Aurora Energy is helping to make a difference.
Each year, Aurora Energy awards six projects or programs that help to reduce disadvantage and foster inclusion in the lives of vulnerable Tasmanians up to $5000 each from a total grant pool of $30,000.
Congratulations to the following recipients of the Aurora Energy Community Grants: Round 2
Starting Point Neighbourhood House
Starting Point Neighbourhood House (formerly Ravenswood Neighbourhood House) has served the suburbs of Ravenswood, Waverly, St Leonards and the wider Launceston community for 39 years. The House offers a range of educational and recreational programs and events for all ages and has assisted people to become work-ready whilst building confidence, developing important life-skills and social networks.
Aurora Energy will assist with funding the purchase of a reliable, second-hand manual vehicle that meets ANCAP safety standards. The vehicle will support learner drivers from disadvantaged backgrounds accrue the compulsory practical experience to obtain their provisional licence, which greatly enhances opportunities for gainful employment whilst making Tasmanian roads safer.
West Moonah Community House
The West Moonah Community Preschool is licenced by the Department of Education and provides a quality, inclusive program consistent with the Early Years Learning Framework. The Preschool focuses on all areas of development and wellbeing, general knowledge and school readiness and is located on-site at the House.
Aurora Energy will fully-fund three preschool sessions each week across four terms and preference will be given to children living in foster care, in child protection or living at The Hobart Women’s Shelter.
St Helens District High School Association
The school health nurse is a newly funded position at St Helens District High School and has recently identified an opportunity to engage with at-risk students to participate in a healthy, nutritious cooking program.
Aurora Energy will fully-fund an 18-month Cooking for Life program. The program will provide students with an opportunity to gain basic cooking skills, learn aspects of the five food groups and the importance of macro and micro nutrients. The program aims to reduce the incidence of chronic disease amongst the students and their families through healthy diet and exercise.
Community Housing Limited
Community Housing Ltd (CHL) is a not-for-profit community housing provider that offers low-cost rental properties, subsidised housing and support to vulnerable Tasmanians experiencing financial hardship due to a variety of factors such as disability, long-term unemployment and single parent families.
Aurora Energy will fund two education scholarships that target 12-18 year-olds living in a CHL property in low socio-economic suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly in Launceston. Historically these suburbs experience high rates of unemployment with 60 per cent of residents aged 15 and over either unemployed or employment status is unknown.
Giant Steps Tasmania
Giant Steps Tasmania is the only Autism-specific school in Tasmania and aims to provide its students with assistance, safety, stimulation happiness and respect. The school was established in 1996 by a group of parents with Autistic children to create a suitable educational environment and therapeutic facility.
Aurora Energy will fund the purchase of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, which is designed for people with Autism who are non-verbal or have difficulty communicating. The technology is a symbol-based platform which will assist 12 students to communicate with their families, peers, carers and teachers.
Housing Choices Tasmania
Housing Choices Tasmania (HCT) is a not-for-profit affordable housing provider that owns and/or manages approximately 1,460 affordable homes state-wide for Tasmanians on low incomes. HCT has been operating in Tasmania since 2010 and has offices located in Devonport, Shorewell Park and Hobart.
Aurora Energy will fund the delivery of a 16-week Home Ready Tips program, a social inclusion program that supports communities with low-incomes in East Devonport to learn new skills, including energy efficiency, reduce grocery bills, healthy cooking and cleaning tips.