Ageing, disability and mental health projects to benefit from $200,000 of funding from the State Trustees Australia Foundation

Approximately $200,000 has been granted to 20 not-for-profit organisations by the Foundation in its 2017 Grassroots Grants program. These grants aim to support individuals disadvantaged by ageing, disability and mental health through delivering projects that address social inclusion, social and emotional wellbeing and health promotion, self-care, social participation and carer support.

Projects funded by the Foundation ranged from building a community shed in Warragul to better deliver activities for people living with a disability, to the establishment of a volunteer program to reduce isolation of vulnerable community members. The Foundation also funded a program to engage people with Parkinson’s disease through dance classes in the north-east of the state.

Mawarra Centre received a $10,000 grant to help build a shed for the delivery of social, recreational, educational and vocational programs for people living with a disability.

Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda received a $10,000 grant for their Five Minute Volunteer program to connect local resident volunteers with vulnerable members of the community to reduce social isolation.

A $7,000 grant was provided to Albury Wodonga Health to collaborate with a local dance academy and offer dance classes to members of their Parkinson’s disease support group.

The Foundation received applications from organisations who were working to make a difference in the lives of people affected by ageing, disability or mental health.

State Trustees Executive General Manager, Melanie Lewis states “the State Trustees Australia Foundation has been supporting community organisations for over twenty years and we’re really excited about the scope of activities our grants are funding this year which will have a positive impact on communities.”

Organisation Name Project Title

Grant

Albury Wodonga Health Strictly Come Dancing with Parkinson’s – a local regional performing arts and health service collaboration to provide dance classes to Parkinson’s suffers

$7,000

Austin Health The LiveWell Program: a four-week workshop for cancer patients and their carers

$10,000

Camp Quality Victoria Primary School Education Program to visit schools where there is a student impacted by cancer

$7,900

Can: Do 4Kids (Townsend House Inc.) Establishing CD4Ks Assistive Technology Resource Library to improve lives of children living with a disability and their families

$10,000

COTA Victoria Scoping project for a campaign against ageism

$10,000

Fitted for Work SheWorks – Connecting mature-aged women with work

$10,000

Footscray Community Arts Centre ArtLife Intersections Forum and Exhibition

$10,000

Healthy People Illawarra Inc Cook Chill Chat – a 12-week cooking program connecting elderly members of the community

$9,884

Inclusion Melbourne Legal Support Practice and Justice (for People with Intellectual Disability)

$9,955

Knoxbrooke Enterprises Ltd Transition to Open Employment Program

$9,800

Mawarra Centre Community Shed

$10,000

National Disability Services Limited Ticket to work to help transition students with a disability from school to employment

$9,300

Pinarc Disability Support Creating a Heart: Establishment of a commercial kitchen to train young people with disabilities as baristas

$10,000

Sacred Heart Mission Sacred Heart Local’s Five Minute Volunteers program

$10,000

Spectrum Journeys Inc Advocacy Mentoring Program for Carers

$10,000

Taralye Using Small Groups to Promote the Language and Literacy Skills and Reduce the Isolation of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

$9,650

The Alfred Foundation Open Dialogue program to support young people with mental health issues.

$10,000

Uniting AgeWell You’re Not Alone – Dementia Carer Support Group

$10,000

University of Melbourne Archiving the records that relate to the development of the Disability Rights Movement in Victoria.

$10,000

Yooralla Going Outdoors – Enabling people with disability to enjoy the serenity

$10,000