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Sep 21

Wyatt is moving!

From 29th of September Wyatt and Foundation SA will operate from 161 Frome Street Adelaide (corner of Flinders and Frome Streets). Our postal address will also change to 161 Frome Street Adelaide. Our office phone number (08) 8224 0074 will remain the same.   Our move from the original land purchased by Dr William Wyatt, and from the site that has been our home since 1990, brings mixed feelings. On the one hand, there is great historical significance in serving... Read more
07
Sep 21

Reducing poverty now and into the future

Despite reaching the remarkable milestone of 135 years of philanthropy this year, the Wyatt Trust is not about to rest on its laurels. In 2019/20 Wyatt assisted more than 6,000 individuals and households via $3.7 million in philanthropic funding. Wyatt CEO, Stacey Thomas, says the Trust is always looking at ways it can best achieve impact into the future, acknowledging that eradicating poverty requires systemic change and a multi-faceted strategy guided by research. Understanding the Poverty System in South Australia,... Read more
24
Aug 21

Small changes that deliver big results

Karen Hoffensetz, Manager of Financial Services at Lutheran Care, knows that providing effective financial counselling requires more than number crunching and drawing up budgets. “Quite often, when we first start working with a client who is experiencing financial difficulty, the most important thing is to listen,” she says. “When you really listen and are prepared to move at the client’s pace, you can start to understand what is happening for the client. Often when you’re going through a client’s budget,... Read more
07
Jun 21

Celebrating a new era of philanthropic giving in South Australia

It was an evening of joyful celebration on May 13 when Wyatt friends and partners, local and interstate sector colleagues, collective givers, and established and emerging philanthropists came together to launch Foundation SA. Foundation SA is the state’s first state-wide community foundation and Australia’s first new community foundation in five years. Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Steven Marshall MP, was on hand to mark the occasion and announced that the State Government intended to match the initial seed funding... Read more
05
May 21

The homelessness crisis close to home: Unprecedented challenges in Regional SA

In regional South Australia, the detrimental impacts of the pandemic and the ongoing housing affordability crisis have drastically undermined the availability of safe, affordable homes. Housing advocates and news headlines warn that regional areas of the state face an “unprecedented” homelessness crisis as housing prices skyrocket. Waiting lists for affordable properties are getting longer by the day with demand for housing support in the state’s south-east increasing by 30 per cent in recent months. Shane Maddock, CEO of ac.care told... Read more
05
Mar 21

Challenging stereotypes and valuing lived experience

This International Women’s Day, award-winning SA volunteer and grandmother of six, Marg McClure, is choosing to challenge two things: the lack of support for grandcarers who pick up the pieces when families fall apart, and the lack of respect society affords to the experience and skills of older women. South Australia’s Marg McClure is not one to rest on her laurels. Winner of both the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Service and the For Good Foundation’s Hunt for a Hero Award... Read more
15
Feb 21

Connecting with community

Through her financial counselling work at Centacare, Sam Forsyth has learned that fridges and washing machines are always so much more than white goods. They can in fact be the spark that sets someone on the path to financial and emotional wellbeing. Financial hardship wears many guises. Sam Forsyth, Manager of Service Development at Centacare, says that while the individual circumstances and causes vary, every one of the clients she sees has one thing in common. “They come to our... Read more
30
Nov 20

Little things that make a big difference: Women’s Safety Services SA

“If only you could see some of the faces on these children when they have new school uniforms, new drink bottles, new shoes,” says Sally Murn, Aboriginal Education Specialist at Women’s Safety Services SA. “It makes such a difference. It’s huge for them.” The first day at a new school is a milestone moment, particularly for some of the young Aboriginal children Sally works with. Many of these children, along with their mothers, have left everything they owned behind after... Read more
23
Nov 20

Leaving a legacy for South Australians

The Wyatt Trust was humbled to recently receive a generous gift from the will of the late Max and Martha Grahn. Max and Martha were a humble immigrant couple who fled the tumult of Europe and arrived in Australia after World War 2. Valuing a quiet, rural life, the couple eventually purchased land near Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula. The Grahns had no children but wished to help their adopted country and chose Wyatt for its enduring reputation for offering practical... Read more
09
Oct 20

2021 Colin Oliver Tertiary Music Scholarship

Applications for The Wyatt Trust’s Colin Oliver Tertiary Music Scholarship are invited from eligible students planning to study at The Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2021. The successful applicant will receive a one-off payment of up to $7,500 in their first year of enrolment. In accordance with Wyatt’s Trust Deed, applicants for Wyatt scholarships must be South Australian residents who: have lived in South Australia for a minimum of 5 years are on low incomes, or reside in low-income households... Read more