Rebekah Van Bukkun, Youth Residential Care Worker with MacKillop, shares with us a heart-warming example of how positive experiences can affect a young person and open them up to new possibilities.
In late June, one of MacKillop's amazing carers surprised 16-year-old Anthony* with an offer to attend surf camp at Lake Tabourie, NSW. The camp was for one week and provided Anthony, who lives in one of our residential houses, the chance to interact with other young people while fulfilling a personal ambition of his... learning to surf.
The Food for Life project aims to explore the broad theme of 'sustainability' by focusing on relationships with self, others and with the earth. These critical relationships are the food for life - and are necessary to lead a full and meaningful existence.
Today, Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bernie Geary, released his report on sexual abuse and sexual exploitation children and young people living in residential care.
We share Commissioner Geary's concern for the welfare of our young people and support his contention that wherever possible, we should endeavour to place children who are unable to live with their parents in home-based care.
Megan O?Connor, Trusts and Foundations Coordinator at MacKillop Family Services, shares her insights into the philanthropic grant process and shifting funding landscape.
The knock-backs can be tough at times, particularly when you thought you had a fantastic proposal, but I?m an optimist and the successful outcomes are enough to sustain me through the lean times. That, and the belief in what MacKillop is trying to achieve.