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Commonwealth Bank awards Wesley Mission with three community grants

10 October 2017 Wesley Mission news

Wesley Mission staff accept Commonwealth Bank grants.Thanks to Commonwealth Bank, Wesley Mission will be able to support more young people through their community services.

Wesley Mission was recently awarded a Commonwealth Bank community grant to support the work of Wesley Aunties & Uncles, a program that connects children, aged three to 12 with a volunteer ‘aunt’ and ‘uncle’ mentor. A grant of almost $30,000 was given towards increasing mentoring support for children who come from challenging circumstances across a three-year period. This grant will enable Wesley Aunties & Uncles to provide mentors for nine children living on the Central Coast of NSW.

Another grant of almost $30,000 was given to support a new program to develop youth leaders in Sydney’s western suburbs. The funds will go towards running youth conferences called Future Leaders U and Me (FLUME). Over three years, one-day workshops, targeted at year nine and ten students will be held in high schools in Mount Druitt, Penrith, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains region. The workshops will focus on developing young people into community leaders, by providing interactive activities that promote healthy choices, strong mental health, positive relationships and motivation.

Overall 1,200 young people will take part and be given access to information and support to help them address challenges around engagement, leadership and wellbeing. Six young people, who are already supported by Wesley Mission, will also be given the opportunity to help plan and deliver these workshops. 

A third grant of over $26,000 is going towards running programs that use the creative arts to help young people who are struggling to transition from primary school to high school, or have poor school engagement. The grant will fund DRUMBEAT workshops, which operate for six weeks and use rhythm to build resilience, address social issues and create community. ACT OUT, a five-week course, which uses therapeutic drama to focus on relationships, identity, bullying and families, is also being funded by the grant. The funding will last for three years and see 132 students from years six to eight participate across these two courses.