Our work is built on the foundations of strong governance, and the ongoing protection and leveraging of our capital and assets. We support multi-year philanthropic partnerships and impact investments for initiatives that are strongly supported by evidence and whose impact can be measured, to deliver clear outcomes for at-risk young people. Our partnering approach embraces program delivery, capability building, influencing systemic change and scaling impact.
For almost 40 years, YFS (formerly Youth and Family Services) has supported at-risk families and young people to thrive. In 2021, the community organisation in Logan City was awarded $900,000 over two years to help break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and build the capacity of vulnerable young parents. The tailored program focusses on stable housing, safe relationships, employment and education to support these young families to lead more independent lives and participate in their community.
Youth Insearch is a leading youth intervention charity focused on helping at-risk young people to overcome childhood trauma, improve their mental health, reduce youth crime and delinquency and prevent youth suicide, through case management support and peer mentoring. In 2020 the organisation was awarded $730,577 over three years to help to deliver a specialised peer-to-peer program including weekend workshops, weekly local support groups, coupled with tailored case management support provided by youth support workers embedded across seven communities in the Western Downs, Wide Bay and greater Brisbane regions.
Brisbane Youth Service
Brisbane Youth Service supports at-risk young people to thrive. In 2020 the charity was awarded $915,000 over three years to fund their Safe and Connected Futures program which provides early intervention and case management support to homeless youths to re-establish family support networks, find safe housing and re-engage with education or employment.
YellowBridge QLD is a not-for-profit organisation based in Toowoomba. Each year more than 4,000 people on the Darling Downs are supported to access housing, disability support, youth and home services so they can lead independent and rewarding lives.
In 2020, YellowBridge QLD received $220,000 over two years to fund transitional accommodation and case management for their Youth Matters program to support their aim of ending youth homelessness in Toowoomba by 2025.
Previously, 2018, YellowBridge QLD received $450,000 for the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, to accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer. It was one of four fully customised units built by Enabled Living, which included assistive technology to empower residents to lead more independent lives.
Bravehearts Foundation is a renowned child protection charity focused on the prevention of child sexual assault. In 2020 the charity was awarded $790,000 over two years to support their program which provides early intervention and support for young people who have, or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast with outreach capability via eHealth across Queensland.
Save the Children Fund Australia was awarded $500,000 over three years to fund their Life Skills for Success program in Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District and Morobe Province. The program supports at-risk young people to develop the foundational skills to set them up for success in education and employment, with a focus on engagement and support of the most marginalised, particularly adolescent girls and young people with disability.
Intercept Youth and Family Service in Caboolture was awarded $320,000 over two years in 2020, to fund their Pathfinder program which runs trauma-informed camps with case management support to assist at-risk young people to future plan and identify a path for successful transitions across their teenage years and young adulthood.
Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation in Brisbane that is focused on creating justice and responding to injustice through the provision of services and opportunities in the community.
Incorporated in 1995, the organisation seeks to improve access to housing, healthcare and employment for individuals and families, based on their founding belief that every child and adult has the right to a home, income, healthcare, education, safety, dignity, and connection with their community.
In 2020, they received $800,000 in support, consisting of a $400,000 Significant Grant and a $400,000 interest-free loan, to allow the non-profit to purchase and secure the Wellspring Hawthorne Hub.
The Wellspring Hub provides a range of support services to vulnerable young families to break down barriers and create their own futures, supporting children and their mothers as they deal with the inter-related issues of domestic violence, traumas, poverty and homelessness.
4 Aussie Heroes
$98,500 was awarded to 4 Aussie Heroes in 2020 to fund two Triumph over Trauma and Refresh programs to provide support to 20 first responders and military personnel experiencing mental ill-health. A portion of the funds also went towards the development of an Impact Measurement framework.
Happy Paws Happy Hearts is a Brisbane-based charity which runs unique animal therapy programs where young people with physical or mental health injuries can learn to care for and train rescue animals.
In March 2020, they received a Significant Grant of almost a half-a-million dollars from Hand Heart Pocket to help create new employment pathways for their participants.
Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading young carer support organisation. In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket awarded a $380,000 Significant Grant towards the Little Dreamers Young Carer Project pilot.
This will see young carers living in Queensland receive extra support to overcome barriers to education, with a particular focus on young people situated in Townsville, Bundaberg and Brisbane, where higher numbers of young carers are found.
The pilot which has already been trialled in Victoria, will provide additional support to this vulnerable group to give them every chance of completing their education. This will be done by working with schools to create kind, safe and supportive environments for young carers.
The organisiation classifies a young carer as someone under 25 years of age who provides unpaid care for a family member with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or addiction.
Open Doors Youth Service is a charity that works with vulnerable LGBTIQ+ youth, who experience a variety of life challenges such as homelessness, family breakdown, mental health issues and alcohol and drug addiction. Each year more than 2,000 young people access the support service.
In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $80,000 Significant Grant to help take the organisation to the next level, to help more young LGBTIQ+ people to thrive. The funding injection will allow Open Doors Youth Service to engage a specialist to help develop a framework to better understand, measure and manage the impact they are making, and to prepare them to take advantage of future philanthropic funding opportunities.
TRACTION is a community-based youth mentoring program that delivers tangible benefits for vulnerable young people and their families through hands-on, action-based education programs.
In late 2019, TRACTION received a $100,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to support their internal scholarship program, enabling 38 more young people aged 12-15 to re-engage in an alternative action-based learning environment. A portion of the funding will also assist the organisation, to measure its outcomes, build its capacity and better understand, manage and measure the impact they are making. Recurrent funding for a further two years will also be an option with a review of the program outcomes conducted each year.
Prior to this, in 2018, TRACTION received a $15,000 capacity building grant from Hand Heart Pocket to engage a specialist to guide the development of their long-term strategy, business plan and governance program, positioning them for future growth.
Since launching in 2015 the organisation has supported over 1,094 young people, through their early intervention programs.
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