Youth at risk program receives helping hand

Strathfield community organisation, The Helmsman Project, has been awarded with a Westpac Foundation Community Grant worth $10,000 in support of their outstanding efforts improving the lives of youth at risk.

The Helmsman Project is a not-for-profit organisation that runs coaching programs designed to build life skills in year nine students from schools located in communities affected by disadvantage.

“We are delighted to be one of the lucky recipients of a 2016 Westpac Foundation Community Grant,” said Andrew Strainer, The Helmsman Project Co-founder and Chairman.

“This is the second time The Helmsman Project has been chosen by the Westpac Foundation and we are so grateful for their continued support of our organisation.

Thanks to this, we are able to bring an innovative coaching program to a new group of young people. The one-year program combines professional coaching with hands-on learning experiences, helping to develop important life and job-readiness skills.”

In NSW, Westpac Foundation has this year provided $243,095 worth of Community Grants to 25 grassroots organisations with innovative ideas to create more cohesive communities and create brighter futures for those at risk.

The Community Grants program is designed to foster long-term social change and help to make better futures for youth at risk, women at risk, people living with a disability, Indigenous Australians, refugees, homeless and elderly Australians.

The Helmsman Project will also receive additional support which includes a Westpac Foundation Community Grants Ambassador, mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

One hundred community organisations have this year received a record $955,000 worth of grants from the Westpac Foundation, valued at up to $10,000 each.

Since 2012, 369 Community Grants worth over $3.5 million have been invested in projects across the country that improve the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged; helping to create positive opportunities and create social inclusion.

For more information on the Westpac Foundation Community Grants program  see



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