21st May 2020 in Health Futures Australia:
This week being National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
At this uncertain time HFA along with Volunteering Australia feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge not only Australia’s volunteers but also the many contributions of our local volunteers.
This week we highlight and pay tribute to The Daylesford Foundation 5 local residents within the Daylesford region and Hepburn Shire dedicated to helping people living in difficult circumstances lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Founded in 2018, this generous organisation has supported and had a positive impact on the lives of over 460 individuals this year to date. The scope of support ranges from household goods and musical instruments to car repairs and medical appliances.
The aim of The Daylesford Foundation is to provide support for those at certain times in their lives who cannot afford the basic essentials and are unable to access existing charitable or government aid.
This organisation is filling a major gap and fulfilling basic needs in the community by their generous tokens of kindness and financial support that otherwise would go unmet.
Thankyou Daylesford Foundation and for humbly touching and enhancing the lives of so many in our community.
Winter 2020 Issue Central Highlands Community Newsletter:
The withdrawal of emergency relief funding by the federal government several years ago has meant a reliance on donations and community good will to assist the most vulnerable members of our community. In 2019 a group of local philanthropists under the banner of
The Daylesford Foundation stepped in to help fill this gap in their local community. The Daylesford Foundation had resources but limited access and systems to provide service and Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) had access to the client group. Together we have been able to make a significant difference to the lives of many local people across the Hepburn Shire.
Central Highlands Rural Health staff work as a connecting agent, making referrals for assistance and then supporting the individual to work with The Daylesford Foundation to achieve what they need. In many instances it has been the purchase of whitegoods or assisting with urgent car repairs, however they have also generously provided people with computer equipment to aid return to study, purchase of second-hand car and medical equipment.
The generosity of The Daylesford Foundation and the skills of Central Highlands Rural Health staff have created a strong relationship which is improving people’s lives. This has led to a further formalising of our relationship into what we are calling the LIFT Project (Locals Inspiring Future Transformation). The project focuses the work of Central Highlands Rural Health staff to align with The Daylesford Foundation’s intention of improving people’s lives through building capacity and providing a resource to achieve what they need. For example, how do you study to get a job and work your way out of poverty if you can’t afford the resources to do so?
With the onset of Covid19, The Daylesford Foundation responded most favourably and rapidly by providing $5000 worth of food and fuel vouchers to be distributed to those members of our community impacted by job losses and other Covid19-related economic impacts. The relationships between Central Highlands Rural Health and The Daylesford Foundation is evidence of the importance of strong mutual relationships between our organisation and community groups.