KYDS – North Sydney
Reducing wait times for mental health support for young people and their families
A Gift of Just $100 is 1 online workshop for young people and parents while waiting on 1:1 counselling
Giving opportunity: Following a global pandemic and a youth suicide cluster, the youth services organisations of the Northern Sydney Region have found themselves challenged by a dramatic increase in demand for help. Even with additional staffing, waiting lists continue to be 10-12 weeks for ongoing support.
Supporting: 2000 to 2500 young people and their family members to increase the safety and wellbeing of young people with support while they wait for ongoing care.
Place: North Sydney
Program partner: Northern Sydney Youth Services Collaboration
Kookaburra Kids Connect – Greater Sydney and NSW
Kookaburra Kids Connect – online forums for children impacted by familial mental illness
A Gift of Just $100 will provide a child an online 'Connect' session (40 mins)
Giving opportunity: Kookaburra Kids shows young people living with familial mental illness they are not alone. An outrider for preventative mental health literacy and support for at-risk children who confused by their parents impaired ability, take on responsibilities beyond their years. This Online Forum will provide accessible help to kids in need
Supporting: 325 unique places in Connect, delivered to upwards of 120+ kids aged 8-18, in locales around Australia.
Place: Online forum to Greater Sydney
Program partner: Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
Junior Top Blokes – Blakehurst, Menai, Picnic Point
Improving young men's mental health, and positive contribution
A Gift of Just $100 is 2 workshops for young boys to change their attitudes on masculinity and to treat women respectfully
Giving opportunity: Across 6-months, 14-17 year-old males in high schools participate in weekly interactive workshops covering: Risk Taking and Peer Pressure, Mental Health, Respectful Relationships, Online Behaviour and Consequences (including sexting, pornography and cyber bullying), Alcohol and Drugs, Racism, Sexuality and Anger Management.
Supporting: 60 young males aged between 14-17. change attitudes on masculinity, influencing them to positively contribute to their school and their broader community.
Place: Blakehurst, Menai and Picnic Point
Program partner: Top Blokes Foundation
Stepping Up – South West Sydney
Mental health and positive role modelling for primary school boys at-risk
A Gift of Just $100 is a mentoring workshop for a group of young boys helping them improve their mental health.
Giving opportunity: Stepping Up is an 8-week mentoring program for at-risk and disengaged boys in grades 5 and 6. With weekly mentoring and social education workshops, participants have access to positive role modelling and skill in mental well-being, anger management, healthy relationships and masculinity.
Supporting: 60 young males aged 11-13 who attend the 5 target primary schools in the South West Sydney region.
Place: South West Sydney
Program partner: Top Blokes Foundation
Mobile Community Centre – Mascot, Zetland, Eastgardens
Mobile outreach for children, young
people and families experiencing isolation
A Gift of Just $100 is Free Wifi and Printing/Copying to the community of service forms and activities for 2 months
Giving opportunity: Delivering flexible prevention and early help and support for children, young people, families and communities experiencing -or at risk of vulnerability who are not able to travel, or don’t know where to go for help.
Supporting: 2,000 people less likely or unable to reach services are now reaching out, with an increase in social participation and community engagement.
Place: Mascot, Eastlakes, Kensington, Zetland, Green Square, Eastgardens
Program partner: South Eastern Community Connect
A Listening Ear – Newtown, Ryde, Liverpool, Campbelltown
Mobile outreach for children, young people and families experiencing isolation
A Gift of Just $100 will help cover the cost of an intensive counselling session for a vulnerable hearing-impaired child and their family
Giving opportunity: Specialist counselling services for hearing-impaired children and their families, addressing the challenges of life with paediatric hearing loss, as well as the additional distress that has been caused by COVID-19 and its economic aftermath.
Supporting: 300 children to improve their social skills, emotional resilience/ behaviour and coping strategies to help parents reduce stress within their families.
Place: Newtown, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Casula, Liverpool, Campbelltown
Program partner: The Shepherd Centre – For Deaf Children
Rhythm is Life – Cabramatta, Merrylands
Increasing social connectedness, to
improve the wellbeing of older people
A Gift of Just $212 will cover the costs of running a Rhythm is Life dance class for 20 older people
Giving opportunity: Increasing social connectedness, cultural diversity, and
improving the general wellbeing of older people living in Fairfield City and Cumberland, through weekly community dance classes.
Supporting: 40 people 50 years old and above of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with work experience and employment opportunities to at least 12 female dance facilitators/musicians and 2 female art workers both from Aboriginal, CALD, and refugee backgrounds.
Place: Cabramatta, Merrylands
Program partner: Heartdancers