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OAE assisting the community of West Heidelberg

Olympic Adult Education

Why are we collecting funds?

Not everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential and in West Heidelberg many within the community have been doing it tough for a long time.

But throughout this community some people do shine and make a real contribution to society, because of the assistance given to them along the way. Through its programs, OAE strives to provide this assistance to community members so that they can gain confidence and skills which enables them to shine.

Not all of our programs are funded through government sources and often the real breakthroughs come from activities and innovations that governments rarely fund. Yet this is where OAE makes a real difference to people's lives and as a result, OAE needs to rely less on short-term government grants and more on support from the Australian community.

How will the funds be used?

The funds will be used to support programs such as the following: 

Community Lunches

Food from Foodbank and SecondBite are donated and from that our staff and volunteers prepare a meal. Food parcels offered for those in need.

BellBardia meal

Food from Foodbank and SecondBite are donated and from that our staff and volunteers prepare a healthy weekly meal to Belbardia Estate (public housing estate) residents

Over 4,400 meals were served in 2015

Thursday cook-ups

Food not used for the Bellbardia meal is then cooked, frozen or made into chutney and distributed free to those in need.

Olympic Village Makers Market

The market aims to provide local residents with an opportunity to:

  • Actively participate in planning and delivering a community-driven activity;
  • Develop skills and exposure for emerging artists and market stall holders;
  • Meet new people and make new friends;
  • Generate a safe activity in an space that is sometimes perceived as a haven for criminals
  • Access employment opportunities for a local residents living within the 3081 postcode.

Asylum Seeker conversations

We have many asylum seekers coming regularly to practice English whilst participating in activities at Alice House, OAE's community centre.

Each time we all have lunch together and of course, practise English. They are very grateful for the activity, the speaking of English and the opportunity to make community connections.

Alice House Home and Garden Care

A mentoring program for long term unemployed and unskilled adults to undertake work on their own properties and their neighbours: Gardening - mowing, brush cutting, pruning, weeding, drain clearing

The aim is for participants to develop work skills that could lead to further work.

Seedling Propagation Project

The purpose of the Seedling Propagation Project is to:

  • Develop a seedling propagation area in the garden of Alice House
  • Care for and sell the established seedlings 
  • Provide training and activity for unemployed local residents who will learn about propagation and provide 2 hours a day of scheduled care and maintenance of the seedlings
  • Develop this project as a small social enterprise with profit sharing.

Computers

Free computer access is available for those from low income backgrounds who otherwise would not have access to a computer - available 5 days a week

Community Garden

Free gardening program for locals to grow vegetables and herbs to be used in the community lunches

Playgroup

Free weekly Playgroup for local families who cannot afford to pay

Craft Group

Free craft group every week which includes mosaics and sewing

Are donations tax deductible? Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.

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