More than $16,000 in grants to improve lives in Playford Alive and Local Heroes unmasked

October 24, 2017


The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund and the Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards recognise community and business achievements in the Playford Alive area.

It’s about recognising those who have overcome adversity and changed their lives, those quiet achievers who have made a difference in their community and the groups and organisations that support the Playford area through community building, training and employment initiatives.

Three organisations providing services for young people and the greater community in Playford Alive will share more than $16,000 from the tenth round of grants from the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund.

The successful recipients for the tenth round of the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund grants are:

  • Northern Communities of Hope Youth – $6,000 to continue ongoing support in creating a safe and supportive environment for ‘at risk’ young people, through purchasing equipment and resources for events, mentoring camps and activities at Davoren Park Youth Outreach.
  • YMCA of SA Youth & Family Services Incorporated – $6,278 to deliver two large scale youth events featuring a skate, scooter and BMX competition at Playford Alive Town Park.
  • Playford Uniting Church – $4,000 to host the WonderFULL Community Festival. This free event aims to bring together the neighbourhood and build stronger community connections with a range of activities, artists, music and food for all generations.

The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund, since its establishment in 2009, has awarded over $730,000 to projects to benefit the Playford Alive community, as well as $1.25m for the upgrade of the John McVeity Centre and $2.25m towards the construction of the Stretton Centre.

The Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards have returned for 2017, providing the chance to celebrate those in our community who are helping othersand leading progress.

The successful recipients for the five award categories in the Local Heroes Awards are:

  • Positive Playford Award sponsored by T&J Constructions – Terry Ansell. Terry works closely with children with disabilities as a special education teacher at the Adelaide North Special School and as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics. Terry inspires many young people to get involved in sport and achieve their best despite their disability.
  • Positive Playford Award – Youth sponsored by Boral – Jordan Smith. Jordan is an example of a young man who overcame life’s challenges and changed the course of his life through education, and is now completing an apprenticeship as a bricklayer.
  • Business Award sponsored by ISAustralia – Northern Carers Network. This not-for-profit carer support organisation offers a diverse range of flexible services and programs to support carers in the community through opportunities to develop social connections, gain valuable information to their individual situations and to access respite.
  • Best Training Program Award sponsored by Rivergum Homes – Stepping Stone (SA) Childcare and Early Development Centre pre-employment. This program is a partnership with Child Care Services Training and Renewal SA’s Works Program to deliver pre-employment programs which aim to recruit highly motivated and enthusiastic Certificate III qualified educators.
  • Playford Alive Works Program Training-to-Employment – Best Individual Outcome sponsored by Alexander Symonds – Renee Judd. After 18 years of being unemployed and raising three children, Renee elected to get back into the workforce and was accepted into the Stepping Stone (SA) Childcare and Early Development pre-employment program. Through her positive attitude, she overcame life challenges and was successful in gaining employment with the Evanston Stepping Stone Childcare and Early Learning Centre.