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Long Table Christmas Feast at HOPE Community Centre with Bankwest Volunteers.

Hurray, the festive feels are here! 🎄

It’s the date in the calendar we all look forward to at United Way WA, our annual long table lunch for the guests at HOPE Inc Community Centre 🥰
The hall was decked, the holly was hung and carols were aplenty!
Thank you to the epic volunteer crew from Bankwest, together we provided 95 guests who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity with a three-course, sit-down feast with their friends.
For some will be their only Christmas celebration for the year.
It’s a beautiful event with everyone receiving a gift each, table service from the wonderful volunteers, and a chance to relax in the cool of the HOPE Hall.
Thank you to everyone who made the day so special, it was a big push, but we all agreed it was well worth the effort 😊
HOPE Community Centre provide services to people struggling with food insecurity and homelessness.
They are open every Tuesday and Friday 10am-4pm to people in need, giving access to free second-hand clothes, shoes, books and kids toys. There’s also computer facilities, internet and a safe and comfortable place to enjoy a meal, socialise and find help with all kinds of issues.
Every third Tuesday of the month, HOPE, United Way WA, and Bankwest work together to provide a sit-down, two-course lunch for 150 people. It’s a truly heart-warming experience to prepare and serve such healthy, wholesome food to people in need and work with these amazing teams!

Give the Gift of Reading // United Way WA partnering with Earbus Foundation for change this Christmas.

A child’s learning is majorly influenced in the first five years of their life, making early literacy vital for a child’s success at school and into their future.

United Way WA supports a range of programs that get books and reading aids into the hands of children and their families or carers, with the aim of making reading fun from day one.

Disadvantaged children hear 30 million LESS words between the ages of 0-5!

Our mission is to empower families to have fun with reading, making it a habit in the home, and most of all, easy to access. For this campaign, we are focused on remote regions of W.A in the East Pilbarra: Warralong and Strelley, who have limited access to many resources, especially age-appropriate children’s books. 

This year we’ve teamed up with the Earbus Foundation to gain access to remote communities that they service, so we can Give the Gift of Reading to 38 children in 2022!

The Earbus Foundation addresses inner ear disease in remote Aboriginal communities across Western Australia. Their team on the ground sees first-hand how inner ear disease affects a child’s ability to read, learn and succeed, made even more difficult with limited access to resources.

With your support, throughout 2022 the children and their families/ carers will receive an age-appropriate book, with reading aids every month for one year. 

You can make a difference

We aim to raise $7,000 to sponsor 38 children in the East Pilbara towns of Strelley and Warralong. $180 will support a child for a year with a new book and reading aids each month.

Can’t quite make that amount? $15 will provide an age-appropriate book with reading aids for a month, and a little goes a long way. Or get together with your pals to make a joint donation to reach $180 for a full year of support.

https://chuffed.org/project/give-the-gift-of-reading-united-way-wa-x-earbus

Building stronger communities is everybody’s responsibility. Let’s give the children of Strelley and Warralong a chance to reach their full potential and support real change in WA.

Empowered for Employment Fundraising Event

Empowered for Employment Fundraiser Event

We at United Way WA are beyond privileged and honoured to celebrate another year of our Empowered for Employment Program, providing pathways for survivors of Family Domestic Violence towards future employment. It was an amazing night, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely people who attended and raised a whopping $6,100 to support our program.

Our speakers for the evening were Tania Cecconi, CEO at CEOs for Gender Equity, Robyn Westgate, Domestic Violence Consultant and Justine Roberts, Community Impact Manager UWWA. Tania, spoke about how CEO’s can initiate the discussion of gender equity and how they can implement policies in their workplace, to create a safe environment for those that experience Domestic Violence.

Robyn’s speech was emotive, powerful, and engaging, as she spoke about her first-hand account of facing domestic violence and the effects that it has on her until this day. Robyn is a highly qualified, skilled researcher, educator, and trainer with a clear history of experience working with disadvantaged women. Robyn spoke about how she still faced certain challenges long after the abusive relationship ended.

