Cerebral Palsy Alliance
From 2011-2016, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance were successful in receiving funding from the Greater Charitable Foundation for their Ignition, Ignition Lite and Emerge Mentoring programs. These programs paired Greater Bank staff with teenagers and young adults living with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities. The Greater Bank staff mentored the young people through the nine-month long programs, which were ultimately aimed at helping participants learn new skills, gain more confidence and prepare themselves for continued study or employment. Parents of the participants were also provided the opportunity to build networks with other parents during the course of the program. During the course of the funding, more than 50 Greater Bank staff volunteered their time as program mentors, giving close to 700 hours each year to the program.
Youth Off The Streets
From 2019-mid 2021, Greater Charitable Foundation provided funding for the Hunter Suspension Program. The pilot program addressed the high rate of school suspensions and expulsions in the Hunter New England region by offering a tutoring and a support program for young people to access while they were suspended from High School. The program also worked closely with the young person’s family, their school, and local community organisations, to assist their transition back into the school setting.
From 2013-2015, the Greater Charitable Foundation provided funding for the Hunter Valley Futures Program to support 12-14 local communities within the greater Cessnock and Maitland regions focusing on tailored early-intervention and education programs for disadvantaged children and young people. Through building rapport with disadvantaged youth, the program developed social cohesion through linking young people to local support services, the labour market, education, family and community services. Youth Off The Streets used a grass-roots, street-based model by going to the young people and engaging with them "on their own turf". Greater Bank staff engaged with the Hunter Valley Futures Program, attending several Outreach sessions to assist in the delivery of the program