THE STORY SO FAR
The Denmark Community Foundation (WA) Inc. has regularly been successful in acquiring and distributing “Back to School” funding, making a difference to local families and students at the start of the school year. The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Sidney Myer and Pratt Family Foundations have supported Denmark through the Foundation for a number of years.
Local families receive back to school financial assistance for their children through this initiative delivered by the Denmark Community Foundation. Back to School vouchers are distributed locally, in partnership with local schools and businesses to help reduce the burden of costs associated with the commencement of a new school year e.g. school uniforms and other learning resources. Ask your children’s school about accessing these.
Denmark SHS Principal Diane Cole (left) receives back-to-school vouchers from DCF Chairperson Dr Gill Sellar. Photo by Bev McGuiness
(L-R) DCF Chairperson Dr Gill Sellar, Denmark College of Agriculture Deputy Principal Kevin Osborne, Boarding Manager Kelli Gillies, Principal Kevin Beale and DCF Director Bev McGuiness. Photo by DCF
Denmark Primary School Principal Damien Luscombe receives back-to-school vouchers from DCF Director Bev McGuiness. Photo by DCF
Community Grants: Previous Recipients
Sarabande Early Music Ensemble
In Preparation for the production of the early baroque opera 'Judgment of Paris' to be staged as the opening to the Denmark Festival of Voice on June 2nd 2017, Sarabande, as part of the Community Orchestra, and the Community Chorus will participate in weekly workshops during November and December, 2016, and from February to end of May, 2017.
These workshop/rehearsals will be lead by local musicians Carlien Trotter for the Chorus and Jude Iddison for the Orchestra. These local conductors will enhance their skills by working closely with the Vocal Coach/Stagecraft and Music Directors, from Perth who have both had extensive training in the baroque approach.
Stepping Out - Two
Stepping Out - Two was created to provide mature singles in Denmark with opportunities to socialise as well as encourage friendship and companionship through affordable and fun events, outings and activities. Loneliness and isolation is a very real and present issue facing all ages in Denmark and Stepping Out - Two is making a concerted effort to alleviate this for the mature singles in our community.
Denmark Weed Action Group
Denmark Weed Action Group's (DWAG) work is recognised throughout the region's natural resource community. The results of several decades of effective management of our shire's bushland has given Denmark a showcase of reserves and biodiversity. DWAG's skills and expertise have been used to sponsor weeding groups in Torbay, Walpole and other locations. Denmark Community Foundation is pleased to offer financial support toward the replacement their ageing ute to keep up their fantastic work.
St John Ambulance - Denmark
St John Ambulance (SJA) - Denmark recently pulled together the funding to extend the centre; allowing volunteer ambulance officers to stay overnight when on-call. This will enable those officers from further out of town to volunteer for night shifts, improve response times and overall morale. SJA will use their community grant to install reverse cycle air-conditioning in this section; an absolute must for Denmark Winters and Summers!
Gumnut Corner Denmark - Occasional Daycare Centre
Gumnut Corner (or 'Gumnuts' as it's affectionately known around town) is a local, not-for-profit daycare centre that has been supporting local families for 20 years. Gumnut Corner is planning a community event to celebrate their history and with some assistance from the Denmark Community Foundation, are sure to put on a cracking event! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.
Spirit of Play Community School received $1,000 toward a Mindful Awareness Parenting (MAP) program that aimed to strengthen and support parents and care-givers in the way they raise and nurture children.
MAP teaches people to be mindful of their own values, feelings, thoughts and reactions so they can parent and provide care in more respectful, sensitive and nurturing way.
The program aims to develop secure attachments between parents/care givers and children by teaching the values of sensitive and consistent parenting whereby they respond to their child's relationship needs with strength and kindness.
Green Skills 'Tip It Up!' program.
The Tip it UP Project developed community members’ basic manual tool-handling and DIY skills. It provided:
an inclusive social learning space in the theme of recycling and up cycling materials from the Denmark Tip Shop
an opportunity for social interaction between people with a diverse range of abilities and disabilities
Kitchen Garden @ CWA - Promoting healthy eating and intergenerational gatherings through food and garden.
CWA created a thriving organic garden in a central location where members of the community can attend workshops to improve their gardening/cooking/preserving skills with a focus on years of CWA knowledge, healthy living and intergenerational bonding.
Denmark Centre for Sustainable LIving - The Sanctuary Project
DCFF contributed to the installation of a heater for use during the colder months at the Sanctuary. The heater will be well utilised at the facility which is accessed by a range of local community groups such as Denmark Arts, the Quakers, yoga teachings, choir and chanting groups, peace and reconciliation events and local music groups. Installation and painting of the wood heater for the Sanctuary assisted in part by a grant from the Denmark Community’s Future Fund a subsidiary of the WA Community Foundation.
‘A Smart Start Denmark’
A project designed to provide families with information on the development and milestones of their children from 0 to 4 years. The Denmark Community’s Future grant assisted in the purchase of manuals and books to support local mothers with new infants.
ECLECTICA – Denmark’s Community Choir
The Eclectica Community Choir received funds in support of the ‘Digby to Denmark’ project, where highly talented musician, director and teacher visited Denmark for workshops with the choir with the aim of improving vocal techniques, presentation and repertoire and directing skills.