Justine spoke about how the women in the program often rated and saw themselves so negatively and how amazing it was to see their personalities breakthrough, slowly over time. Justine compared this experience (which would normally be described as an onion losing its layers) to a pomegranate revealing its jewel’s beneath the tough exterior.

We then went on to hear from some brave participants and volunteer mentors from the program, who described how transformational the process had been for them. How they had found and maintained employment, and had dared to dream and apply for positions they would have never considered in their former lives.

We would like to thank our mentors that make this program possible, the speakers who bravely told their stories, our volunteers, and our wonderful sponsor, Novata solutions for this incredible event.

You can support women who have experienced family domestic violence by becoming a Mentor in our Empowered for Employment program or consider making a donation here

$2,500 will support a woman through the entire program.
$150 will provide catering for our women for a self-care group session.
$500 will allow us to conduct a follow-up group session at the end of the year.
$2000 will allow us to provide Financial Counselling sessions for our women.

 

New Programs 2021

First Steps

We are thrilled about this new program which intends to provide experienced mentors to support people living in transitional housing, to take control of their finances and realise their homeownership goals.                                                                                                                                                  We  find it inspiring that the experienced mentors are a part of real change in a person’s life give information and advice about the whole buying, building, and mortgage process, making it easy to understand. The mentors provide ongoing support for up to 3 months. Which helps to set goals and put people on the pathway to homeownership.

You can make a difference…

If you have the experience and capacity to volunteer as a First Steps mentor, please email: volunteering@unitedwaywa.com.au.

Fresh Futures

We are excited to about the launch of this new program in conjunction with Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility.  We love that it aims to support women who are exiting the prison system. It helps to explore their hopes, dreams, and pathways to the future, and gain work experiences or volunteer opportunities.

Contact us if you

Are that passionate person to provide 1:1 mentoring over a three-month period? To walk alongside and break down social barriers for the participant?

If interested please email: volunteering@unitedwaywa.com.au.

 

Published by Sophy Arulraj on 8/04/2021

The REC program March 2021

The Re-Engaging in Community program pairs participants, who have been homeless and are now living in their own home but are not confident to engage in their new community, with a volunteer buddy.

Awesome participation!

What a beautiful bunch of United Way WA volunteers to participate for the first time in our Re-Engaging in Community program.

We are proud of them providing support to formerly homeless people to connect in their new community.

Today, the volunteers were able to share their own experiences from the past few months.

It was good and challenging experiences, as a result of which improved the experience for themselves and their buddy.

Following the debrief…

The volunteers went on to make themselves and someone else facing food insecurity a lunch from the HOPE kitchen.

Oh! What a healthy lunch with sandwich with 3 meats and fresh salad!

Taking the time to connect is so important and it helps create a positive and nurturing environment for all involved.

Huge thanks…

We like to say a huge thank you to Meagan Shand from Befriend Inc for leading the workshop and HOPE Inc for providing the space. Well done!

If you’ve thought about volunteering in 2021, please give REC your consideration at https://www.unitedwaywa.com.au/…/re-engaging-in-community/

 

Published by Sophy Arulraj on 25/03/2021

Corporate Volunteering March 2021

What a bunch of champions the Bankwest volunteers are!

This month was awesome getting better every month!

They fed up to 100 guests at HOPE Inc’s drop-in centre, providing a nutritious two course meal.

What a sumptuous meal! Sausages, egg, Barbeque beef and chicken, 3 salad potato, garden, rice, bread…

Oh, what a sweet ending with oat slice and ice cream yummy!

It is a safe space for social interaction between the volunteers and those who rely on these services.

Eventually giving volunteers and guests and an opportunity for a meaningful team-building experience.

Cook-ups like this help fight the stigma associated with homelessness in our community.

Get your team involved with this program or any of our other corporate volunteering activities by emailing us at united@unitedwaywa.com.au #LiveUnited

 

Published by Sophy Arulraj on 25/03/2021

Donations – Recent fires in Wooroloo

How devastating it was to the Perth community by the recent fires in Wooroloo! With 80 homes lost, and such a shocking incident happening during Covid-19, the sense of hopelessness was overwhelming.

