HUG Charity Foundation Inc. (Uganda)

Sewing and Knitting Programme Expansion
HUG Charity Foundation (HCF) is an Australian based not for profit organization that focuses on establishing sustainable partnerships between two different cultures and has been working side by side with communities surrounding Lubanda Village, in south western Uganda since 2008.

HCF currently have a very successful tailoring and knitting programme as part of the vocational studies at the Suubi Secondary School in Uganda. This programme  began in 2015, when the school first opened, with 2 sewing machines shared by 12 tailoring students and 1 knitting machine shared by 9 knitting students during that first year.

Knitting and tailoring students have been taught to make skirts, trousers, shirts and sweaters as part of these vocational classes. Among other practical, hands on learning initiatives, this also enables the students to produce the school uniforms for the following intake of students at Suubi SS.

SPELD NSW Inc

Assist with Responsive Website Costs
SPELD NSW provides support to children and adults with specific learning difficulties (like dyslexia) and who struggle to learn to read, spell, write and learn mathematics across NSW. As part of that, they support their families, teachers, tutors and schools.

SPELD NSW provide a free parent information and referral service, offer professional develop for teachers, provide information, support and resources for families, teachers and schools and offer psychological assessment of specific learning difficulties.

SPELD NSW applied to UCF for a grant to assist them to build a new mobile responsive website will help to amplify their impact and support children with learning difficulties who are at risk of school failure. Their current website is very dated, not sufficiently user friendly and has frequent technological issues.

Women’s Justice Network

Mentoring Programme
Women’s Justice Network works with women and girls affected by the criminal justice system, through a gender specific mentoring programme, where they train volunteer women mentors from the community and match them with women who are exiting custody, or girls involved in juvenile justice, to provide a non-judgmental relationship and practical support.

The mentoring programme  encourages women and girls to make choices for a better future and has shown great results in reducing the likelihood a woman/girl will return to custody, compared to the general female prison population.

The Abbeyfield Society Marion Inc

Health & Wellbeing Project – Sports Equipment
Originally established in 1990 Abbeyfield Marion provided supported independent living for 10 elderly persons who could no longer afford to rent in South Australia. The elderly residents moved out in 2009 and a disability house was established to accommodate young adults with mild intellectual disabilities.

Abbeyfield Marion is part of Abbeyfield Australia who are the peak national body representing and supporting 22 local Abbeyfield societies. An Abbeyfield House is a group house in which residents live independently within a shared supportive environment. An Abbeyfield House is a large house but it is not an institution or a facility. It is just an ordinary house in an ordinary street. The residents ‘come and go’ as they please, socialise with other residents as much as desired.

AusCam Freedom Project (Cambodia)

Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) Clubs
AusCam Freedom Project is a registered Australian charity that was founded in 2012 by Geoff and Julie Dowse, while they were living in Cambodia.

While spending their spare time with an orphanage where they formed relationships with 70 vulnerable children, they quickly discovered that these children were being exploited by the orphanage itself.

Tuberous Sclerosis Australia

“In Safe Hands” – Toolkit for Teachers
Tuberous Sclerosis Australia (TSA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to support people living with the rare genetic disease known as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). TSA has an almost 40-year history of helping children and families affected by this devastating disease.

TSC causes tumors to grow on a young person’s brain and heart, and then later in life in their lungs, skin and kidneys. TSC frequently causes difficult to control epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and a range of neuro-psychiatric disorders (including depression, anxiety and challenging behaviours). Every week in Australia one baby is born with TSC – there is currently no cure.

Riding for the Disabled Australia (Viewbank, Vic)

New refrigerator
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) has 38 centres in Victoria and Riding for the Disabled Viewbank (RDA Viewbank) is one of those centres.

They conduct horse riding lessons for people with disabilities (mainly children) which provides physical, intellectual and social stimulation. Coaches, together with volunteers run the centre and are responsible for tasks such as property maintenance, hay slashing and fencing together with the care and well-being of horses and ponies. RDA is totally self-funded and reliant upon fees from riding lessons and small community donations.

Impact Care and Compassion (Qld)

Commercial Freezer
Impact Care and Compassion (ICC) is based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane and has been operating for over 10 years.

As an agency for Foodbank distribution, ICC offer ongoing emergency food relief parcels to those in our community suffering financial hardship. These referrals come from the many networks ICC liaise with in the community such as: Centre for Domestic Violence, Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, Salvation Army Emergency Relief Network and Uniting Care.

Seacliff SLSC (SA)

Suneden Special School Project – an extension of “Beach Access for All”
The Seacliff SLSC Suneden Special School Project is an 8 week programme created and conducted in partnership with Suneden Special School (a former UCF grant recipient). The programme is tailored to the needs of participants and teaches beach safety and water awareness skills which have positive impacts that reach far beyond these activities. Now entering its 3rd year, Seacliff SLSC have revised and improved the programme to ensure the best outcomes possible for participants.

Aussie Books for Zim (Zimbabwe)

Rural School Library Setup
Aussie Books For Zim (ABZ) is an Australian registered charity with a vision of creating brighter futures through books. They collect new and gently used books mainly from Australia and ship them to Zimbabwe where they establish libraries in rural disadvantaged communities who previously had no access to books.

ABZ is all about sustainability and upcycling – turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure! So far ABZ have shipped 90,000 books to set up over 40 libraries.