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Announcing our 2019 Jemena Community Grants winners

What’s important to the people who live and work in our local communities is important to us. This year we were delighted to launch the Jemena Community Grants Program; supporting community groups, charities, schools and not-for-profits to make a real difference for those in their – and our – local areas across NSW & VIC. Congratulations to all our 2019 Community Grants winners!

New South Wales

Sailors with DisABILITIES

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For 24 years, Sailors with disABILITIES has used the art of sailing as a medium to create positive change for over 44,000 children, youth and adults with a disability or disadvantage. With the help of skilled volunteers and a fleet of specially adapted yachts, their ‘Winds of Joy’ sailing program offers people the opportunity to experience life on the water, learn new skills and celebrate their abilities.

We’re delighted to support 30 deserving young people to enjoy a Winds Of Joy sailing day in Sydney.

Paint the Town REaD

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Paint the Town REaD is an early literacy movement dedicated to ensuring all Australian children start school ready to learn, with community reading groups across Australia. In early 2019 the team held a relay across Australia, visiting 90+ local communities – from regional to urban, big and small – sharing the joy of reading to kids from birth.

We're delighted to help support the production of a special book, telling the story of the relay and celebrating families and communities along the way.

Marathon Health

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Marathon Health is a not-for-profit, registered charity delivering high quality health and wellbeing services to people in country NSW and the ACT. They’re the largest provider of headspace services nationally, and the largest employer of allied health staff in Western NSW. In Bathurst, their Indigenous Chronic Disease Clinic serves as a culturally appropriate and accessible, one-stop shop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health needs.

We're delighted to support delivery of their Cook Smart program; helping Bathurst clients to learn more about healthy eating, practice new cooking skills and improve not only their health, but the health outcomes of their community.

House to Grow

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House to Grow is a Sydney-based charity who offer a range of programs supporting children and women facing challenging circumstances, as well as education courses for organisations, community groups and people in need. Their Building Emotionally Intelligent Communities program aims to arm volunteers working at registered charities and community organisations in select areas with the knowledge to further build their intercultural understanding and client wellbeing support skills.

We're delighted to help support the development of this program.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

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Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest education service provider for people on the autism spectrum. With nine independent schools across Australia and 111 satellite classes they educate and empower around 1,160 children every year.

In 2020, we’re delighted to support students at their Aspect South East Sydney School to enjoy a range of incursions – from indigenous cultural experiences to science workshops and more – in a supportive environment.

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Happiness Habits is a non-profit organisation that seeks to enable women living in the NSW Central Coast region to achieve lasting self-reliance through lifelong education, social engagement, one-on-one mentoring and finding employment or purpose in life.

We're delighted to help support their volunteer mentor training program – providing mentors with essential skills to help clients feel empowered and seek education and employment opportunities.

St Ives Preschool

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St Ives Preschool is a community based organisation that has been operating for 58 years, providing quality preschool programs for over 80 children each year. With a strong focus on inclusion and sustainability, they support families from diverse backgrounds and help educate kids in activities such as recycling, composting and growing food.

We're delighted to support the Preschool to install new, energy efficient lighting for their classrooms.

Victoria

Orange Sky Australia

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Orange Sky Australia bring a sense of dignity and connection to some of the 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness each year by providing free, regular mobile laundry and shower services at 250+ locations in every State and Territory.

We’re delighted to support Orange Sky to operate ‘Jelley Fish’, their dedicated free laundry service for those doing it tough in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs.

Hume Men's Shed Craigieburn

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Hume Men's Shed Craigieburn is a community based organisation supporting men of all ages and backgrounds within the city of Hume. As an important community hub it serves as a general meeting place, conduit for members to make new friends, discuss life and learn and pass on practical skills and knowledge.

We're delighted to help members purchase a new metal workshop and tools to explore and build new skills and projects.

Westmeadows Indigenous Community Garden

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Open to all local residents, Westmeadows Indigenous Community Garden is managed by members who take great pride in supporting a sense of friendship, belonging and inclusion in all activities, from working bees to community barbeques and gardening lessons.

We're delighted to support the purchase of extra garden supplies so members and the community can reap even greater rewards from the garden.

Bolton Clarke

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Since its beginnings in 1885, Bolton Clarke (formerly Royal District Nursing Service and RSL Care) has been providing vital health and aged care services to countless Australians. Their 'Be Healthy and Active' program provides free, practical sessions for older people on a range of topics.

We’re delighted to sponsor their latest series of ‘CPR and defibrillation’ classes for residents across northern Melbourne.

Bellfield Community Garden

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Bellfield Community Garden is a fruit and vegetable garden open to community members and groups wanting to engage in and learn about sustainable gardening practices. Run by volunteers, it hosts regular social events, workshops and working bees.

We're delighted to help members purchase new water-saving garden beds and other materials.