Why host The Without Borders Social Impact Forum?
There are many organisations around who have amazing goals and great social responsibility programs. It’s not only important to recognise those who are making great progress but it’s also important to have a space where all these organisations can share their knowledge and improve from each other’s experience.
Corporate Social Responsibility doesn’t only exist to improve the work environment or the bottom line though, It’s about shaping the world into a place where everyone can live comfortably. A world where everyone can have a good future, something to look forward to, and to live in peace.
Below are a number of projects and organisations that are doing great work to assist various communities around the globe. These projects will receive surplus funding raised through the Without Borders Social Impact Forum. Your sponsorship and tickets sales will have a direct impact on these communities as we will be donating as much funding as possible to each project.
We hope to raise enough funds to help these groups make a real difference, because that’s why we do it.
The Young Mob Leaders Program aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s confidence and engagement with their culture, communities and the world. It provides leadership development opportunities for Indigenous youth, building resilience, life skills and reinforcing cultural knowledge systems within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Now in a new phase, the Young Mob Leaders Program has developed its curriculum and extra-curricular activities to span a greater age range and extend its reach to more young people in ways that are meaningful and effective. For example:
Program activities are run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
We are training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander facilitators to work with Aboriginal youth.
We are providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth with opportunities to connect to culture and gain employment.
Young people previously disengaged from their education are growing their confidence, resilience and life skills, and transforming their self-identity.
Estimated project length: May 2012 – September 2018
Kids Under Cover, founded 1989
Kids Under Cover is a not for profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
They are the only organisation in Australia offering young people the unique combination of supported housing options with scholarships for education expenses to keep young people engaged with the community.
At the centre of the work is the Kids Under Cover Studio Program. The program provides temporary, responsive accommodation to those experiencing difficult living conditions due to trauma combined with severe overcrowding by offering one or two bedroom, fully relocatable studios with bathroom, constructed on the grounds of the family/carer’s home. Studios can last for 20 years and will support up to five worthy families in their lifetime.
The studios provide physical and emotional space for all family members. The program reduces tension and conflict, improves relationships, and gives young people the space to make good choices.
The Scholarship program is used to financially assist young people who have the passion and the motivation to go on to higher education but do not have the resources. Without the restraints of educational fees and associated costs, the students will be free to focus on achieving great personal results.
The Kids Under Cover Studio Program, complemented with scholarships has proven to be a simple yet effective approach to the long-term prevention of youth homelessness.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. Headspace undertakes a range of activities to increase the awareness of our services and how to access them among young people, their families, friends and the broader community.
McAuley Community Services for Women
McAuley Community Services for Women, a ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, provides accommodation, support and advocacy for women and their children who are homeless, primarily as a result of family violence or mental illness.
We currently support around 650 women and children each year through our wrap-around accommodation and support. We are Victoria’s largest women only integrated family violence and homelessness services, welcoming women every day, at any hour of the day or night into safety.
Through its services, we are committed to advocate for a better, safer and more just society.
We have three programs for women and their children to help them rebuild their lives
McAuley House, which provides welcoming 24/7 accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and supports them on their journey towards independence
McAuley Care, which provides 24 -hour crisis accommodation as well as refuges for women and their children escaping family violence; and
McAuley Works employment program, which helps women to secure meaningful employment, increases their ability to support themselves financially and raises employer awareness of the impact of family violence in the workplace (this is currently awaiting funding.)
At Make-A-Wish Australia, our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish wishes can make a positive difference to a child’s mental and emotional health, and help increase their strength and willingness to overcome their condition.
We believe in the healing power of a wish. Make-A-Wish Australia wishes give seriously ill children hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience.
With a healing power that goes beyond medicine alone, Make-A-Wish wishes are an essential complement to a child’s medical treatment. There are thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses who would benefit from the healing power of a wish, so we work hard to grant more and more each year.