Albeit a small way, we were very pleased to donate $1000 worth of Coles and Bunnings vouchers to the Gidgegannup Country Women’s Association (CWA).

Also, one of our awesome volunteers, Claire Swan, and her generous community at Secret Harbour provided 2 carloads of domestic animal feed, beds, and toys.

We are happy that Wanslea Family Services Inc also received care-packs for families affected by the fires.

It is truly heart-warming by the glimpses of hope shown in this time crisis. Our gratitude and respect go out to the Gidgegannup CWA and the firies heroic response.

We are grateful to contribute to what was a fantastic community effort.

 

Published by Sophy Arulraj

Ricoh/People Who Care Christmas Lunch 2020

People Who Care is a volunteer-based not for profit organisation that has been serving the community for over 40 years. They provide support services for those who are frail aged. They serve people with a disability and families starting over following domestic violence and disruption.

The Scrumptious festive Lunch

What an awesome annual Christmas lunch for the PWC community clients!

As a member of the exceptional team I witnessed a lovely festive spirit in the air. ​

We provided an extra warm and memorable experience for the PWC guests.

On top of that, the level of taste and freshness in the meals were outstanding. My favourite had to be the prawn cocktail!

The tables decoration was beautiful. The guests got to play some festive games and listen to live music. What great memories and special Christmas gifts to take away with them!

Heartfelt appreciation!

We thank People Who Care for your enthusiasm and hard work. Which lead to a memorable experience for the community. Thereby giving them joy and hope in a challenging and isolating holiday period.

It’s such a joy to provide this annual service for the beautiful clients at People Who Care 🎄 The hard-working volunteers from Ricoh Australia have outdone themselves serving up a stunning Christmas lunch, plus taking games, present giving, and some one-on-one time with the clients that are experiencing isolation at a challenging time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE PUBLISHED 22/12/20 BY Sophy Arulraj

Mentoring 2 Work

Mentoring 2 Work, or M2W, is an exciting, tailored learning support pathway program. We guide young adults wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Simply put…

We are excited to announce the return of this life-changing program!

We gave the Mentoring 2 Work volunteers the opportunity to make meaningful change in a young adult’s life aged 18 to 25 years. Thereby increasing the ability to enter or re-enter the workforce through the experience of Mentoring 2 Work volunteers with extensive current or recent industry experience and real-world networks.

Behind the scenes

Mentoring 2 Work, or M2W, program is led by our community partner COTA- Council on the Aging WA where we recruit mentors to be matched with young adults wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce.

QV1 Urban Descent Fundraiser

We are so grateful to our brave leader, newly appointed UWWA Chair, Libby White, who has taken a leap of faith and signed up for this year’s QV1 Urban Descent 😱

Libby will take the hair raising 160m plunge from Perth’s highest single pitch building, to raise funds for United Way WA’s 4 fantastic community programs:

EMPOWERED FOR EMPLOYMENT

Survivors of family and domestic violence face considerable challenges in rebuilding their lives after leaving the relationship. E4E assists in preparing survivors to enter or re-enter the workforce, increasing confidence, and supporting their financial stability for the future.

RE-ENGAGING IN COMMUNITY

This program is a buddy system, designed to support people who have experienced homelessness, are now re-homed but struggling to go out and explore their community. Volunteers join a participant, helping to explore their new community and discover hobbies and interests, helping to create new goals towards a healthier future.

MENTORING 2 WORK

With youth unemployment at an all-time high, M2W is a proven and structured program, matching experienced mentors with young adults who are struggling to enter or re-enter the workforce. Led by our community partner COTA Western Australia

FRESH FUTURES

Will be launching in the next few months and focuses on finding volunteer opportunities and future job prospects for women exiting the prison system.

Help Libby reach her goal and support these life-changing programs by donating HERE.

Libby recently retired from her executive role at Alcoa, and has taken up the position of Chair for United Way WA, following the great efforts by previous Chair, Julie Keene.

Want to know more about our new Chair? Check out her insightful interview by Work180 on how to navigate career crossroads as a woman in the workforce, whilst also raising a family https://au.work180.co/blog/how-to-navigate-career-crossroads

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