Funding supports community initiatives and local heroes unmasked

October 19, 2018


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 $9,500 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 – $4,500 for a youth outreach program to continue their good work in making positive connections with young people through encouragement in participate in social events, activities, workshops and mentoring camps.
  • Playford Uniting Church – $5,000 to continue to provide more activities to engage with young people and their families through this year’s WonderFULL Community Festival in the lead up to Christmas.

Above: 2018 Playford Alive Initiative recipients John Matheson, Allyson Michalojko and Jovana Stojsavljevic from Northern Communities of Hope with Renewal SA’s Mark Devine (far left) and Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty (far right).

The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund, since its establishment in 2009, has awarded over $845,000 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 2018, 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 the Eastern Building Group – Peter Jansen, for his dedicated volunteering at the Playford Food Co-op for more than 12 years.
  • Positive Playford Award – Youth, sponsored by Boral – jointly awarded to Sashah Stuart, a young dedicated mother recognised for her hard work as a Community Support Worker; and the Elizabeth Riders Committee (ERC), which has been a positive role model for the community for the last 10 years by delivering skate competitions and workshops for young people.
  • Business Award sponsored by Rivergum Homes – Pathways to Recovery, a not-for-profit National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider that delivers disability support services to people across the Playford and Salisbury regions.
  • Best Training Program Award sponsored by T&J Constructions – awarded to joint winners, Cycle of Change and Blokes and Beauties on the Block. Cycle of Change helps young people through offering opportunities and support to further education, training, volunteering and employment. Blokes and Beauties on the Block is a Playford Alive Works Program initiative and is delivered by North East Vocational College with support from InterSkills, and provides a live training site program with work placement opportunities for successful participants to achieve a Certificate II in Construction.
  • Playford Alive Works Program Training-to-Employment – Best Individual Outcome sponsored by Alexander Symonds – Will Byrne, for his hard work through his training opportunities with the Northern Events Crew and successfully gaining employment with Adelaide Venue Management. Will has a strong drive to support his young family and achieve his goals is inspirational to many other young people in the Playford Alive community.


Above: 2018 Local Heroes winners with Renewal SA’s Mark Devine and City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty.

Each of this year’s recipients demonstrated community spirit and a strong commitment to the Playford Alive project area. This funding allows the successful recipients to come up with more creative ways in which Playford Alive can become an even better place to live, work and play.