Inspiring Your Giving
Inspiring Your Giving 2019 presents more than $1 Million of priority projects responding to the needs of vulnerable women and diverse communities across Greater Sydney.
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Since 2008, Sydney Sydney Women’s Fund has been funding programs to support women and girls in Greater Sydney. The design and selection of projects here is a response to the findings of Sydney Women’s Fund’s Portrait III: Hopes, Fears and Dreams of Sydney Women (2018).
• Overcoming Financial Vulnerability
• Ending Discrimination Against Women
CAUSE AREA: OVERCOMING FINANCIAL VULNERABILITY
SHELT(HER). Our Portrait research tells us that as the pace of economic and social change accelerates, the number of women needing care and support is growing exponentially. For the homeless, victims of domestic violence and their families, this funding response will rebuild women’s lives.
MARRICKVILLE. Tackling the growing crisis in waste, homelessness and domestic violence in Sydney. From house to home will scale a successful project to reach 360 vulnerable women in 2019 with practical support and new skills. Working with women re-establishing their lives after trauma or homelessness, this project delivered by Bower Rescue Marrickville supplies furniture and whitegoods to make their house a home. Plus, it will empower vulnerable women through DIY workshops. Training them with skills and confidence to make basic repairs. Becoming positive role models to their children and encouraging their daughters to do the same. Working with referral agencies, this project is a triple win offering a sustainable solution for women in crisis. FUNDING TARGET $100,000 $1000 will furnish a home for a woman and her children $100 gives a woman new skills in home DIY or basic carpentry $20 will help a woman fix a household item with a repair technician
INNER CITY / BURWOOD Access to Empowerment works to improve the financial independence and emotional wellbeing of women experiencing homelessness and/or who are victims of domestic violence. Run by WAGEC - Women's and Girls' Emergency Centre, this program provides wrap around holistic, emotional and practical support to 50 women and guides them to employment and stability. These women often suffer discrimination during recruitment due to age, nationality or background, triggering acute levels of stress, decreasing executive functioning, confidence and wellbeing. The support provided prevents women accepting inadequate work out of economic desperation and builds safety and independence. This program is offered in Burwood and Sydney's inner city suburbs of Pyrmont, Potts Point and Redfern. FUNDING TARGET $100,000 $2,200 is a pathway for a woman to re-enter the workforce $750 means access to a career mentor for a year $150 funds a group session for 6 women who have escaped domestic violence
SUTHERLAND SHIRE. An early intervention, home-visiting program to support struggling mothers with young children. Diffusing potential issues before they escalate, this work supports women escaping DV, mothers with postnatal depression/anxiety, twins/triplets, single parents, wives with partners in the army, the socially isolated and any other parent going through a difficult time. The program will offer weekly home visits by trained volunteers with the option for in-home counselling, or access to groups and workshops. Provided with safe environments, opportunities for play, and working with Orana's volunteers and professional staff, children in Sutherland Shire develop positive relationships and can reach their potential. Early intervention is a key strategy in developing strong, independent people. FUNDING TARGET $27,500 $1000 will allow the Early Support service to expand to support more families $300 gives a small group of new mothers relatable parenting workshops $100 supports a family with in-home support, resources and therapy to meet their needs
REDERN. Nagle House is a safe house for homeless women in Redfern. Since opening 6 years ago, it has been home to 79 women. As the pace of economic and social change accelerates, and government safety-net declines, the number of women needing care and support is growing exponentially. Along with shelter, food, clothing and counselling offered by Cana Communities; this program also weaves in care and support tailored to each woman’s needs. Each woman is partnered with a companion as she makes her way to the next stage of life. Even after she leaves Nagle House, an Outreach service maintains a caring relationship to ensure her ongoing wellbeing. FUNDING TARGET $26,400 $1,500 covers bond and 2 weeks rent in advance $1000 covers mental health assessment and follow up $100 will give a woman access to life skills for work
SUTHERLAND SHIRE. BRIC recognises the impossible choices of family violence and works to repair the fractured relationships between safe caregivers and their children. The skilled staff of Sutherland Shire Family Services understand the children are hurt kids, not bad kids. Unique in its approach, this work is critical as chronic maltreatment from childhood to adolescents is much more likely to result in crime and contact with the juvenile justice system. BRIC is undergoing a three-year external evaluation by the University of NSW to examine its efficacy; how it halts the intergenerational transfer of abuse and neglect as the safe caregiver modifies their parenting to provide a secure attachment with their child. FUNDING TARGET $11,000 $1000 will support weekly therapeutic work for 5 children across 10 weeks $100 will bring 2 mothers to a Healing Connections group $50 brings calm to an anxious child with a Therapeutic Drumming workshop
WOOLLOOMOOLOO. Women’s Housing Company has recently opened a complex in the heart of Woolloomooloo. Its Older Women’s Hub has brought together a community of older women living in social housing locally, and across the wider Women’s Housing Company tenant population. Rather than burden busy family or rely on accessing complicated services, the women often prefer to support one another. Tenants have been pivotal in leading, participating and co-designing activities. New funding would allow the Hub to expand activities at Woolloomooloo to include more digital and financial literacy. It would also help set up a sister Hub in Chester Hill. FUNDING TARGET $11,000 $38 helps bring a new communal space for older, single women living in social housing $75 will help a group of older women remain active and independent $138 helps an older woman learn smart phone skills and stay connected to friends and family
EASTERN SUBURBS Domestic Violence is a national crisis. In Australia, violence perpetrated by an intimate partner is the cause of more illness, disability and death than any other factor for women aged 25-44. For children in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, the damage is profound. Hope and Heal provides weekend residential retreats for women who are escaping or have left violent relationships. Creating a safe, nurturing environment allows self-care and healing for survivors. Hope and Heal brings together leading experts in wellbeing, finance, trauma, fitness, nutrition, healing, relationships and communication to empower and educate. Friendships are made and participants connected to further support services - increasing their ongoing safety and independence. FUNDING TARGET $5,500 $3,000 hires the retreat centre and provides all nutritious meals and refreshments $250 secures a place for one woman with pamper pack and all activities $50 will fund a remedial massage for a survivor
CAUSE AREA: ENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
ENDING DISCRIMINATION. Programs that help women of all ages who are underemployed and unemployed to find work and be paid fair wages. Encouragement of financial independence as women develop skills and talents to benefit the Sydney economy.
