These four outstanding organisations are our finalists for the 2019 grant round. Read more about this year’s focus area and grant criteria.

We look forward to hearing them pitch for the $100,000 at our final grant event on 11 April. If you can’t make the event, you can entrust your vote to a friend as a proxy, or vote absentee in advance. Please contact Jeremy Motbey for more information.

Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS)

The organisation

BYDS is a youth arts organisation providing local leadership, driving arts based initiatives that provide alternatives to violence. Using forum theatre in schools, stage based theatre productions, song and video they have touched the lives of most of Bankstown’s nearly 200,000 people over a 28-year life, creating a more thoughtful and inclusive community.

The project

BYDS is seeking $100,000 to scale and expand their RESPECT program. RESPECT focuses on educating boys and young men about the nature and causes of Domestic Violence and how they can lend their voices and lives to being active agents in preventing it. This primary school-based project utilises music making over a period of 10-12 weeks with highly trained facilitators to generate an original song that transforms young men into active agents of social change and role models in their schools.

Each program results in a professionally produced music video clip with boys rapping about how to live life free from domestic violence, encouraging other males to do the same through changing how boys and young men see gender inequality – the root cause of domestic and family violence. 

These original songs are performed live by the boys to great acclaim at conferences, schools, White Ribbon Day and other community events.

BYDS will use the Impact100 Sydney grant to create a sustainability package, ensuring RESPECT’s on-going life and to expand RESPECT programs beyond Bankstown to other areas of NSW.

The Deli Women and Children’s Centre

The organisation

The Deli Women and Children's Centre is a family support service, specialising in prevention programs and promoting the safety and wellbeing of women and children. They provide trauma specialist counselling, casework, groups and family support services to women and children, and training to organisations and the community.

The project

The Deli are seeking $100,000 to fund prevention, early intervention and crisis response activities tailored for young people at risk of harm, parents/carers of young people (under 25 years) and mothers with children affected by domestic violence. The project maximises engagement with vulnerable communities, delivered in local, accessible venues. Project activities will include tailored models of therapeutic work and casework, tailored creative group programs for parents, workshops involving mothers and their children, respectful relationship and communication workshops for young people, community forums and sector development training centred on empowering communities to prevent violence.

The Deli are partnering with three local councils and three local Youth Services and NGOs in delivering this project. Workers and community leaders will participate in the bystander education program MATE (Empowering Communities Preventing Violence), a Train the Trainer Program developed by Griffith University. In addition, facilitator training for workers will be offered in the Managing Angry Adolescents Differently (MAAD) and Renavigating Angry and Guilty Emotions (RAGE) courses.

This project addresses Domestic Violence from a regional perspective. By working collaboratively with these organisations and building a community of practice they believe they can create maximum impact and transformative change.

KYDS Youth Development Service (KYDS)

The organisation

KYDS was founded 15 years ago to address a spike in youth mental health concerns across the northern Sydney region. KYDS is dedicated to supporting young people to work through their mental health challenges and they do this by removing common barriers – including cost, stigma and accessibility – that prevent them from seeking help when they need it most. Young people can access KYDS for free, without a referral or mental health plan, and they will receive support from specialist clinicians at one of five sites for as long as they need it. To complement this mission, KYDS works alongside schools and partner organisations to deliver early intervention workshops, programs and presentations, with a view to increasing awareness, skills and knowledge around mental health.

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter (HKWS) was founded in 2016 to provide temporary accommodation to women in crisis situations such as domestic violence and/or homelessness.

The project

For the purpose of this project, KYDS and HKWS are collaborating and seeking $100,000 to deliver Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – an evidence based, behavioural and psychological change program – targeted at young people and their parents/carers who have been exposed to domestic violence.

This collaboration will also build new pathways for domestic violence survivors to access mental health counselling, connecting young people with specialist clinicians to work through and manage issues commonly triggered by exposure to violence, including PTSD, generalised trauma, anxiety, grief and depression.

Open Support

The organisation

Operating since 1990, Open Support is a small organisation addressing big social issues. Their mission is to address the unmet and changing needs of the most vulnerable in the community. Since 1995 their domestic and family violence service has supported over 1800 women and children escaping DFV. Through the provision of crisis accommodation and specialised support by experienced staff, they empower women and children to begin the process of healing.

The project

Open Support are seeking $100,000 to expand support to women on temporary visas who are escaping domestic and family violence. Because of their visa conditions, these women have no access to income or any government benefits and face long waiting periods while their immigration matters are resolved. There are currently very few services available to assist.

Through the development of a targeted and specific support pathway that includes assistance in navigating the immigration system, the provision of medium term housing and the delivery of ongoing culturally sensitive DFV care, these vulnerable families will be given an opportunity to build safe and independent futures for themselves. Once established, this program could be replicated across a range of settings to support even more people in need.