The Rise Assist mission is to provide a Christ-centred ministry for the relief of poverty, suffering, distress, misfortune and helplessness of people found in South Australia or elsewhere regardless of sex, race, ethnic background, religion, political beliefs or marital status. Rise Assist seeks to build local community bridges of social inclusion, community integration and inter-generational support, through creative community engagement in programs and activities.
Specific target groups Include:
- People who are poor. Rise Assist will seek to respond to genuine need of anyone who seeks assistance.
- People who are socially disengaged. Rise Assist is seeking ways to build bridges with those who struggle to feel as though they belong. For this project disadvantaged youth and the mature aged are a particular focus.
Rise Assist has demonstrated success in a trial shed program called “Mech Connect” in 2016, and seeks to expand this into a Community Shed program. The $100,000 Impact100 SA grant will be used to fund the Community Shed facility comprising 4 large rooms; namely a storeroom, craft & meeting room, wood & metal, and mechanical workshops for the use of residents in Lightsview and surrounding suburbs.
With the provision of a Community Shed, Rise Assist expects to connect with up to 250 people each week through various program activities. This will include two weekly sessions for youth in mechanics, woodwork, and metalwork. Retirees and the unemployed will also benefit from participating in the activities twice per week. Refugee group focused programs will also be included, in addition to specific programs tailored to clientele of other local community support group.
The Ice Factor is a life skills program that assists at risk, disengaged or disadvantaged teenagers identified by participating high schools. From one disengaged group in 2005, the program has expanded to support teenagers in 18 high schools, over 300 young people this year and over 2,000 since it began. It seeks to capture their motivation to re-engage with school and community, and to change the direction of their lives through teaching life skills and a team sport (ice hockey).
The program has only been possible because of the generosity of community sponsors who provide funds to enable each participant to obtain their own ice skates, and to enable the program to continue and expand.
The requested $100,000 Impact 100 grant will be used to expand the program to include young people with disabilities, because the benefits that have been experienced by young people at risk would also be beneficial to young people with disabilities and significantly contribute to their mental health and general well-being.
The grant funding should enable the integration of 80 young people with disabilities into the program, in addition to the 200+ young people at risk currently engaged in the program per year.
Operation Flinders describes its cause as “to transform young people’s lives through world leading, evidence-based remote, outback intervention programs.”
Its mission is to “provide young men and women who have been identified as being at risk, with demanding outdoor challenges and support, to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self-esteem, motivation, team work and responsibility so they may grow as valued members of the community.”
The requested $100,000 Impact 100 grant will be used partly to fund the employment of a further Follow-Up Support Officer to work with participants post-exercise to ensure that outcomes achieved by the participants are consolidated, and to provide further support to their ongoing development.
In addition, the grant will enable Operation Flinders to partner with the Maxima Group to provide training to Peer Group Mentors to create improved long-term employment outcomes, and well developed leadership capabilities.
Peer Group Mentors are graduates of the Operation Flinders program who have returned after initial training to assist ‘first timers’ in the program. There are already 50 Peer Group Mentors for whom additional training could be transformational in helping to break the cycle of unemployment.
There are many risk factors associated with self-harm and suicide and these are often exaggerated if the person at risk is bereaved by suicide themselves. When coupled by a lack of protective factors the risk factors can be fatal for those vulnerable members of our community.
MOSH aims to develop and promote both existing and new programs that will minimise the risk factors and maximise protective factors for those at risk of self-harm and suicide and those bereaved by suicide.
ActNow is a South Australian theatre company, founded by a group of high school students in 2007, that tailors socially conscious performance projects. They work with professional artists to engage diverse communities in conversations around challenging, contemporary issues. Their work is innovative, informed, inspiring, and often confronting but never conventional.