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Recipients of Hobsons Bay Community Fund grants in 2014 were:

  • Mind Australia - "Turnip 'N' Throw": The grant is towards start-up costs of developing a horticultural program. The program is specially designed to offer people recovering from mental health illnesses a therapeutic environment of working together in a community garden setting. The program will be run at Amaroo in Osborne St Williamstown and participants will be encouraged and supported to work in a structured program in the garden once a week.
  • Seabrook Kindergarten Association - Cultural Community Cooking Program: The grant is to support an 8-week cooking experience with the kindergarten's 4 year old children and families. The children attending the kindergarten come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and parents often find it hard to participate in activities due to language barriers. It is anticipated that children will gain a greater understanding of food, where it comes from and how to cook and enjoy foods that represents the cultures of the various families attending the kindergarten.
  • Joseph's Corner - Life Skills Program: Joseph's Corner is a non-profit organisation who provide free counselling to families and friends of people suffering addiction. The grant will support the delivery of 3 - 5 week, 3 hour group sessions throughout the year at the Williamstown Community and Education Centre. The program will be facilitated by the organisation's psychologist and will focus on living resiliently. HBCF funded a similar successful program in the Laverton area in 2012.
  • The Link Centre - Residential Camp for Youth: The grant will support a program to take a group of the Centre's attendees to visit an Aboriginal community in Central Australia, including a visit to a remote aboriginal school. The youth will participate in a six-week preparation program at the Link Centre in the lead up to the camp.
    Attendees at the Link Centre come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds and generally have poor numeracy and literacy skills, poor health and poor hygiene. Many come from homes where drug and alcohol abuse is common. The youth attending the Link Centre are not currently attending mainstream school.
    The aim of the Link Centre is for the young people to re-enter mainstream school; enrol at TAFE or to commence an apprenticeship or other meaningful fulltime employment.
  • Altona Meadows Kindergarten and Maternal Health - Sensory Garden: The grant will support the development of a sensory garden and seating for the children and families to use while attending the kindergarten and the maternal health centre. Five mini gardens are proposed, each representing the human senses.
  • Laverton P-12 College - Engaging fathers with their children: The grant will support the college's closer engagement with families by creating an opportunity (once a week over 18 weeks) for fathers and a trained teacher to work with their child on a project in the woodworking areas. Following the training fathers and their children will share a meal together and attend an information session on subjects such as parenting, bullying, cyber-safety, effective communication, anger management and mental health-positive approaches
  • Gateway Community Services - Information sessions for Floyd Lodge & Williamstown High Rise: Through Gateways Food Relief program it has been identified that residents at Floyd Lodge and the High Rise apartments in Williamstown have very little access to information their local community, health and wellbeing. The grant will fund information sessions related to the group's needs including community events, seniors expos, access, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, and nutrition education.
  • Early Childhood Management Services - Newport Gardens 'Generation Games': The grant supports the development of a weekly afternoon tea group to bridge the gap in the community between the elderly and young children. The group would be facilitated by a staff member at the new community hub in Newport and is next to the Newport Gardens Primary School. It would seek to promote civic engagement and creates an opportunity to share stories, skills and knowledge.
  • Queen of Peace Primary School Altona Meadows - Sensory/Native Garden: The grant will support the development of a garden located between the school hall and the church and would benefit the students and the community groups who utilise the existing hall. These groups include the Maltese community, play groups, karate and fitness classes.
    The garden will allow students from Prep to Grade 6 the chance to integrate their environment into their education by giving them a hands on approach from concept to completion.


