2017 Winter State Trustees Australia Foundation Newsletter
Welcome to the winter edition of the State Trustees Australia Foundation newsletter
In this edition, read about the successful recipients from our Disadvantaged Children, Animal Welfare and Medical Research grants. We feature some of our funded projects to show how the Foundation is making a difference to the community. Also our Grassroots Grants program is closing soon.
Supporting mindfulness in schools
The Foundation awarded Smiling Mind $53,600 to develop a set of evidence based guidelines for teachers to incorporate mindfulness into the classroom. This will involve the different ways that mindfulness can be integrated into the learning environment, including targeted approaches to address specific issues. Read more.
Crisis accommodation for animals
Lort Smith was awarded $10,500 to build the capacity of its Emergency Welfare Assistance (EWA) program. Lort Smith’s EWA program supports people in crisis by caring for approximately 140 animals a year for owners who are experiencing family violence, homelessness, hospitalisation for medical or mental health issues and incarceration. The average length of stay in EWA is 28 days with an option of foster care. Every animal is vet checked, temperament tested, vaccinated, micro-chipped and de-sexed if needed. Read more.
Enabling choice for people with dementia
State Trustees Australia Foundation funded Royal District Nursing Service $99,780 to conduct a feasibility study for the Enabling Choices Tool. This is the second phase of a project funded by the Foundation aimed at navigating the difficult space between a dementia patient’s risks and their autonomy in the home care setting. Read more.
State Trustees Australia Foundation highlights
YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp
In 2016, YMCA was given $8000 through the Grassroots Grant program to purchase a Sandcruiser beach wheelchair and a universal harness and frame for giant swing activities. The camp aims to build healthy, inclusive and well-connected communities and has over 500 visitors a year with a disability.
The equipment is part of YMCA’s commitment to access and inclusion and is available for visitors and residents with a disability to access the camps giant swing activity and the beaches in Anglesea, Airey’s Inlet and Lorne. Read more about the camp at Anglesea Recreation Camp website.
Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel
State Trustees Australia Foundation funded the Panel in April 2014 to identify gaps within the impending legislative changes, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Aged Care Reforms. The Panel is made up of peak bodies in the ageing, disability and mental health sectors. Most recently, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has become a core member.
The Panel recently release a report Consumer Perspective Project: Supply Sides Observation Paper from a project led by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria. For information about other projects, sector news and upcoming events sign up to the Panel’s quarterly online newsletter Connect and Collaborate.
Current funding opportunities
Grassroots Grants for ageing, disability and mental health support initiatives
State Trustees Australia Foundation Grassroots Grants program provides support to community organisations in the categories of Ageing Well, Disability and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.
The program is now open and closes on 28 July 2017.
Guidelines and application forms can be found under the Foundation’s current funding opportunities.
The program aims to promote social inclusion, and provide support for individuals to live independently and build and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and resilience, as well as reduce the incidence of adverse health issues that can limit their ability to live well.
You can also see our successful 2016 Grassroots Grant recipients.
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