her family, her community and ultimately the Australian economy.
Fitted for Work assists women from varied backgrounds. For example, they may be older women; survivors of domestic violence; experiencing homelessness; recently released from prison; a newly arrived migrant or refugee woman; or have a disability. They all have one factor in common. They want to work.
We develop each woman’s confidence and self-esteem as well as her skills and knowledge to obtain work through a suite of tailored pre and post-employment programs and services. We focus specifically on helping women gain employment not only because work provides financial security but also a sense of social connectedness, dignity and pride. We believe that when a woman is fitted for work, she is fitted for life.