Centenary Grant Supports Vulnerable Gold Coast Families

3 July 2018






Families on the Gold Coast are now able to access additional support programs after Act for Kids successfully secured a Centenary Grant for their Gold Coast centres.

Last year, CommBank Foundation, in partnership with Commonwealth Bank, created the opportunity to gift over 1,000 not-for-profits or charitable organisations across Australia with a $10,000 grant, and Act for Kids’ Gold Cost centres were lucky enough to receive one!

Act for Kids Intensive Family Support Program Manager, Deb Olsen, said the funding has provided Act for Kids on the Gold Coast with the opportunity to run grass roots, community-based programs for vulnerable families.

“This grant has given us the opportunity to run and develop four of our programs, including a Women’s Wellness Group for mothers and their children, many of who have experienced domestic and family violence.

“This group helps women build self-esteem, feel empowered and become strong role models for their children,” she said.

As well as the Women’s Wellness Group, the funds from the grant will go towards delivering three other programs on the Gold Coast, including:

  1. Girls YAP (Youth Activity Program) – An early intervention program targeting girls who are at risk of, or who have experienced neglect and/or abuse. The three-day program operates in the school holidays and focuses on building self-esteem and connectedness within these young women.
  2. Parenting Group Support – Programs include Circle of Security which runs for 8 weeks, 123 Magic and Triple P.
  3. Life Skills Education – A program teaching basic life skill education around parenting, including cooking, routine, child nutrition, household maintenance and more!