Recipients of Hobsons Bay Community Fund grants in 2014 were:

  • Friends of Skeleton Creek: The grant will fund work on revegetation of the Altona Meadows creek area at 3 specific sites. The funds to be spent on site preparation, stakes, guards, plants and site maintenance.
  • Macedonian Women's Senior Citizens Group Altona North: The grant will fund seminars to elderly Macedonian women about women's health issues.
  • Women's Health West: The grant will provide families presenting at the refuge as a result of family violence with clothing, food and manchester. The refuge supports families to secure long term accommodation.
  • Laverton Park Tennis Club: The club has recently built a new seating area. The grant will be used to install shade cloth over the area to provide a Sunsmart area for the children and families participating in the club activities.
  • Gellibrand Support Services Hanmer St Property: The grant will be used to build a sensory and cut flower garden for clients. The long term aim is to have clients participate in the Farmers Markets selling flowers, plants and produce whilst interacting and strengthening their connection to the local community.
  • Royal Yacht Club of Victoria: The grant will provide a Discovery Sailing program for Altona Meadows Primary School senior students.
  • Newport Seniors Citizens Centre: The grant will provide regular musical entertainment for local residents and the residents of two aged care facilities who also attend the club for these activities.
  • Yooralla West Children's Services: The grant will provide a specialist therapy group for children 0-6 with disability or developmental delay. The group sessions will provide parents with skills they can use with their child at home.
  • Altona Primary School Parents Association: The grant will provide a 10 week drama program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a learning or physical disability.
  • Hobsons Bay Men's Shed: The grant will purchase software and equipment for the Future Creation Workshop.
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria: The grant will be used to establish and deliver a program of information and education around the issues of anxiety.


In 2013 Hobsons Bay Community Fund presented grants totalling $25,200 to 12 local organisations. The recipients and their projects were:

  • Newport Community Education Centre: A photography project for the Young Adult Parenting Program. The project will allow the young mothers to visually document the challenges of their everyday life and how they view their environments.
  • Parkinsong Victoria: Setting up and running costs for the singing program for people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Westgate Multiple Birth Association: A new playgroup for families with twins and more in Newport and surrounds. The funds would be spent on venue hire, music activity, materials for craft activities, basic equipment and promotion of the groups launch.
  • Miracle Babies Foundation: Out of hospital play and support group for families who have experienced a premature or sick newborn child. Sessions are held at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre
  • Williamstown Community and Education Centre: Training and education programs for mature aged and socially isolated local residents who want to learn how to use iPads
  • Household Relief Fund: Further support for women and children escaping domestic violence to purchase items for their new home - such as while goods, mattresses, utilities, child care fees
  • Laverton Community Integrated Services: Assist in the operating costs of two cafe’s that will engage participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is aimed at modelling to participants ways of producing good-looking, balanced, nutritious, low cost meals that they can produce themselves on a low budget.
  • Altona Meadows Community Centre: Establish an Eco garden including purchase of worm farms, workshop facilitators, equipment and promotional materials.
  • Wintringham Aged Care: Develop a community garden for residents.
  • St Joseph's Corner: A program for women in Laverton to meet on a weekly basis to provide companionship and counselling.
  • Walker Close and Brooklyn Hall Association: A "Revive" project for fitness and well-being for older people with disabilities.
  • Friends of Newport Lakes: A camera to assist in a project to document the nocturnal animal activity at the Newport Lakes.

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The New Hope Foundation (NHF)

NHF provides welfare, settlement, advocacy and individual support and referral services to newly arrived refugees and CALD (cultural and linguistically diverse) clients. Funds from HBCF will support the Homework Support Program for year 9-12 refugee students at Laverton College; mostly from Burma/Thailand. The project ensures these students feel supported and welcomed in their new community and encourages residents of Hobsons Bay to reach out and make a difference by volunteering to support these young people.

Hobsons Bay No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

Hobsons Bay NILS provides interest-free loans of up to $1000 for low income residents of Hobsons Bay. The loans are used for household items such as fridge, stove, tv, washing machine or other goods or services not supported by other assistance schemes and enables people to get on their feet. Hobsons Bay NILS is now moving to become and independent incorporated organisation.

Western Radio Broadcasters

Western Radio Broadcasters is a community radio station and is the Victorian Government endorsed emergency response broadcaster for the West. The organisation has 120 volunteers and broadcasts in 12 ethnic languages. The HBCF grant is for a recruitment program to attract new volunteers from emerging communities and for the training of these new volunteers.

