Vital support for community organisations

IN recognition of their work helping to improve the quality of life for those who are experiencing disadvantage, local community organisations R U OK? and Hamlet Inc. have each been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Westpac Foundation Community Grants program.

This year, the Westpac Foundation Community Grants program saw a total of $40,000 awarded to four Tasmanian organisations that took a fresh approach to addressing social problems.

Since 2012, the program has provided more than $103,000 to Tasmanian not-for-profits who are making a difference to their local communities.

R U OK? contributes to the Tasmanian community by inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them.

Overall, the organisation supports anyone struggling with life, in all states and territories in Australia, by strengthening informal community care.

“Storytelling through meaningful content is a strong pillar of R U OK?’s health promotion activity,” R U OK? chief executive officer Brendan Maher said.

“This grant will help drive a local initiative that will bring together some diverse content through the power of film.”

The programs run by Hamlet Inc. – which is located in Hobart – provide work experience and training opportunities for individuals experiencing social, cultural or language barriers to employment.

Hamlet Inc. general manager Emily Briffa said the organisation was “thrilled” to receive the 2017 Westpac Foundation Community Grant.

“The grant will help us to continue providing supportive work-experience placements to individuals within the community who face significant barriers to employment so they can build skills and confidence and move into the workforce,” she said.

Westpac regional general manager Justin Caccavo said the increase in this year’s grant funding showed Westpac’s commitment to support all Australians and not-for-profit organisations who were addressing social issues in their local community.

“For the past 200-years we have helped Australia to prosper and grow and we remain committed to supporting not-for-profit organisations that work tirelessly to address social and economic disadvantage in our local community,” he said.

“We are thrilled that R U OK? and Hamlet Inc. will be able to continue their great work, which will benefit our region.”

In addition, R U OK? and Hamlet Inc. will also receive non-financial support from Westpac Group employees, acting as Community Grants Ambassadors.

For the full list of grant recipients, visit westpac.com.au/grants.

Caption: Hamlet Inc. was among four Tasmanian not-for-profit organisations to receive funding through the Westpac Foundation Community Grants program. Photo credit – Adam Gibson.