Communities in rural, regional and remote locations are disadvantaged when it comes to accessing funding and having equitable access to quality services and opportunities, such as health, education and transport. Our grants seek to help local community groups bridge the gaps or enhance what already exists.
Marine science program goes inland
The Woodbridge School and Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) expanded their outreach program to give 580 students across rural and regional Tasmania the opportunity of a hands-on marine science experience – an experience they would have otherwise missed.
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More than 580 students in rural and regional Tasmania benefitted from a $5,000 REAPing Rewards grant to the Woodbridge School and Marine Discovery Centre (MDC).
The MDC wanted to upgrade and expand their outreach program to give inland schools the opportunity of a hands-on marine science experience. This grant, funded by the Ian Potter Foundation, covered travel expenses, resources to safely transport live animals, and a flat screen display to support the classroom presentation. The funds were also used to maintain the purpose-built touch tank constructed by MDC for travelling.
MDC’s teacher, Andrew Walsh, travelled more than 2,100 km visiting six schools and allowing students who live a long way from the ocean to enjoy hands-on marine activities linked to the Australian Science Curriculum.
Without access to this program, students would have missed out on the opportunity to explore and learn more about the marine environment of their state, explains Mr Walsh.
“Many of the schools I visited had children who had never been to the ocean, let alone come across any live marine animals. It was so rewarding to see them gain in confidence – for one autistic child, it was the first time he’d opened-up and engaged in class. The joy in the teacher’s eyes was priceless,” said Mr Walsh.
Christine Farnell, Principal of South Arm Primary School said it was a fantastic experience for their students.
“Due to our distance from Woodbridge, we are unable to make use of the Marine Discovery Centre, as the cost of buses and time for travelling impact us enormously, so without the FRRR grant this is an experience that our students would have missed.”
Mr Walsh plans to run the MDC outreach program next year, benefitting more schools and children across Tasmania.
Palatable furniture builds youth skills
How to make and market furniture from recyclable wooden pallets was a novel idea aimed to provide students who are at-risk of disengaging and leaving school with practical skills and a recognised qualification.
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This project aimed to address school engagement, participation and completion for at-risk students. It provided students who are at-risk of disengaging and leaving school with practical skills and a recognised qualification, by running ‘Palatable Furniture’.
This hands-on course taught students from the Wyong Shire region in NSW how to make and market furniture from recyclable wooden pallets. Uniting Care Burnside Branch channelled $20,000 received from FRRR’s Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program. This program is a collaboration between FRRR, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Philanthropy Australia and eight philanthropic donor partners, to Wyong Outreach TAFE. They provided teachers and mentors for 16 students to gain a Certificate 1 - Access to Work and Training.
The project had great support from the staff at the school and a local business, Wave Zone, donated the pallets.
One of the significant outcomes was that participants re-engaged with their school and local community as a result of marketing the furniture they had made.
Feedback from the students themselves highlighted the success of the program. As one student said, “I thought I was just doing something to get out of school… but what I did was learn things… this was real education.” Another commented, “I want more of this… I want to learn more.”
Life Saving Skills for everyone
A $9,000 grant enabled 885 children from 13 schools in Echuca, Shepparton and Yarrawonga to participate in Life Saving Victoria’s Open Water Learning Experience free of charge. They would otherwise have been excluded due to financial limitations.
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An FRRR grant enabled children who would otherwise have been excluded due to financial limitations to participate in a program that literally saves lives.
With $9,000 received from the McEwen Foundation Grants for the Goulburn Valley program, 885 students from 13 schools in Echuca, Shepparton and Yarrawonga were able to participate in Life Saving Victoria’s Open Water Learning Experience (OWLE) free of charge.
OWLE is a targeted aquatic education and safety program for youth from culturally and linguistically diverse networks, who are at high risk of drowning. As one teacher said, “Without this generous donation, we probably wouldn’t have been able to attend.”
Connecting Women in Gippsland Conference 2016
This program of socially inclusive events was designed to reduce barriers and support women from rural townships who have a disability or are experiencing disadvantage. By providing free transport and ticketing, it made it possible for everyone to attend.
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Connecting Women in Gippsland Conference 2016 was a program of socially inclusive events designed to reduce barriers and support women from rural townships who have a disability or are experiencing disadvantage. A Grants for Resilience & Wellness grant of $37,000, funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, provided free transport for 24 women in fire affected areas to attend the event. A single mum with no child support said that the free ticketing and transport allowed her to attend the event.