The Hobsons Bay Toy Library

The Hobsons Bay Toy Library is a community based, non-profit organisation located in Newport. The library is wishing to develop opportunities to increase the participation of CALD (cultural and linguistically diverse) families in the area. The HBCF grant will enable it to provide information about the Toy Library in languages other than English and to provide free or concessional membership to vulnerable or isolated families

The Emma McLean Kindergarten and Long Day Care

The HBCF grant will support the You can do it program, an educational program that supports communities, schools and homes collectively to optimise the social, emotional and academic outcomes of all young people

Mambourin Enterprises

Mambourin Enterprises promotes independent living by offering employment, education and training services to adults with a disability. HBCF's grant will enable its clients to sell the items that they work on during the week. They wish to establish a stall at the Altona street market in Pier Street each Tuesday enabling the participants to show case and sell their work to the local community.


Gateway Social Support

The Foodlink program will increase access to fresh food, fruit and vegetables to community members in need. Currently 9 groups (which equates to approximately 350 individuals) receive weekly donations.

Hobsons Bay Christian Church - Breakfast Club

This is a new project in partnership with the Newport Garden Primary School to provide healthy food for children on the way to school. The program is about balance and the aim is to not only provide healthy food but food that will give the children energy and promote alertness.

Hobsons Bay Men's Shed

The HBCF grant will provide funds to the Men's Shed to build raised garden beds to enable a Garden Club to operate. Membership of the Men's Shed is in the main, men who are retired, unemployed, isolated or experiencing mental health issues. The Garden Club activity is aimed at the members who may not wish to join the more technical (trade) side of the sheds activities. Its aim is to include the more marginalised members of the broader community to assist them in reconnecting to the community.

North Altona Early Childhood Centre

The Centre, which incorporates Yooralla West Early Intervention program, proposes to purchase a chicken coop, chicken feeding equipment and associated incubator and brooder box hire. The introduction of the chickens at the centre would extend the centres current food recycling project.

St Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church - Seniors Club

The Seniors Club will provide a series of 10 health educational workshops in Arabic. The topics to be covered are: diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, falls prevention, regular exercise, depression and anxiety early detection. St Mary's seniors group is the first and only seniors club for people from Arabic speaking backgrounds in the Western Suburbs.


This project links retirees as volunteers to schools across Hobsons Bay. The project will improve education and lifelong learning for young people through one on one mentoring and support from seniors as volunteers in the classroom. The project currently supports ESL programs at Bayside Secondary College and Laverton P-12 College as well as literacy support at Altona Green and Altona Meadows.


Westkidz Arts Access Scheme (Arts Collective)

To enable the Arts Collective, located in the Westgate Bridge Industrial Estate, Spotswood, to provide twelve months training for young people from migrant and low income families. The program will build self confidence, communication skills and social networks for the young people and their families.

Helping Hand Cooking (Church of Christ)

Helping Hand Cafe connects people who are disadvantaged, socially isolated and may suffer from mental illness. The meal program and literacy program have previously been supported by Hobsons Bay Community Fund with excellent results. This program will teach people about nutrition focussing on diabetes and obesity. It will also develop basic cooking skills and provide simple menus to use at home.

Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) Altona Unit

Altona SES aims to build the diversity of its volunteer crews to include more women, young people and people from different ethnic backgrounds. To do this it needs to replace damaged and unsuitable tools and purchase new ones in order to be able to put four fully equipped crews into the field.

Laverton Park Soccer Club

The Laverton Park Soccer Club has built a strong volunteer network and attracts young players from migrant, refugee and low income backgrounds. This grant will provide new equipment to help expand the work of this grass roots club, but will also cover fees for some who can't afford to play

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 November 2015 15:25 )  

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Celebrating 10 Years

In 2016, the Hobsons Bay Community Fund turned ten.  Read about our first 10 years in our boolet Celebrating 10 Years of Community Support 2006-2016.