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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 told... Read more
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
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
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