Congratulations to our second round of 'stay connected' grant recipients!

Our second round of Community Grants in 2020 focused on supporting not for profit and community organisations to stay connected with their communities during Covid.

The grants will support organisations with projects such as keeping their communities connected during the COVID pandemic through events, workshops, remote digital solutions and upgraded, COVID safe facilities. 

Read about our first-round winners here

Missing School

More than 60,000 Aussie kids miss school each year because of serious illness and injury. Missing School is dedicated to solving the education gap and social isolation experienced by these kids.

Through their telepresence robot service, Missing School has helped reconnect an estimated 3140 classmates with over 100 seriously ill or injured students, and they have now secured approval to pilot this initiative for the first time in Tasmania.  

Telepresence robots live in the classrooms of sick kids, lets them dial in to see and hear their teachers and classmates, be seen and heard, and move their robot around. No longer isolated, they can connect to their teachers, peers, and school community, and take their lessons in real-time with their classmates.

The Aurora Energy Community Grant will help Missing School place their robots with sick students in Tasmania.

Find out more about the amazing work Missing School does here.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program, run by the Cancer Patients Foundation. It is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.

Women, men, and teens participate in workshop demonstrations that cover skincare, make-up, and headwear leaving them empowered and ready to face cancer with confidence.

These in-person workshops, Home Delivered Confidence Kits, and Virtual Workshops will be an important resource that will not only provide confidence and empowerment but also a smile to help improve a person’s mental and emotional health.

The Aurora Energy Community Grant will be put towards funding some of these workshops in Tasmania and/or providing at Home Delivered Confidence Kits and Virtual Workshops for those going through cancer treatment.   

Find out more about what Look Good Feel Better do here.

Launceston City Mission

Launceston City Mission has been supporting some of Northern Tasmania’s most vulnerable for over 165 years. They deliver a wide range of community service programs encompassing emergency relief, drug & alcohol rehabilitation, crisis accommodation support, youth programs and child trauma, and grief and loss support. 

Over the last 12-18 months, Mission Health (a collaboration between City Mission, UTAS School of Nursing, and community volunteer health professionals) has successfully trialed a free, drop-in medical service for Launceston's most vulnerable people. The service aims to provide free health care for people who may otherwise go without.

Launceston City Mission will use their Aurora Energy Grant to help refurbish the treatment rooms at Mission Health to make them fit for purpose so that clients can access free, safe, and trusted face to face medical services.

Find out more about the invaluable work Launceston City Mission do here.

Karadi Aboriginal Corporation 

Karadi is an inclusive Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation whose mission is to provide integrated health and family services that promote physical, cultural, social, and emotional wellbeing to the Aboriginal community of southern Tasmania.

For the last 3 years, Karadi has run the Blossoms Project which is aimed at youth who are at risk of disengaging with their education.

Students attend the Blossoms Project group as part of their education plans through their schools. There, they learn real skills associated with the hair and beauty industry, as well as build their knowledge around what is required in terms of employment, presentation, and professional etiquette.

With the help of the Aurora Energy Community Grant, Karadi will continue to run its Blossoms Project. 

Learn more about Karadi Aboriginal Corporation Organisation here.

KIDS Foundation 

The KIDS Foundation supports children who have experienced horrific injuries and trauma caused by burns, accidents, dog attacks, crime, neglect, abuse, and environmental events, and educates and empowers children to prevent them, reaching 400,000 children each year.

KIDS run Camp TANGO (Together Achieving New Goals and Opportunities) throughout Australia. Camp TANGO is an Injury and Trauma Recovery camp that supports children, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced severe burns, life-changing injury, and trauma.

Camp participants are paired with trained adult mentors/volunteers and the program is designed to assist these young people to discover their talents, achieve their goals, and experience new opportunities. The Camp provides a combination of enjoyable recreational activities, leadership, and educational opportunities in a fun environment, as well as social connection and crucial support to assist participants in developing their self-esteem, overall wellbeing, and confidence.

The Aurora Energy Community Grant will help KIDS host camp TANGO in Tasmania. 

Find out more about KIDS here