Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School is a school for students with intellectual, multiple and sensory disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Safe, reliable and viable transport options for large groups of their students proved a barrier and Yarra Ranges called on the community to help out.
The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities for enhanced learning and development for disadvantaged children through music and the arts.
Gandel Foundation provided funding support to The Song Room in the past. Most recently, they received a two-year grant to deliver the Tuned in For Life program to reach primary school students in up to 12 disadvantaged and culturally diverse primary schools in the Hume region of Victoria.
Big West Festival is the leading community-based, contemporary arts festival in Melbourne’s West. A biennial festival, in 2015 the nine-day program ran from 20-28 November. In 2015, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Big West Festival brought together 70 multicultural, multi-artform events.
The new ‘Hide & Seek’ – Stories of Survival, Middle Years pilot is an educational program developed by the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, with support from Gandel Foundation. It is a unique, interactive and engaging program that is also captivating the younger audiences and helping them explore basic moral, ethical and human rights issues. In December 2015 ‘Hide & Seek’ won the “Education and Early Childhood Award” in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence.
Shout Out is an innovative public speakers project that trains and nurtures young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and views with the broader community. With support from Gandel Foundation, the Centre for Multicultural Youth created Shout Out to give these young people a voice and help them foster greater cultural understanding.
With the support of Gandel Foundation, The Wirrpanda Foundation is taking the Deadly Sista Girlz program back to Worawa Aboriginal College in 2015.
The program aims to build proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, providing a chance to be personally mentored throughout the program and helping them connect with fellow sistagirlz in a fun and caring environment.