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Nov 21

New program under development for older women and sole parent families

The experience of older women and sole parent families of making ends meet, abruptly finding themselves in changed circumstances, or feeling they are only an event away from being trapped in poverty is something Wyatt’s partners have long spoken about. Understanding these experiences, and how we can best provide support to the growing number of older women and sole parent families in financial hardship, will be the focus of a new grants program in 2022. Working closely with organisations and... Read more
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Nov 21

The sky is the limit: Studio Purpose

Thanuja Hiripitiyage has worked in the homelessness sector for close to a decade, with a deliberate focus on early intervention. As Program Manager for ac.care’s Murraylands Homelessness Service Thanuja has spent the past five and a half years securing the Studio Purpose project, a collaborative initiative between local agencies and community partners, which provides stable housing, a safe environment and extensive support for young people. “Homelessness is a broad social issue and vulnerable people cannot overcome serious challenges in their... Read more
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Nov 21

South Australian Media Spokesperson Training

About the training  The Economic Media Centre has a simple theory of change: by increasing the diversity of voices represented in the mainstream media on economic issues, we shift the economic discourse and help deliver more inclusive economic policies.  Media Spokesperson Training is a practical, hands-on, two-day, free training that will equip you with the skills to proactively engage with the media – through print newspapers, online outlets, radio and television. Who is this training for? This program is designed... Read more
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Oct 21

Congratulations to Aya Yves, winner of the JobSeeker Anthem

The inaugural JobSeeker Anthem songwriting competition has been won by Sydney-based singer/songwriter Aya Yves. The JobSeeker Anthem Song Challenge was launched this year as a community-based contest that aims to amplify the calls for a fairer Australia by giving voice to the detrimental impacts of the JobSeeker payment, which at $308 per week is more than $140 below the poverty line. More than one million Australians receive a JobSeeker payment of just $44 per day, forcing them into a poverty... Read more
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Oct 21

Digital Inclusion Grants – Grant Round Open

A new grant round offering up to $15,000 per grant has been launched to support short-term projects that improve digital inclusion for South Australians on low incomes. Digital technology has become an essential part of life, work, learning, accessing essential services and family and social connection and this new opportunity is responding to the fact that not everyone can access and use technology and the internet to enhance and improve their daily lives. Digital Inclusion Grants We are inviting applications... Read more
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Sep 21

Now Open! Lions Club of Richmond Youth Education Fund

Lions Club of Richmond Youth Education Fund now open! This grant fund is made possible through the team of Lions Club of Richmond volunteers who run the popular op shop warehouse in Camden Park. Lions Club of Richmond partners with The Wyatt Trust (Wyatt) to distribute the proceeds of their fundraising to support local children and young people. Wyatt has provided support to South Australians experiencing poverty for more than 130 years. We challenge the beliefs that perpetuate inequality because... Read more
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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
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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
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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