We build long-term partnerships to create significant impact.
At Clayton Utz, we partner with community organisations to address disadvantage and facilitate change. We work with our Community Partners to provide assistance and support that is substantial and integrated by matching their needs.
We arrange staff volunteers (supported by Community Leave). We hold goods collections to ensure food and other essential items reach those in need. We hold fundraising events and provide a range of in-kind support, including the use of office space for our Community Partners to hold meetings, events and briefings.
With over 20 Community Partners across Australia, Clayton Utz takes its responsibility to our communities seriously.
Brisbane: Save the Children Australia (Jebb Refuge)
Jebb Refuge, named after Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, has been a Brisbane Community Connect Partner for over ten years and their program has been supported by the Brisbane team through the co-ordination of staff collections and donations, legal assistance, training for Jebb staff and hosting meetings and events.
Jebb has also received multi-year funding from the Clayton Utz Foundation towards the costs of running two houses for women and children escaping domestic and family violence who require accommodation for an extended support period. Jebb's holistic model supports the recovery and positive long-term outcomes for women and children while providing them with crisis and transitional accommodation so that they are emotionally and physically safe.
Save the Children has over 90 years of working with children. It is at the forefront of saving children’s lives when disasters strike and creating lasting change for children and their families through long-term development programs. Running programs around the world, it also works in every state in Australia and the NT.
Darwin: Australian Red Cross
Since 2006, CU has sent 129 volunteers to take part in the Australian Red Cross Remote Holiday programs in Indigenous communities on the Tiwi Islands. This program takes place during the July school holidays with volunteers and community members running activity programs, including sports, arts and movie nights in a safe and respectful environment. The purpose of the program is to provide cultural awareness experiences for volunteers, engage youth in meaningful activities during the school holiday period and empower the local community to lead the program and share their skills and knowledge.
In the words of Leslie Pyne, the Wurrumiyanga Remote Holiday Program Team Leader:
“the Remote Holiday Program ran smoothly because everyone did his or her part and the volunteers worked comfortably alongside their Tiwi mentors. Every day provided new opportunities for the volunteers to learn about Tiwi way and develop meaningful youth engagement strategies guided by the local staff.”
Perth: Wirrpanda Foundation
Since 2013 Clayton Utz has worked with our long-term Perth Community Connect partner, Wirrpanda Foundation, by funding the delivery of the Deadly Sista Girlz program to Medina Primary School, Kwinana WA.
Deadly Sista Girlz is a culturally appropriate healthy lifestyles program for Aboriginal girls aged 8-18 years. The aim of this program is to engage, educate and empower at-risk or disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to make better choices for their health and their futures, with positive female Aboriginal mentors delivering weekly group sessions.
At the close of the program, the participants reported a more positive attitude towards their schooling after the program and indicated that they were more likely to choose healthier lifestyles options. Parents have also reported positive feedback from their daughters' participation: “I think it’s a great program, getting all the girls involved, I’ve seen a big improvement in my daughter’s confidence” - Year 3 Medina PS Parent
Clayton Utz have been supporting the work of FareShare for 6 years with volunteering, fundraising and pro bono. The Clayton Utz Foundation has provided grants to FareShare to assist the distribution of FareShare’s rescued food to schools in disadvantaged areas and to organisations working with disadvantaged and marginalised young people.
Our latest grant to FareShare is to help them establish the FareShare Kitchen Garden in Abbotsford. This will facilitate the preparation of food for charities and also provide opportunities to educate and train disadvantaged youth in horticulture and propagation. The project also provides opportunities for people on Community Based Orders.
Sydney: The Footpath Library
The Footpath Library (TFL) provides books for homeless people via mobile libraries, and through the establishment and regular replenishment of libraries in hostels, refuges, shelters and community organisations. Clayton Utz has partnered with TFL since 2009, providing weekly volunteers at the mobile library handing out books, biscuits and a cuppa, conducting book drives and offering in kind support.
The latest grant from the Clayton Utz Foundation has funded the mobile library in Martin Place in Sydney. This weekly service provides over 3,500 books and 2,500 hot drinks every year to homeless people.
Canberra: Hartley Lifecare
Hartley Lifecare provides disability support services to people suffering physical and complex disabilities and their carers in the ACT and region. The organisation has been a Community Connect partner since 2007, with CU representatives participating and fundraising in the Ability Cycle Challenges. This annual group challenge is a 465km cycle, which includes 5000 metres of climbing, from Canberra to Charlottes Pass in the Snowy Mountains and return.
The sustained fundraising effort from the Canberra office, the support of CU Foundation grants and continued pro bono assistance provide a significant and much‑needed boost to Hartley Lifecare's services and programs.
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