Refugees

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Education

In 2016, we partnered with Western Sydney University to provide 3-year scholarships worth $7500 each to 20 refugees. We have since extended our partnership to more universities, including the University of Technology Sydney and Deakin University providing over 80 years of refugee scholarships!

Empowerment

Our Crescent Champions Club has provided invaluable guidance on career progression, life choices and access to networks and connections. To date, we have facilitated over 60 one-on-one mentorships that have opened doors to job opportunities.

Employment

Our research partnership with The University of Sydney produced the "Employers Guide to Refugee Employment" which helps corporates better integrate refugees into their organisation.

Our research partnership with The University of Sydney produced the "Employers Guide to Refugee Employment" which helps corporates better integrate refugees into their organisation.

Helping the Homeless

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Working with Unity Grammar School and Brothers in Need, we put together “care packages” providing the homeless with essential resources. Through our Crescent Community Grants, we have been able to catalyse Brothers in Need’s medical, helping them give medical support to more homeless people across the country.

Our partnership with The Big Issue has assisted their programs in having an incredible impact on the lives of homeless people in Australia.

The Women’s Workforce

  • More than 180 women have been employed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth to pack subscriptions and complete social procurement work.
  • More than 1,500 shifts have been held and 700,000 magazines have been packed for subscribers.

The Big Issue Classroom

  • More than 200,000 students have taken part in workshops since the program launched in 2009.
  • 39 guest speakers have been employed and have completed more than 7,000 speaking opportunities.

Civics, Youth and Democracy

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We are proud to have helped the Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) expand its reach in recent years. Some of their awards include:

  • ZEST Award for Outstanding Project Promoting Social Cohesion and Community Harmony - 2017 (Real Talk)
  • Community Service Award 2017
  • Parliament House of Australia performance 2017
  • Pemulway Prize 2016
  • Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue's Community Engagement Award 2016

Our support of the Whitlam Institute has enabled them to increase the scope of their What Matters writing competition. In 2021, there was a 31% increase in participation compared to 2020, and a 164% increase of views of the Institute’s What Matters? Classroom Resources webpage. There was also a jump of 33% to 45% of total participants in the Year 5 and 6 categories reflecting an increase in interest from younger generations.