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Give500 Collective Giving Program 2022 Winners

Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Albury
Social Connections through Play Project
Winner $18,000 2022 Give500 Grant

PCYC NSW is a registered charity, whose mission is to empower young people to reach their potential through Police and community partnerships. PCYC provides quality activities and programs in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  Their work with at-risk youth to break the cycle of disadvantage through crime prevention, vocational education, youth capacity building and social responsibility programs to change the life outcomes of over 1500+ youth per year.

This project is to build social connections and encourage physical activity/gross motor skill development, PCYC Albury will run kindy gym sessions three times per week over a year period. The program will be offered free of charge to assist families experience socio-economic hardship. Attending one session per week, over a forty week period, PCYC anticipates 60+ benefit from this program with most attending multiple terms.

Body Confident Collective
Embrace Albury Wodonga
Winner $4,000 2022 Give500 Grant

The Body Confident Collective is a health promotion charity and body image research- translation organisation, on a mission to ensure no one is held back by their beliefs about their body.

The Embrace AW Youth Activation Project will involve connecting young regional people and empowering them to tackle body image issues in the ways that matter to them. 100 young people from communities across AW and surrounds, and 25 key stakeholders from school, sport, and community organisations will spread the Embrace message across the AW region- attending a Youth Summit, implementing their own change project, and receiving online mentoring for the 6-month duration of the program. Together they will create change that can improve the resilience of young people to appearance pressure and enhance their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Petaurus Education Group
Sisters Who Shine Project
Winner $4,000 2022 Give500 Grant

Petaurus Education Group Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and develops programs that connect individuals with nature, culture, sustainability and their local community. By partnering with local community groups and government stakeholders they can plan and deliver innovative and specialised programs that increase the participation and engagement of individuals in the community in an accessible and inclusive way.

Sisters who SHINE aims to inspire young girls, the next generation of Border women, to reach for the stars, showing them how they can achieve their goals while encouraging them to support each other as they pursue the career and life they wish to lead. Their vision for Sisters who SHINE is a future where all young girls are knowledgeable, healthy and empowered, with activities aligned to the themes Science, Heritage, Innovation, Nature and Empowerment.

Give500 Collective Giving Program 2021 Winners

Junction Support Services
Therapy Dog Program
Winner $15,000 2021 Give500 Grant

Junction Support Services (Junction) has been changing lives for more than 30 years. They are an award winning not-for-profit organisation, providing children, Youth, Family services, Junction’s mission is to support individuals and families to achieve their full potential. Junction has 38 programs, employs over 200 staff and 40 volunteers. Junction provides services in homelessness, family violence and youth support including operating residential care houses and a youth refuge.

This project was to purchase and train a therapy dog for use in their residential and counselling services to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes whilst fostering a sense of connection for many vulnerable and disconnected children, youth and adults. Learn more about Junction Support 

Survivors of Suicide & Friends
Solstice the Documentary
Winner $2,500 2021 Give500 Grant

Survivors of Suicide and Friends is a for-purpose, registered, incorporated entity established in 2013. Their central focus lies in facilitating the annual Winter Solstice event which aims to raise awareness and support around suicide prevention and mental health. All members of the community are targeted beneficiaries, and since our inaugural event in 2013, the participation rate, dynamics and national recognition has grown.

Solstice the Documentary is a bold, grassroots documentary gathering voice that have been raised to unite, challenge and change how we respond to our collective mental health crisis now and into the future.

Aspect Riverina School
Resilience on the Spectrum
Winner $2,500 2021 Give500 Grant

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) provides services and support to people on the autism spectrum of all ages including autism specific education through our Aspect Riverina School in Albury. Next to education, their services include diagnostic assessments, early years support, therapy, employment support, a life skill program for Autistic adults with complex support needs, research and autism friendly and inclusive initiatives in collaboration with corporate, cultural and sporting institutions. The goal is to roll out a health and wellbeing program at our Aspect Riverina School which includes the provision of a range of different workshops through external facilitators. The program will focus on nutrition, healthy eating and meal preparation, physical exercise as well as resilience and positivity.