Small Grants Program Recipients Announced
“The inaugural recipients of the Nutrition Plus “Small Grant program” have been released. The following organisations and projects were successful:”
Nutrition Plus is excited in building ongoing relationships with the small grants recipients to address disadvantage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the broader community.
DJIYAGAN DHANBAAN STRONG SISTER – WOMEN’S FESTIVAL
To support the establishment of a women’s cultural and wellbeing festival in Taree (Biripai Country). The festival will include creating a safe, caring and welcoming environment which encourages and supports women (all ages) in their personal growth. The festival will include dance, weaving and a feel-good look-good program. Nutrition Plus is proud to support the inaugural event
REACH HOMELESS SERVICES – NIGHT PATROL
Founded in 2014, and with around 20 volunteers, REACH Homeless Services supplies food, clothing, weekend food packs, hygiene kits, referrals to other services, health care checks, and blankets to the homeless (primarily rough sleepers) and other needy individuals and families.
CENTRE FOR HOPE – DROP IN CENTRE
The Drop-In Centre was established to provide a safe space for young people aged 6-16 years, to improve understanding of the underlying causes of escalating antisocial behaviours, and to provide support and intervention for young people and families.
Indigenous young people, parents and community members have supported the creation of the Drop-In Centre.
GREAT LAKES COLLEGE – KOORI GIRLS AND BOYS CULTURE GROUP
The Culture Group’s main objectives is to help the students gain respect for themselves and others, complete their education to the highest levels, know their Aboriginal heritage and culture and stories and involve the Aboriginal Parents, Elders and Community in engaging and being involved within the school.
AECOM Reconciliation Action Plan Launch
On Monday 20th March, Louise Ormerod and David Newham visited AECOM at their local Warabrook Office. AECOM is an environmental engineering firm with offices around Australia and the World.
AECOM are launching their updated Reconciliation Action Plan this week which includes strategies and actions to increase the levels of employment of Indigenous people in their business.
AECOM also undertakes meaningful local and national charity work as prioritized by their own staff. Nutrition Plus was an invited guest to speak about our work and the importance of actively participating in Reconciliation.
During today’s event, Nutrition Plus Community Engagement Manager David Newham performed a traditional smoking ceremony which was followed by a presentation by our CEO and Founder Dr Louise Ormerod and a beautiful bush-tucker inspired morning tea prepared by Stephanie Callaghan from Buurdja Marrung bush-tucker Specialists Catering & Education.
Well done AECOM – it is a pleasure to connect and continue to build our relationship with another company whose values and actions speak volumes of their commitment to indigenous reconciliation and closing the gap.
Nathan Brennan: New Nutrition Plus Project Manager
The Nutrition Plus Board would like to welcome Nathan Brennan to the team in the new role of part time Project Manager. Nathan is studying a double degree in Social Science/Law and Human Rights at the University of Newcastle and has extensive experience working in the tertiary education sector and roles in local and State government.
As a proud Aboriginal man he has worked predominantly with and in support of the local Aboriginal community and is passionate about both Nutrition Plus and Juice Plus. We are blessed to have his level of skill and enthusiasm for both our board and various projects. Nathan will be a great asset in addition to the Community Engagement Manager, David Newham, in the delivery of our fantastic programs/projects and the holistic nature of the work we undertake.
10 Million Meal Program
The 10 Million Meals program has been an amazing success already, it has taken off since it commenced in July 2016. Shortly after commencing our first projects, we set a goal of distributing 10,000 Meals to disadvantaged children and youth or homeless people in our first year, with our progress so far exceeding 6,000 meals. We should all be proud of this fabulous achievement thus far.
This program works with 4 PCYC Centres, and presently at 2 venues that supply meals to disadvantaged people, many of which are children, on a daily basis. These two organisations are the Centre for Hope in Mount Hutton, NSW and our newest program, held at the On the Edge Café in Beenleigh QLD.
Individuals that are keen to get involved or have a relationship with similar facilities and organisations are encouraged to contact Dr Louise Ormerod at our Head Office 02 4963 0000 or David Newham, Community Engagement Manager firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an application form.