Congratulations to the following local community organisations that have been successful in being awarded a grant through the Stockland Community Grant Program in 2014.
Each of these groups does an outstanding job in the community and we are proud to support their work.
Karinya Occasional Childcare - provides low cost child care sessions and caters for children who have experienced factors such as homelessness, domestic violence and financially struggling families. The grant will be used towards creating a natural outdoor garden area (currently a concrete yard) which will enhance sensory development and educate young children about nature.
Eureka Mums - a network of mothers and other volunteers in Ballarat who believe that no child should go without the basic material needs - like a safe cot to sleep in. Eureka Mums assist Regional Social Workers by providing local access to a wide range of pre-packaged, recycled, donated goods such as clothing for new borns, bedding, cots, highchairs, prams, safety gates and many other everyday items, to regional social workers. The grant will be used to purchase new cot/mattress sets and other essential items.
St Aloysius Parish School 'Caring Circle' - the primary services/activities provided by the Parents and Friends organisation allow them to look after the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational needs of the school community. The grant will be used to assist the 'Caring Circle' in providing basic needs during times of family crisis - illness, death etc for members of the school community.
Special Olympics Ballarat - provides physical activity, fun and friendship for people in the community with an intellectual disability. Helps to improve mental and physical health in a safe environment and promote community awareness and integration. The grant will be used to assist in sending local Special Olympic athletes from Ballarat to the National Special Olympics in Melbourne in October 2014.
Forest Rangers Soccer Club - provide opportunities for both young people and adults to compete in structured soccer competition. The club caters for both males and females from all diversities. The grant will be used to assist the club to provide for registrations and uniforms and equipment for new players who are not financially independent and support those who would otherwise not be able to participate in sport because of financial hardship.