GREATER SYDNEY Sydney Women’s Fund: Portrait III Research recently found an alarming 44% of women had experienced discrimination in the last 12 months. Almost a third reporting their mental health (32%) and career (31%) suffering, with income (20%), personal relationships (17%) and physical health (11%) also affected. A new program in response to these findings: Sydney Women’s Fund is launching a new partnership with CareerTrackers, piloting the ‘Indigenous Women's Career Mentoring Program'. For many Alumni of CareerTrackers – they are the first in their family to graduate from university and work in the private sector. The mentoring program will accelerate the careers of 20 Indigenous women, connecting them with a supportive, dedicated mentor and a network of industry leaders and professionals. FUNDING TARGET $55,000 $1000 enables support for one Indigenous young women to receive 12-months professional mentoring & coaching $500 enables recruitment, preparation and matching of a female professional/industry leader to mentor an Indigenous young women
PARRAMATTA / DEE WHY. BUMP is a powerful mentoring program for at-risk young mums run by Raise Foundation, empowering them socially and emotionally to re-engage in life, education and employment. Working with vulnerable young pregnant and parenting girls from the Parramatta & Dee Why areas, BUMP offers weekly mentoring by a local volunteer mum. Each participant chooses to develop a plan to return to education, or employment. BUMP has already reached over 500 girls and recently found half of the participants (52%) have direct experience with domestic violence. With the support of a dedicated counsellor, the group program facilitates each young mum to advance their resilience and confidence in parenting abilities. FUNDING TARGET $22,000 $1000 will enable training of 12 volunteers $325 provides an experienced counsellor for the weekly session $24 provides one hour of mentoring for an at-risk young mum
FAIRFIELD. Now in its fifth successful year, the sewing circle will reach 40 women through both a beginners and advanced program. Participants develop friendships, a sense of belonging, whilst gaining skills and training. Sessions are structured and delivered by TAFE at Parents' Cafe Fairfield Inc. Skilled teachers provide technical training and encourage the women on employment pathways and into personal enterprise. Ginger & Smart are mentors to advanced design students. The impact of trauma experienced by refugee women as a result of war and conflict, means many struggle to relate to their surroundings during their settlement journey. It is critical women are actively engaged in a supportive environment that empowers, builds capacity and enhances self-care. FUNDING TARGET $17,600 $1000 buys sewing equipment and materials for 10 sessions $500 will secure the group facilitator for 10 sessions $100 keeps the sewing machines in good working order
WENTWORTHVILLE Last year, local research found that a startling number of women in the South Asian community of Wentworthville were suffering. Many were struggling with family violence with nowhere to turn. They asked for a safe space. Encouragingly, local women quickly volunteered to welcome new arrivals and be available to mentor vulnerable members of their community. Bringing women together with no eligibility criteria, Boronia Multicultural Services Inc. offer weekly ‘drop-in’ sessions featuring Tai Chi, Yoga and childcare. Sessions increase wellbeing, women’s safety, health, and leadership training. A qualified co-ordinator is onsite and women can seek help, advocacy support, and advice on job readiness. FUNDING TARGET $11,000 $1000 secures the safe space for women to meet for 6 months $50 caters healthy snacks for the women $20 gives a vulnerable woman an hour of childcare
BAULKHAM HILLS A powerful documentary film can change the way communities respond to issues. Rosemary's Way is a film about belonging, it tells the story of Rosemary Kariuki and her remarkable work drawing migrant women out of their isolation in suburban ghettos. Exposing them to new experiences and ideas, we see the women grow in confidence and move out from the margins to fully participate in Australian life. Spending time with Rosemary and three migrant women over the course of a year, we learn their deeper stories, the struggles and challenges they face trying to settle into Australia. This film supported by Documentary Australia Foundation is an important reflection on ‘how well multicultural Australia is doing in 2019’ from the perspective of migrant women. FUNDING TARGET $5,500$1000 is camera and sound gear for a day of filming $100 will supply meals for the women while filming $25 will help support travel expenses for the women
CAUSE AREA: EDUCATION | EMPLOYMENT | SCHOLARSHIPS
TOWARDS 50/50. Financial Scholarships and mentoring for talented girls and young women facing disadvantage. Breaking down barriers so women can successfully complete their studies and forge pathways to employment and financial independence.
