Grants we made through the Circle of Promise initiative
In 2017 to 2018, the AAF has through its grant making activities:
Enabled ten scholarships to bright young students in the Western suburbs of Melbourne (many of whom are of Asian heritage) facing difﬁcult and disadvantaged circumstances. This support has enabled and given each of the recipients hope for their future in education and employment through our partnership with Western Chances. (www.westernchances.org.au)
Spearheaded a project to raise awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression amongst the Asian Australian community through our partnership and support of PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (www.panda.org.au) which supports women, men and families across Australia to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.
Enabled the delivery of 110 counseling sessions to approximately 20 children experiencing or impacted by family violence through a grant to DONCARE (www.doncare.org.au).
Enabled delivery of education sessions to 4 schools reaching up to 750 participants in each school to assist address bullying through a grant to BullyZero Australia Foundation (www.bullyzero.org.au)
Enabled Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, a state-wide, specialist mental health organisation, to provide support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders. The grant was used to fund multilingual eduction and workshops on mental health. For details on their work, see http://www.arcvic.com.au
Enabled First Step a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit medical clinic in St Kilda to assists patients overcome dependence on drugs or alcohol including mental health issues arising from such dependence. A number of these patients are from the Vietnamese community and the grant went towards part funding of a resource to assist patients. For details of their work, see http://www.firststep.org.au