“What you are in life results in great part from the influence exerted on you over the years by just a few people”. Eleanor Roosevelt
Who were the most important people in shaping your life? This month we’re excited to share a grant story about SISTER2sister with you, the only program of its kind in Australia which provides integrated, holistic, trauma-informed mentoring and education to vulnerable teenage girls. The Duffield-Thomas Family Fund (held with the Fremantle Foundation) chose to support this program because of the opportunities it gives to young women.
SISTER2Sister is a unique early intervention program which combined the benefits of one-on-one mentoring, monthly life skills workshops focusing on core underlying issues such as self-esteem, resilience, anxiety, anger management, trauma and health, as well as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities designed to challenge the girls, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and tap into their limitless potential.⠀
In 2018 the SISTER2sister program paired 35 at-risk teenage girls with a Big Sister Mentor. who empowers them to overcome life’s challenges and reach their full potential.
“Having a strong female role model is extremely important, especially when girls lack a positive female role model. Through mentoring you have the ability to be a trusted person outside someone’s bubble that can help them with their truth. Helping girls make decisions about the women they want to be for no one else but for themselves is a special place to be”.
Robyn, Big Sister Mentor
At the end of the year-long SISTER2sister mentoring program, the girls now have the tools and support to break the cycle of deeply entrenched inter-generational societal issues including unemployment/poverty, addiction, and lack of education, domestic violence, abuse/neglect and unplanned teenage pregnancy.
The girls are now able to:
- Demonstrate positive risk management skills to assist them to deal with their past trauma, circumstances and mental health issues
- Live in a safe environment with support
- Become financially secure through successfully obtaining and retaining employment and/or be enrolled in education
- Maintain survival skills independently
- Demonstrate high self-worth
- Attract and maintain positive friendships and relationships
- Have a sense of belonging and social inclusion
“We were all on the brink and a little bit of guidance changed this – you think you know everything but now you know everything but now you can accept mistakes you’ve made and recognise it was not a healthy lifestyle you lived”. ⠀
Little Sister Mentee⠀
Although the 2018 SISTER2sister 2018 program has now formally ended, 95% of mentors continue to support their mentees after the formal program ends.
The SISTER2sister mentoring program continues to support mentees beyond graduation. Little Sisters have ongoing access to the Butterfly Support program which is a wraparound service linking girls in to additional support services in the community as needed e.g. emergency accommodation, legal aid and counselling services. In addition to the SISTER2sister mentoring program, participants and graduates of the program have access to the Butterfly Opportunity Program which offers mathematics/IT scholarships, work experience, apprenticeships, employment and much more.
The Duffield-Thomas Family Fund supported Life Changing Experience Foundation’s SISTER2Sister program in 2018. ⠀
Denise Duffield-Thomas is a highly successful money mindset mentor and author for a new wave of entrepreneurs. Denise helps women create wealth through her mindset courses and practical wisdom on releasing money blocks. Mark Duffield Thomas is a business coach and former sports marketing consultant for some of the biggest football brands in the world.
Denise and Mark are keen to support the community in a bigger and more strategic way through philanthropy and are happy to support projects throughout Australia. Their areas of impact include Environment and Climate Change, Women and Children, and Advocacy.
Last Thursday night 160+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists.
Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.
This year Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, Fremantle PCYC and ICEA Foundation raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game changing $100,000 grant.
Fremantle PCYC were the recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will allow them to run a Breakfast Club for vulnerable and at-risk children in Fremantle for the next two years.
Breakfast Club will provide breakfast for 30+ children aged 5 to 12 years every Monday and Wednesday morning during school terms in 2019 and 2020. Children will arrive by 7.30 and have a healthy breakfast following exercise or targeted activities, and then be walked to school.
Overall, the program aims to improve the food security and nutrition of children living in disadvantage and providing them an equal opportunity to excel academically, emotionally and socially.
Congratulations to Julie Gorman, Daniel Roy and the team at Fremantle PCYC!
Finalists each receive $5,000 grant
Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and ICEA Foundation to each receive a $5,000 grant.
Thank you to our Donors
Impact100 Fremantle is only possible because of the generosity of our donors.
Donations are now open for Impact100 Fremantle ’19
Donations now open for Impact100 Fremantle 2019
Be part of the Impact100 Fremantle donor community in 2019!
Give $1,000 and make a $100,000 difference in your community.
Donations are now open for Impact100 Fremantle 2019. You can choose to:
- Donate $1,000 up front
- Or choose to give $100 a month for the next 10 months
If you would like to give to Impact100 Fremantle 2019 as part of a group or workplace please contact our Social Impact Manager, Hannah Fitch-Rabbitt, who can assist you to make this easy for each member of your group to give.
Want to continue supporting our Finalists?
Black Swan Health – Freo Street Doctor
Black Swan Health welcomes all support from the Fremantle community and from the Impact 100 Fremantle donors.
Freo Street Doctor clinics are delivered daily within City of Fremantle. Black Swan Health actively seek volunteers for the Freo Street Doctor service. Volunteers support the sustainability of the service and allow the organisation to expand the reach of Freo Street Doctor to more people in need of health care.
Volunteering with Freo Street Doctor provides the opportunity to experience and contribute to the sense of community that is welcomed by our clients. The opportunity to have a conversation with people at Freo Street Doctor clinics is welcomed by clients who often find it hard to engage with people in other locations.
Freo Street Doctor is generously supported with donations of items that are shared with our clients such as blankets and hand-knitted winter items, swags and bedding, toiletries and personal care items.Black Swan Health welcome all donations of these items which enables us to enrich our clients lives by just knowing someone has thought about their wellbeing.
