Save our Socks not-for-profit beneficiaries
- funded and built by the Port Macquarie Hastings community
- provides a safe, caring place for those afflicted by mental illness
- has 300 members who interact with their peers, undertake vocational study, build their confidence and develop their social skills with the aim of gaining employment or contributing in other ways to their community.
- experiencing a 50% cut in funding from the Mid North Coast Local Health District
- this source of funding will cease altogether on 31 December 2021 despite Endeavour exceeding all its agreed Key Performance Indicators
- The change is due to a NSW Health policy shift about how Local Health Districts can fund non-government organisations.
- coronavirus restrictions have significantly reduced Endeavour’s ability to conduct fundraising events e.g. its 2020 Christmas Fair which usually raises about $18,000.
- these restrictions have also caused great concern for people with mental health issues and resulted in a large increase in the number of people engaging in services provided by Endeavour.
Read more at www.endeavourclubhouse.com.au
- a specialist youth homelessness service for the Port Macquarie and Kempsey areas (ranked the 4th most disadvantaged community in NSW)
- serves children and young people aged 12 to 25 years
- supports about 300 young people per year
- provides crisis and transitional housing, early intervention and prevention, skill development and capacity building activities
- planning a small scale housing development on land at Wauchope after necessary renovations to the existing old house – cost is about $25,000
Read more at www.yps.org.au
- supports serving and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families who have been adversely affected by their service
- assists those veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life on completion of their service
- operates across Australia with centres in our capital cities and offices in three regional centres including Port Macquarie
- has suffered significant loss of income due to coronavirus – many major fundraising events cancelled and overall giving has decreased
- the Programs Officer part-time position in Port Macquarie is locally funded – salary and ongoing activities cost $56,000 p.a.
- plans to expand the range of activities offered will cost a further $20,000 p.a.
Read more at www.soldieron.org.au
- provides young people with financial and moral support to achieve their education, training and career plans
- since 2012, HEF has distributed more than $475,000 to 219 young people starting their post-school education
- funds are raised mainly through local sponsorships, donations and fundraising events
- offers cash grants from $1,000 to $5,000 for use during students’ first year
- grants are used for relocation and accommodation costs, for textbooks, a computer or course-related costs
- coronavirus forced the cancellation of the annual golf fundraiser and raffle
- some businesses affected by drought, bushfire and/or coronavirus have had to suspend their annual sponsorships
Read more at www.cef.org.au