In 2007, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant towards the eventual construction of Stage Two of Gippsland Rotary Centenary House at Traralgon.
Centenary House is a community owned facility that provides safe, supportive and affordable accommodation to patients / families of the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at the Latrobe Regional Hospital.
The House contains 17 motel style guest rooms with full communal facilities including kitchens, dining rooms, lounges, laundries as well as outdoor relaxing areas.
Patients using the facility are subsidised during their stay making the cost of accommodation affordable for everyone.
Guests come from all across Gippsland with most staying 6 weeks during radiotherapy.
Construction commenced on the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School in July 2015.
Melbourne Indigenous Transition School is establishing a residential transition school in Richmond, Melbourne for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities. Each year from 2016, up to 20 boys and girls around Year 7 age will attend MITS, transitioning into life in Melbourne.At the end of their MITS year, students will progress to scholarship positions at one of 20 Melbourne Partner Schools.
In 2015, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant towards the development of a new curriculum to enable MITS to accelerate its students’ learning through their transition year, facilitating attendance at Partner Schools by year’s end.
Children from Sacred Heart Primary School, Fitzroy learn cello or violin under guidance from Ardoch volunteers to help with motivation.
Ardoch’s Harmony in Strings’ program engages disadvantaged students from refugee/migrant backgrounds at Sacred Heart School who struggle with classroom learning. All Year 3/4/5 students learn the cello or violin in small groups, after school music club and practice sessions, supported by Ardoch volunteers. This develops concentration, learning skills, motivation and problem solving.
Outcomes are assessed through measurement of children’s musical ability, engagement and skills development by the Teaching Artists. Through termly student reports that highlight achievements, we communicate with parents about their child’s involvement. The reports are also used to assess the impact of the program on overall learning skills and engagement.
Harmony in Strings helps disadvantaged students from migrant/refugee backgrounds to settle in the community and build their resilience and aspiration with long-term benefits for students of increased educational and engagement outcomes.
Helping Hoops takes the sport of basketball and uses it as a vehicle for connecting kids, who need a little help, with fantastic role models and coaches who can put them on the right path. The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant to enable Helping Hoops to keep the program at Dandenong where the kids who come are from many different ethnic backgrounds.
EO Tanya Costello visited CLRS this year and joined CEO Susannah Barry at the Minor Street Project.
Community Living & Respite Services was established in 1979 by the local Echuca community to provide respite for parents caring for children with disabilities. The organisation has expanded to assist families and people of all ages with disabilities in the region. CLRS provides respite, supported accommodation, before and after school care, holiday programs, attendant care and various individually tailored programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
In response to service user feedback and strategic planning by the Board, CLRS purchased a property located at Minor St, Echuca in 2011. A new purpose built home was built to provide supported accommodation for people with a disability. The home includes two transitional units that will allow occupants to develop independent living skills in a safe and secure environment. When they are ready, the occupants will then be able to move into the private rental market and other persons with a disability will be able to access the transitional units.
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation’s Executive Officer congratulates a student
VICSEG was established in 1981 as a cooperative of ethnic organisations north and west of Melbourne to support young people disadvantaged by high levels of unemployment, poverty and social isolation, exacerbated by poor access to transport, suitable housing and culturally responsive community services.
In 2014 it launched a scholarship program in Melton to assist South Sudanese secondary students.
Participants in the Cooking for Health Program
In 2013, the Foundation made a grant to St Mary’s House of Welcome’s Cooking for Health Program. The Program provided participants with a collection of basic recipes and lessons on how to cook all the included recipes. The Cooking For Health Program offered support and hope to the disadvantaged people who joined in.
Hiking for higher education
Children & Youth grants were made in each of 2011. 2012 and 2013 to Anglicare Victoria to assist them draw together a network of over 50 Grampians Region, Ballarat and Melbourne based educational, arts, sporting, music and community organisations to implement a coordinated, holistic response to the low aspirations of the young people in Ararat.
The Making Ararat A+ program focuses on students from Grade 5 to year 12. It helps them find their passions, engages them in learning and inspires them to take control of their own futures. Now in its third year, the program already has an impressive record in helping schools to increase student attendance and retention rates. The number of Ararat College Year 12 completers moving on to further study or meaningful full-time work has also risen significantly in the past two years.