GREATER SYDNEY. Sydney Women's Fund Future Changemaker Scholarships will be awarded in partnership with Harding Miller Education Foundation. Gifted girls facing disadvantage will be assisted to reach their academic potential with practical financial support and a mentor. The mentoring will focus on building financial responsibilty and academic success in a 4 year program through Years 9-12. The girls will find belonging as members of an alumni of the future changemakers program. 35% of girls are refugees and new to Australia, and 16% live in out of home care, many are from impoverished homes, Indigenous families, or live with domestic violence and family breakdown. They are given a computer, high speed internet, homework support, and funds to cover books, uniforms, subject fees and excursions. These girls have the chance to lift their families out of poverty and intergenerational welfare. FUNDING TARGET $100,000 $2,200 secures a computer for a promising student $780 is a high speed internet connection for a year $250 is a year’s worth of online tutoring
NEWTOWN. Independent research shows getting a first Australian job significantly increases a person’s likelihood of future employability. With a lack of appropriate training, young refugee women in particular, struggle to acquire the skills and experience to help secure their future. This new migrant young women's retail training project will employ 4 young Western Sydney refugee women (aged 18-28) for a fixed-period of 6-months to learn invaluable customer-service and work-skills at The Social Outfit in Newtown. Designed to build both the social and economic participation of refugee young women, this paid work-experience, retail training pilot will help transition participants into future ongoing work. FUNDING TARGET $27,500 $4,820 pays for supported training with a qualified supervisor in a Retail Training program $199 is a week's paid work experience for a young woman from the refugee community $76 offers 1 hour of on-site specialised retail induction training for a young new migrant woman
WARWICK FARM. A powerful initiative for young girls, Strive has empowered over 100 at-risk girls since 2013 to make positive life choices. From families of intergenerational unemployment, the girls start to believe they don’t bring value to the outside world so "what's the point of trying". Pat Hall and staff at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections changes their mindset. Strive invites the girls on a journey to be the change in their community. To stand up to injustice, to take pride in hard work and to empower others to do the same. Designed to guide girls safely through Year 7-10, Strive is an opportunity to learn new skills like coding and self-defence, stay engaged with education and have fun. FUNDING TARGET $33,000 $1000 funds a new educational excursion experience for the girls $100 will supply equipment and resources to learn a new skill (eg. coding or self-defence) $50 will supply afternoon tea for 15 girls
LIVERPOOL. With ongoing SCF & SWF support, Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (LNC) has grown from one to five social enterprises, creating over 112 hours of work each week for disadvantaged women in Western Sydney. Almost $100,000 was paid in wages last year to local women. For women who have taken up the challenge to change their life by completing LNC offered TAFE classes, these scholarships help them take the next step into employment. LNC’s strong employment pathways break down barriers of disadvantage whether they be cultural, language based or financial. Alleviating financial stress for their families, the women take great joy and pride in the role model they become for their children. FUNDING TARGET $16,500 $8,250 provides one woman with part-time employment for 12 months $180 will employ a woman for a week $30 will employ a woman for an hour of paid work
LIVERPOOL. Now in its sixth year, the Women’s Micro Business Incubator will teach 10 financially excluded and marginalised women from the Liverpool area how to start their own business. Since 2013, the Micro-Business Incubator initiated by Sydney Women's Fund and run by Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, has supported 55 women and launched 16 small businesses with more in the pipeline. Graduates receive a $500 start-up grant and mentoring in the 10 week program and beyond. Offering a range of products and services, women can grow their business selling online and through markets. Participants can also sell their products at the LNC run social enterprise, ‘The Rising Collective’ boutique in the main street of Liverpool. FUNDING TARGET $11,000 $2,700 secures a professional business instructor for 60 hours $500 will provide one woman’s start-up grant $50 will support a woman with resources to participate
BANKSTOWN. Many people in the Bankstown community; refugees, single mums, and struggling parents are unable to provide for their children and are often isolated at home. Community Support Service Inc. offers local women sewing lessons to provide social contact, valuable life skills and support on all levels to improve their day to day lives. The classes offer a way for women to generate an income and financially support themselves and their families. They learn how to sew products in class, and gain skills in promoting and creating a small business for themselves in the future. Facilitated by a passionate designer, classes progress from beginner to advanced, one-off skill specific lessons, and expressive art classes for young people. FUNDING TARGET $5,500 $1000 will sponsor a student for 12 months learning $500 means struggling families can start their own business from home $100 helps supply resources for sewing like scissors, needles