Our Commitment to Our Community
ClubGRANTS (formally CDSE) is a state wide initiative that recognises the significant financial support for projects and services local Clubs make in contributing to the well-being of their communities. The ClubGRANTS round provides the opportunity for local projects to apply for funding from Campbelltown Clubs under the scheme. Campbelltown City Council and Sector Connect are responsible for overseeing the administration of ClubGRANTS in Campbelltown.
Wests Group Macarthur takes pride in designing and delivering community support services to the local Macarthur region and beyond, in a way that enhances family lifestyles. We believe in empowering our community with inclusive social support, education and donations through the adoption of tailored strategies to ensure the needs of individuals, families and sporting groups are met. Wests Group Macarthur aims to identify the needs of the local community and develop actions that aid the strategic direction of the Macarthur Region and its residents.
In 2016/17 Wests Group Macarthur proudly contributed a total of $3,198,115 via ClubGRANTS Categories 1 and 2 to community and sporting clubs in the Macarthur area. Some of these recipients included are listed, as well as their purpose and stories told below.
- Beautiful Minds: $10,000
- Sharecare: $10,000
- Rotary Club Macarthur: $5,000
- Macarthur Sunrise: $5,000
- Macarthur Homeless Committee: $5,000
- Domestic Violence Committee: $3,600
- Fight Against Cancer: $10,000
- Mater Dei: $8,500
- Trustee for Top Blokes Foundation: $5,000
- Zonta: $5,500
- Disability Macarthur: $5,000
Giving Tree - A helping hand to the homeless
Members were invited to donate a Christmas Gift in an effort to support the local Macarthur Homelessness Steering Committee (MHSC) in 2017. The MHSC is a subcommittee of One Door Mental Health in the Macarthur Region and is dedicated to addressing the vicious cycle of homelessness with the desire to alleviate the plight of homeless people and has become the key objective of the Group.
Homelessness across Macarthur presents in a number of guises including couch surfing, overcrowding and living in vehicles. It is not always obvious and there are often mental health and comorbidity issues associated. When all other avenues have been exhausted the MHSC are there to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Macarthur.
The Giving Tree was able to help 20 Families which consisted of 50 children for Christmas, all in temporary accommodation. Special thanks to all members who donated to such a worthy cause (pictured bottom middle).
Zonta - The elimination of violence against women
A special dinner was held on Wednesday 22 November 2017 to support the elimination of violence against women by the Zonta Club of Macarthur Inc. in the newly refurbished Wests Auditorium.
Wests Group Macarthur donated $5,500 via the ClubGRANTS Category 1 expenditure to assist in a number of gifts and resources provided to the local women’s refuge service to assist women exiting the service. The gifts and resources included a wide range of household goods including blankets, sheets, towels, crockery, kitchen utensils, toiletries and items for children.
The elimination of violence against women function also featured the award-winning Battered Bardie Project, the Community Project of the Year in the Hills Shire in 2017 Australia Day Award. The dolls display the many different forms of domestic violence and have been used to raise awareness of the global epidemic that affects so many women and young girls.
Special guest on the night Dr Michael Freelander MP, Federal Member for Macarthur provided a thought-provoking address about his work and involvement in the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee. Freelander spoke of the need Australia-wide, to significantly improve responses to family violence.
Zonta - Supporting through comfort packs
The above funding to Zonta from Wests was also put towards supplying post-operative breast cancer patients with care cushions which have been specifically designed to provide maximum comfort and relieve pain. The fashion students enrolled at Macquarie Fields TAFE assist in the creation of these care cushions along with the McGrath nursing teams who distribute the cushions to those patients in need (pictured opposite, top middle).
Rotary Club - The Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Wests recently donated $5,000 to the Rotary Club of Macarthur Sunrise to help fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Rotary Club believes in paying it forward and creating a positive impact where possible, with the number of children now involved in the program doubling to 72. The Library provides children from birth to five years from low socio-economic and disadvantaged communities with a specially chosen book every month.
Macarthur Sunrise Rotary Club funds the local Campbelltown children who are enrolled in the program and books are mailed to their home once a month, as well as playgrounds now four times a week. Parents read regularly to their child and the child starts school ready to learn. The Rotary Club of Macarthur Sunrise allows ordinary people to achieve the most extraordinary things (pictured opposite, far left).
Trustee for Top Blokes Foundation - The Junior Mentoring Program
The Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program (pictured opposite, with their certificates) addresses anti-social and risk-taking behaviours of at-risk/disadvantaged young men aged 14-17. Wests donated $5,000 to the Trustee for Top Blokes Foundation to support this 16-week mentoring program, which aims to assists male participants in developing positive decision-making skills, improve emotional resilience and mental health whilst developing integrity and self-respect.
The contribution funds the 12-months of direct programming through the assistance of four groups each with 12- 15 boys who attend Ambarvale High School – a local high school who fall below the median of the ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage).
Mater Dei - Inclusions Program
Wests supports the underpinning philosophy of Mater Dei; inclusion into the wider community. We recently contributed $8,500 towards the Mater Dei Inclusions Program, involving all students achieving community access, inclusive schooling placement, structured work placement, curriculum and professional development, as well as post-school programs (pictured second from right).
The Inclusions Program ensures all students are provided the chance to go to mainstream schools to learn with, and from, mainstream peers. The program provides the opportunity for each student to gain the necessary skills and attitude to live in regular communities and be included as a valued and equal member of society
and the local community.
Disability Macarthur is a not-for-profit organisation and has been operating in the Macarthur Region for the past 30 years. The organisation is committed to providing a safe environment through delivering innovative programs and services for young children between the ages of 0 – 12 who require respite and overnight care.
Wests contributed $5,000 towards ensuring high-quality programs continue to be offered for children with special needs arising out of a physical or intellectual disability.