Several charities have received funding from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to proceed with projects that will address specific community hardship, as a result of COVID-19, on the Mid North Coast.
Mackillop Family Services, Little Wings, National Stroke Foundation, KIDS Foundation, Musicians Making a Difference and Life Education NSW have received a combined $94,700 to drive community-led recovery through the pandemic through initiatives that address disadvantages in health, social well-being and young people.
Mackillop Family Services will use $50,000 to expand and adapt its Seasons for Growth trauma program, which will provide emotional and well-being support to more than 700 young people across the Mid North Coast.
With $16,500, Little Wings will fly specialist doctors from John Hunter Hospital to Mid North Coast communities and provide seriously ill children with access to the treatment.
National Stroke Foundation will use $10,000 to deliver 'StrokeLine Outreach', a vital new service that will integrate and connect stroke survivors with existing services and supports so they can remain safe and navigate their recovery.
KIDS Foundation will use $7,500 to provide children with an essential health education resource to help them understand their role in keeping themselves and others germ free.
With $8,000, Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) will create a new online youth centre which aims to educate, empower and inspire young people who have experienced trauma or disadvantage and to break negative cycles through the power of music.
Life Education NSW will deliver a new Auslan translated online health education series to special needs schools, enabling more children, no matter their location or personal circumstances, to have the same access to health education during and beyond COVID-19 with $2,700.
Many charities were forced to cease or adapt community outreach and fundraising operations due to the pandemic.
Foundation chair Jennifer Leslie said the board was committed to supporting existing charity partners, many still working through the impacts of significant loss of fundraising income and restrictions to service delivery as a result of the pandemic.
"Our charity partners have always been there when needed most by our community," Jennifer said.
"It is a great honour to be able to bring this funding forward and grant it today to enable our partners to continue their great work."
The projects are expected to launch in the coming months.
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