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The Cocoon opens its doors to homeless teen Jo
A horrific home life left young Melbourne teen Jo homeless. The future looked bleak – until Bridge It, a charity that supports young people exiting out-of-home care, stepped in to help.
How Dress For Success Hobart helped Melissa with her job search
After months with no luck finding work Melissa was feeling defeated. Here’s how Dress For Success Hobart’s outreach program, aimed at women experiencing disadvantage in remote parts of Tasmania, helped boost her confidence and motivation.
February 2023 Community Grants Announced
We’re glad to announce the 21 remarkable community projects to receive funding as part of our February 2023 grant round.
How Anika Legal is helping vulnerable Victorian renters stay safe
The rising cost of living and current rental shortages mean low-income renters are at increased risk of exploitation – Anika Legal is evening the playing field.
The MATES Mobile: Fun, safe transport for people with autism
Matthew, like many others in the autistic community, found public transport challenging and stressful. Enter the MATES Mobile, an eight-person people mover that made travelling fun.
Young people on a mission to help the homeless
Melbourne charity Hayden’s Helping Hands was started by 8-year-old Hayden and his family to help people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Here’s how a Community Grant helped increase their capacity to reach more people in need.
Feeding the community with Open Table
People experiencing food insecurity and isolation in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and its surrounds turn to Open Table for fresh, healthy food and social connection.
July 2022 Community Grants Announced
We’re pleased to announce the 24 life-changing community projects to receive funding as part of our July 2022 grant round.
Kaylah: from care leaver to Young Warrior Woman
After exiting out-of-home care at 18 Kaylah was left homeless. Here’s how the Young Warrior Woman education and mentoring program helped turn her life around.
February 2022 Community Grants announced
We’re thrilled to announce the 23 lifechanging community projects to receive funding as part of our February 2022 grant round.
Wayne finds acceptance and healing after a traumatic childhood
A lifetime of rejection, bullying, and dealing with a chronic health condition led Wayne to develop depression and alcoholism. Life-Gate helped him turn it all around.
Harry and Quinn start their careers at Hotel Etico
Hotel Etico’s on-the-job hospitality training program is helping people with intellectual disability plan a career and become independent. Quinn and Harry, two young people who were part of the hotel’s first intake of six trainees, share their stories.
How The Men’s Table helped Kevin deal with his grief
After a tragedy, Kevin turned to grassroots men’s mental health support group The Men’s Table to help with his grief and find purpose in life once more.
Teaching children who stutter confidence and acceptance
A Foundation Community Grant helped SAY: Australia run a free 10-week online creative arts program for young people who stutter, teaching them about the joys of communication and that every voice matters.
A ray of sunshine for siblings of children with disability
Megan and Adam’s daughter Lexie has a disability: Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS). It can sometimes be hard for her older sister Immi – but a monthly support group makes all the difference.
July 2021 Community Grants announced
We’re excited to announce the 16 fantastic community projects to receive funding as part of our July 2021 grant round.
The wristwatch saving victims of domestic violence
Mum-of-three Stephanie was constantly looking over her shoulder, terrified of an attack from her abusive ex-partner. A piece of technology on her wrist has changed things for the better.
Giving vulnerable babies and children the best start at life
Can you imagine the stress and fear of bringing brand new babies home to nothing? Thanks to a Community Grant provided to the Dandelion Support Network, new mum Arya felt no fear, only gratitude.
Groceries and a friendly ear: supporting Sunbury
Geoff was struggling to get by – but found help and friendship among CareWorks SunRanges’ compassionate volunteers.
Delicious meals and open arms: caring for the people of Wagga Wagga
Carevan Wagga provides regular meals and a sense of community to people experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in Wagga Wagga.
Reuniting families: support for parents whose kids have been removed
A parent reeling from the trauma of having their kids removed must then navigate a confusing legal system – caseworkers, lawyers, court appearances, evaluations, foster carers and more – to try to get them back. Now, they can turn to someone who has done it all before.
March 2021 Community Grants announced
We are thrilled to announce the 25 incredible community projects to receive funding as part of our March 2021 grant round.
Why we’re changing our Community Grants Program application process
The Sisters of Charity Foundation is simplifying its Community Grants Program application process, beginning with the July grant round which opens on 8 July and closes on 31 July 2021. Learn what’s changing and why.
Elderly homelessness in Australia: why are women at risk?
Research shows that 1 in 6 homeless people are aged 55 or older, while over the past decade the number of older homeless people increased by 49%. We examine the daily reality of being homeless, and why elderly women in particular are so at risk.
Taking the RuffTRACK: young people make connections in the outback
From Sydney to Gunnedah, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Moonie and Moree – RuffTRACK’s recent trip through regional NSW and Queensland helped at-risk teenagers make meaningful changes through physical activity and new experiences.
How Sarah found training, a job, and a new life
Despite living with autism, Sarah was desperate to work and be independent, but experienced dozens and dozens of rejections. She had almost given up hope when she learnt about Jigsaw – now there’s nothing stopping this young career woman!
How one special person helped a single mum transform her life
Mum-of-four Nicole turned to the COACH Community Mentoring program to help her deal with grief, stress, financial issues and a drinking problem after a death in the family… and wound up making a friend for life.
September 2020 Community Grants announced
We’re so proud to announce the 24 incredible community projects to receive funding as part of our September 2020 grant round.
Why COVID-19 means more Australians are going hungry
We take a look at the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on unemployment, and how it affects food insecurity and hunger in Australia.
A kitchen that brings a community together
A Foundation Community Grant enabled not-for-profit organisation Prosper to start a community kitchen in Campsie; helping families in the area access fresh, heathy food; develop their cooking skills; and form new, supportive relationships.
How to help a grieving child
A Foundation Community Grant helped support bereaved children with group counselling sessions as they learn to live with the impact of grief and trauma following the death of a parent.
September 2020 Community Grants application period shortened
This year, for the very first time in our 20-year history, the Sisters of Charity Foundation is shortening its September 2020 Community Grants application period.
March 2020 Community Grants announced
We’re thrilled to announce the 26 incredible projects that will receive funding as part of our latest Community Grants round.
Teaching young men how to be top blokes
Like many young men, Tom struggled to manage his emotions when faced with challenges like unemployment. Thanks to Community Grant recipient Top Blokes Foundation, he discovered how to make better choices.
How has COVID-19 impacted victims of domestic violence in Australia?
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown orders in Australia have had an unprecedented impact on domestic violence, the effects of which will be felt for years to come.
Helping Aboriginal youth rediscover their country
A Community Grant provided a small group of Aboriginal youth with a fabulous 5-day educational camp in remote South Australia.
How one volunteer can make a difference
Community Grant recipient Home-Start is an organisation that supports families with young children – and couldn’t do it without the commitment and care of its volunteers.
Sisters of Charity Foundation meets with domestic violence survivors
Foundation staff and supporters had the rare opportunity to meet domestic violence survivors and the inspirational women who help them during a visit to Community Grants recipient Moving Forward.
A year of compassionate and practical assistance
The many stories captured in our latest Annual Review showcase the wide range of projects the Sisters of Charity Foundation continues to support.
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