Black Swan Health welcomes all financial support for Freo Street Doctor. We undertake all opportunities to maintain a financially viable service and all donations support additional clinic sessions.
Each donation of $500 will support expenses associated with a Freo Street Doctor clinic including salary for the Outreach Worker and GP, vehicle running costs and medical supplies used in the provision of health care.
$ 1,000 will support 2 clinics and the health care of up to 10 people
$ 5,000 will support 10 clinics and the health care of up to 50 people
$10,000 will support 20 clinics and the health care of up to 100 people
$10,000 guarantees a clinic can be delivered once a week for 5 months
For more information about Freo Street Doctor and their contact details CLICK HERE.
Fremantle Men’s Community Shed
Become a Member
Join the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and become a Member!
Membership forms are available online here.
Do you have expertise you feel may be of value to the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed?! Skilled volunteers are always welcomed and valued.
$1,000; Funds would be utilised by professionally producing an e-booklet providing individuals and support organisations for persons in our target groups.
$5,000; Cost per 5-week workshop is $2,906. Funds would be utilised by completing two off 5- week workshops with the revenue shortfall utilising funds raised from our community initiatives
$10,000; Cost per 5-week workshop is $2,906. Funds would be utilised by completing four off 5- week workshops with the revenue shortfall utilising funds raised from our community initiatives
For more information about Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and their contact details CLICK HERE.
PCYC absolutely depends on the efforts of volunteers.
Fremantle PCYC currently need people to drive the bus to drop kids off at home after the PCYC closes.
Volunteers also lend a hand supervising the Safe Space program and the Breakfast Club and other programs with an attendant youth worker.
Donors would be made to feel most welcome should they wish to volunteer their time in a hands on capacity or they may contribute in other ways such as collecting needed donations such as food and donations or they may have other skills that could be put to good use.
Working with disadvantaged young people has its challenges, but in the end, when you see the impact that just small interventions have with these children, it makes it all worthwhile!
The Fremantle PCYC has been fortunate to receive small amounts of monies to commence some of our youth diversionary programs, designed to attract and engage with different segments of Fremantle’s young people.
For example, Safe Sistas is a spin on the Safe Space program which is aimed at young women specifically, bringing them together for one night a week to learn personal development in an environment that is supportive and safe, without judgement or distractions. It’s a place the girls feel safe, hang with friends, get away from their troubles at home and learn some valuable life skills such as resume writing, cooking and personal development.
Another project which has been funded through small grants which is currently running is the Gnarniny Program at Hilton Harvest Community Garden – a food-based program where participants grow, harvest and then prepare their own food – they learn lessons in nutrition, taking care of things and working with others.
These are just two of the many projects we could not have delivered if not for the generous donations previously received. Additional donations are able to support further youth diversionary programs.
For more information about Fremantle PCYC and their contact details CLICK HERE.
Yarn with ICEA Foundation
A vital step in moving forward towards reconciliation is to ensure all Australians know about Australia’s shared history, Australia’s First Peoples and the world’s oldest surviving culture. Yarn is a youth-to-youth program that facilitates an understanding of cultural identity, shared history and reconciliation.
Book a Yarn with ICEA for your business, community or local school.
10 FOR 10
Traditionally 10 years of marriage is rewarded with tin, suppose that means it’s time for ICEA to start rattling tins.
After 10 years of learning, growing, and evolving ICEA couldn’t be more proud of what they have achieved in the last 10 years.
To allow the growth to continue ICEA are turning to the community who have always been an integral part of the ICEA Family.
For $10 a month you can empower other Australians to get on board and we can shift the Australian story together.
Find 50 is a collective fundraising initiative building a community of like-minded donors who are passionate about supporting ICEA’s mission of moving towards reconciliation.
For a tax deductible donation of $1,000, you will:
For more information about ICEA Foundation and their contact details CLICK HERE.
Nearly one year on from the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night and major grant recipient Ngalla Maya are going from strength to strength.
Founder and CEO of Ngalla Maya, Mervyn Eades, discusses the impact their organisation is having on the lives of young men and women in Fremantle and WA –
“Ngalla Maya creating Hope within our community giving our people real purpose by helping our people break out of their impoverished upbringing but it’s not just about giving them access to Training & Employment ; it’s about empowering them with a sense of self-belief within themselves by giving them access to programs and mentors and Employment opportunities equip them with the right tools it’s also giving them that stability within a earned income and suddenly they are no longer disconnected and they feel like they’re a part of the bigger picture in society and they regain that sense of belonging and worthiness empowerment of ones self as our people are all so capable and all have such high talent all they need is to be given the options and opportunities and support to reach their goals and dreams”.
Ngalla Maya has had great success with their program thanks to support of the Impact100 Fremantle grant.
Ngalla Maya have placed 56 indigenous candidates in full time employment and trained 80 indigenous candidates in Certificate 3 Construction and 43 indigenous candidates in Certificate 2 and 3 in Retail, Hospitality and Commercial cleaning.
They provide support and mentoring to all our candidates throughout the training and job placement.
Additionally through the First Nations Homelessness Project (FNHP), Ngalla Maya have vastly improved property standards and healthy living standards for 7 families facing eviction in the Fremantle area. Between now and December FNHP be closing 7 more cases in the Fremantle area.
Four months prior to this photograph being taken this young Nyoongar man was in Maximum Security at Casuarina Prison.
Today he is working on a remote community housing project in remote WA earning a living without the life of crime as a need to provide for himself and his children. He has been employed as an electrical trade assistant doing a 3/1 roster.
This is just one of the many success stories Ngalla Maya have to share as they work to break the cycle of recidivism and the over-incarceration of First Nation people.
Make sure you join us at this year’s Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night to hear about the inspiring work of the 2018 Finalists.