Celebrating local heroes and boosting community spirit with over $15,000 in grants awarded

October 24, 2019

Last night the recipients of the annual Playford Alive Initiatives Fund and Local Heroes Awards were unmasked at the Stretton Centre in Munno Para.

Three organisations will share more than $15,000 from the twelfth round of grants from the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund.

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

Playford Uniting Church
The Playford Uniting Church (PUC) is hosting the WonderFULL Christmas Festival. This free event is an opportunity for the Playford Alive community to gather and connect with each other building new friendships and a sense of community pride. Building on the success from the last two years, this year’s WonderFULL festival will be full of energy and fun for all generations and will include a range of free activities and entertainment for young people and their families. PUC received $5,500 in funding.

Northern Communities Of Hope Youth
NCOH Youth will deliver a Peachey Social Enterprise – Youth Employment Pathways program. Building on the success of their youth outreach program in Davoren Park, NCOH Youth are planning to set up a social enterprise op shop and café in their Davoren Park Youth Centre. The aim of the social enterprise is to empower and encourage young people to gain work experience, skills, confidence, positive social connections and pathways into the workforce. The project will also give young people a platform to create their own microbusinesses and support them to sell services and products to the local community. NCOH Youth received $7,500 in funding.

Clean Up Playford City
Local resident, Liam Goodrich, has initiated a series of clean up events alongside Clean up Australia. The Clean Up Playford City program works with members of the community to help keep local parks and creeks clean. The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund is making it even easier to volunteer for this worthy cause with all new equipment to be purchased to help with the clean ups. Clean Up Playford City received $967 in funding.

Since the fund was established in 2009, over $870,000 has been provided to benefit the Playford Alive community. The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund helps organisations to grow and supports projects that make a positive contribution to the community.

The Local Heroes Awards recognise individuals who have made a difference in the local community. Congratulations to the following winners:

Positive Playford Award – Adult, sponsored by Lighthouse Disability, was awarded to Jasmine Brouwers. Jasmine is a volunteer with Uniting Communities’ Families by Families  Program. The program provides support to assist stressed families to get through tough times and help fill a gap in crisis services.

Positive Playford Award – Youth, sponsored by Boral, was awarded to Gemma Phillis. Gemma is a volunteer for the Children’s University Australasia, a role model for young people and assists in local schools to gain experience whilst completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at UniSA.

Business Award, sponsored by Rivergum Homes, was awarded to two winners, Indulge Your Beauty and Yourtown. Cassie Williams started Indulge Your Beauty as a home-based beauty salon and grew from a sole trader to a small business with a team of seven. Yourtown is a national organisation, providing a range of services for young people and families seeking support, particularly to assist those at risk of disadvantage.

Best Training or Engagement Initiative Program, sponsored by T&J Constructions, was awarded to the NDIS Disability Enterprise Project. The City of Playford, the Independent Institute, Barkuma and Uniting SA collaborated to deliver this innovative project. The partners delivered a tailored hospitality training program to people with a disability.

Best Training-to-Employment- Individual Outcome, sponsored by Alexander Symonds, was awarded to Rhianon Mcbryde-Rousseff. Rhianon completed a Certificate II in Civil Construction and moved into employment at LR&M, enabling her to undertake further study in a Certificate III. Rhianon was a standout participant during her training program. She developed into a group leader, showing initiative and helping other students and demonstrated good planning and problem-solving skills.