We select our charitable partnerships very carefully and offer a sustained level of funding over the long term to ensure we’re investing in a way that really makes a difference.
When assessing organisations, we primarily consider their concept and potential impact. We don’t dwell on any shortfalls in capacity, skills or capability, which we aim to overcome through our long-term assistance.
Our support is not always passive; we look to use the skills and experience of our Board members to assist the charities that we support.
It’s so important at Sheargold Foundation to see the programs we support firsthand. The other week I was able to observe a @deltatherapydogs Classroom canine visit with the incredible David & Mindy (therapy team) at a Sydney School. This visit reiterated the importance of therapy dogs and the impact they have on those they visit. Through Mindy’s calm nature she helped the children to break down their barriers, build connections, and brought a sense of calm greatly needed 🐾🐾🐾
We are incredibly proud of continuing to support the PeerChat program by @reachout_aus ReachOut is a leading online mental health service in Australia supporting young people and their families during tough times. The PeerChat program provides young Australians with the opportunity to book in a session via the ReachOut website to talk with a peer worker who has experience with mental health challenges and to use this experience to support others. The Sheargold Foundations grant contributes to the cost of a part time PeerChat worker. This support enables ReachOut to facilitate 1000 PeerChat sessions over a 12-month period. With mental health at an all time high for our young people, this program provides an important platform assisting young Australians to overcome mental health challenges. ReachOut Australia
The Sheargold Foundation is incredibly proud to be supporting @alnf_ The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation. ALNF is a national charity assisting children in our most marginalised communities to gain vital language, literacy and communication skills. ALNF’s specialised and innovative programs address the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities, specifically targeting First Nations, refugee and other vulnerable Australians. The Sheargold Foundation’s grant assists with the Breakfast Library program, that supports children by supplying them with a regular, healthy breakfast to enhance health and wellbeing, whilst boosting literacy development by gifting each child with a brand new and engaging book to collect and keep every fortnight. - The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF)
The Sheargold Foundation is incredibly proud to be working with our new grantee @braillehouse Braille House is a free lending library and braille transcribing organisation that transforms text materials into alternate tactile formats, including braille and e-braille, as well as maps and other accessible formats such as large print. Beyond books, Braille House is experienced in the provision of other tactile resources such as menus, health information, tactile QR code indicators, maps and models, emergency evacuation information packs and local neighbourhood watch newsletters. Braille House’s focus is ‘Narrowing the Great Divide’ in literature availability for young braille readers. For every 100 books a sighted child has access to, a blind child only has access to five. Children who are blind or have low vision deserve to have the same access to quality literature as their peers. We need to reduce the great divide in resources. The Sheargold grant will assist in ‘Narrowing the Great Divide’ in literature availability. We look forward to sharing further updates from Braille House.