We're excited to share that the first Seedling Fund round in the Calderwood Valley community (NSW) will see three great community groups receiving a share of over $7,780. The three finalists were Albion Park Oak Flats Rugby Football Club, Family Services Illawarra and 1st Albion Park Scout Group. We're excited to tell you about our three recipients and the programs the Seedling Fund will help support.
ALBION PARK OAK FLATS RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB
Mental health program - Received $2,722
The Football Club is a small and very proud regional football club with a strong focus on community and the mental health and wellbeing of their players and supporters. Notably, the Club was the first official NRL State of Mind club. With a commitment to using the profile of the game and its players to contribute to the happiness and health of the community, funds raised will enable The Resilience Project to hold one of their Discovery Sessions for the club and the wider community. The sessions will teach positive mental health strategies by providing evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience.
FAMILY SERVICES ILLAWARRA
Park and Play sessions - Received $2,636
FSI are a vibrant service that supports children, young people and their families, helping to keep them safe, well, strong and connected. They know that play is fun for children, and it’s a great way for children to learn about the world and each other. Funds raised will be used to provide ten 2-hour Park and Play sessions over ten weeks. Park and Play is program that delivers free, fun, outdoor play activities in a public space, facilitated by trained staff who provide age appropriate fun activities for children 0 to 5 years, their parents and carers.
1ST ALBION PARK SCOUT GROUP
Showground Scout Hall - $2,422
1st Albion Park Scout Group is proud to run a fun, creative and innovative programs for the local youth aged from 6 to 26. The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system. Members attend weekly meetings, outings, camps and activities where they taught teamwork, leadership and acceptance skills. They also learn about environmental issues, camping and bushman know-how, first aid and survival education, anti-bulling techniques and much more. The Scout group is based at the Albion Park Showground Scout Hall, where funding will be of great benefit in allowing some maintenance work on the hall.
ABOUT THE SEEDLING FUND
The Seedling Fund is a community-led grant initiative we deliver alongside our Sprout Hub projects. It works by redistributing 10% of Sprout Hub cafe revenue and contributions from project partners back to community groups and clubs who are establishing themselves in the area. Funds are distributed in a process similar to crowd funding, whereby the community votes (online or physically) to decide how the funds are spent. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development. It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making. So far the fund has raised over $49,000 for local groups in the communities of Alkimos Beach (WA), Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW), demonstrating a high rate of participation and engagement in the new community