Care in the Community
Through our national network of local franchise offices, Home Instead Charities supports a wide range of community organisations to help enhance the lives of ageing adults and their families right across Australia. We also support a range of other charitable organisations doing important work within our communities.
Orange is the colour of joy and warmth…
And there was certainly plenty of both when Orange Army members from Elsie’s Project accepted an incredible $10,000 donation from in-home care provider Home Instead Central Coast & Newcastle.
The funds will be spent on a water feature in the courtyard garden planned for a new 12-bed Elsie’s Project palliative care unit at Wyong Hospital.
Barwon Health Foundation
The Barwon Health Foundation is the charity arm of Barwon Health (one of Australia’s largest health services) and exists to raise funds to invest and advance Barwon Health’s facilities, medical equipment, patient comfort and care, and to fund research and clinical trials. Home Instead Geelong was a major supporting partner in Catwalk 4 Cancer, a Barwon Health Foundation Initiative to raise funds for Andrew Love Cancer Centre, the reason local patients requiring cancer treatment can receive the care they need close to home.
The Catwalk for Cancer event in 2022 raised $57,000 including a $10,000 contribution directly from Home Instead Geelong.
Dementia Australia represent the 487,500 Australians living with dementia and 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. A sausage sizzle fundraiser, organised by Home Instead Sydney North Shore & Northern Beaches at their local Bunnings in Pymble raised $1015.33, which became the sauce on top of a $10,000 donation from the Home Instead branch to Dementia Australia, ahead of Dementia Action Week.
Foodbank Victoria is the pantry to the Victorian charity sector. It works with 400+ frontline charities and school breakfast programs to provide quality meals to those in need. The donation from Home Instead Melbourne Inner North will provide 20,000 meals to Victorians who are struggling.
MND Victoria provides services and support to anyone in Victoria or Tasmania who is impacted by Motor Neurone Disease. The organisation provides a first point of contact as well as information and ongoing support at no cost to the person living with MND. An equipment loan service is also available at no cost. MND Victoria will use the donation to fund more information and education services.
The Toowoomba Hospice provides quality, patient-centred health care at the end of life as well as short-term respite to support clients and their families. The nine-room palliative care facility will use the money to partly fund a new nurse call system that is more sensitive to patients reaching their end-of-life stage.
Bentmoor Community Men’s Shed
Bentmoor Community Men’s Shed focuses on overcoming men’s isolation and supporting men’s mental health and well-being, by giving local men a safe space to make friends, enjoy activities and get involved in various initiatives. It will use the donation from Home Instead Melbourne Inner South & Bayside to fund its arts and crafts program for another three years, while also providing more variety within that program.
Mater Foundation Healing Garden
Mater Private Hospital Redlands recently celebrated 20 years of serving Brisbane’s Bayside community. As part of these celebrations, Mater partnered with the local community to fund a Healing Garden to enhance the health and well-being of patients. Home Instead Redlands’ donation will help fund the development of this new outdoor space.
Koala Hospital Port Macquarie
The Home Instead Mid North Coast Office felt the need to provide additional support to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital after the local Koala population was significantly impacted by local bush fires during 2020. A number of staff from the local office regularly donate their time to the Koala Hospital.
Intergenerational Easter Event
Contribution: Providing a social connection for elderly Australians through an Easter collaboration with local aged care facilities and schools
This event brought 20 Home Instead clients together with 10 pre-schoolers from Little Coast Kids in San Remo to share an Easter morning tea, while making and decorating of Easter cards. The seniors and children also participated in an Easter Egg Hunt and enjoyed a walk along the lakefront.
The Men’s Shed (Upwey)
On the 10th anniversary of Home Instead’s launch, Melbourne Outer East & Glen Waverley former Owner/Director Suzanne McLoughlin could think of no greater pleasure than to present Gerran Wright, President of the local Upwey Men’s Shed, with a $10,000 cheque to help raise awareness around men’s health and well-being and home care support. It was especially important at this time in the midst of Melbourne’s ongoing covid lockdowns.
Intergenerational Chess Tournament
Contribution: Major Sponsor
Chess is a great game for all ages and keeps the mind active. This is particularly important for ageing adults. A free community event held in Kogarah Town Square attracted 60 competitors to face off in a Swiss-style chess tournament. The seniors vs youths chess tournament formed part of Georges River Council’s National Youth Week activities.
The Men’s Shed (Maroochydore)
Contribution: Nutrition & Exercise Workshops
In the lead up to R U OK? Day in September 2021, Home Instead Sunshine Coast & Gympie launched Nutrition and Exercise Workshops in collaboration with the local Maroochydore Men’s Shed.
These programs are designed to help widowed or older men focus on healthy ageing, falls prevention, and maintaining long-term independence.
Inala Wangarra – Healthy Ageing Hub
Contribution: $10,000 & Partnership
Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous NFP community development organisation in one of our local Home Instead territories, undertakes important work with our local indigenous community. An opportunity arose to support their Healthy Ageing Hub launch, which culminated with a Turn Back Time Dance. Local owner Myles and his wife, Virginia, who have run their business (supporting seniors) in this area for 10 years, felt a donation in support of the Healthy Ageing Hub was the perfect way to mark their 10-year milestone and give back to the community.
The Fiddle Blanket Project
Contribution: 100 hand-made Fiddle Blankets for locals living with dementia
Home Instead Wollongong launched a local project ahead of Dementia Awareness Week (week of 21st September 2021). The Fiddle Blanket Project (#thefiddleblanketproject) raises awareness and supports those who have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in the local Wollongong community and involves locals banding together to make and donate Fiddle Blankets to people living with dementia.