SISTER2sister Youth Mentoring – Empowering Teenage Girls

“What you are in life results in great part from the influence exerted on you over the years by just a few people”. Eleanor Roosevelt

Who were the most important people in shaping your life? This month we’re excited to share a grant story about SISTER2sister with you, the only program of its kind in Australia which provides integrated, holistic, trauma-informed mentoring and education to vulnerable teenage girls. The Duffield-Thomas Family Fund (held with the Fremantle Foundation) chose to support this program because of the opportunities it gives to young women.

SISTER2Sister is a unique early intervention program which combined the benefits of one-on-one mentoring, monthly life skills workshops focusing on core underlying issues such as self-esteem, resilience, anxiety, anger management, trauma and health, as well as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities designed to challenge the girls, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and tap into their limitless potential.⠀

In 2018 the SISTER2sister program paired 35 at-risk teenage girls with a Big Sister Mentor. who empowers them to overcome life’s challenges and reach their full potential.

“Having a strong female role model is extremely important, especially when girls lack a positive female role model. Through mentoring you have the ability to be a trusted person outside someone’s bubble that can help them with their truth. Helping girls make decisions about the women they want to be for no one else but for themselves is a special place to be”.

Robyn, Big Sister Mentor

At the end of the year-long SISTER2sister mentoring program, the girls now have the tools and support to break the cycle of deeply entrenched inter-generational societal issues including unemployment/poverty, addiction, and lack of education, domestic violence, abuse/neglect and unplanned teenage pregnancy.

The girls are now able to:

  • Demonstrate positive risk management skills to assist them to deal with their past trauma, circumstances and mental health issues
  • Live in a safe environment with support
  • Become financially secure through successfully obtaining and retaining employment and/or be enrolled in education
  • Maintain survival skills independently
  • Demonstrate high self-worth
  • Attract and maintain positive friendships and relationships
  • Have a sense of belonging and social inclusion 

“We were all on the brink and a little bit of guidance changed this – you think you know everything but now you know everything but now you can accept mistakes you’ve made and recognise it was not a healthy lifestyle you lived”. ⠀

Little Sister Mentee⠀

Although the 2018 SISTER2sister 2018 program has now formally ended, 95% of mentors continue to support their mentees after the formal program ends. 

The SISTER2sister mentoring program continues to support mentees beyond graduation. Little Sisters have ongoing access to the Butterfly Support program which is a wraparound service linking girls in to additional support services in the community as needed e.g. emergency accommodation, legal aid and counselling services. In addition to the SISTER2sister mentoring program, participants and graduates of the program have access to the Butterfly Opportunity Program which offers mathematics/IT scholarships, work experience, apprenticeships, employment and much more.

The Duffield-Thomas Family Fund supported Life Changing Experience Foundation’s SISTER2Sister program in 2018. ⠀

Denise Duffield-Thomas is a highly successful money mindset mentor and author for a new wave of entrepreneurs. Denise helps women create wealth through her mindset courses and practical wisdom on releasing money blocks. Mark Duffield Thomas is a business coach and former sports marketing consultant for some of the biggest football brands in the world.

Denise and Mark are keen to support the community in a bigger and more strategic way through philanthropy and are happy to support projects throughout Australia. Their areas of impact include Environment and Climate Change, Women and Children, and Advocacy.

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And the winner of Impact100 Fremantle 2018 is…

Last Thursday night 160+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists.

Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.

This year Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, Fremantle PCYC and ICEA Foundation raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game changing $100,000 grant.

Fremantle PCYC

Fremantle PCYC were the recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will allow them to run a Breakfast Club for vulnerable and at-risk children in Fremantle for the next two years.

Breakfast Club will provide breakfast for 30+ children aged 5 to 12 years every Monday and Wednesday morning during school terms in 2019 and 2020. Children will arrive by 7.30 and have a healthy breakfast following exercise or targeted activities, and then be walked to school.

Overall, the program aims to improve the food security and nutrition of children living in disadvantage and providing them an equal opportunity to excel academically, emotionally and socially.

Congratulations to Julie Gorman, Daniel Roy and the team at Fremantle PCYC!

Finalists each receive $5,000 grant

Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Black Swan Health, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and ICEA Foundation to each receive a $5,000 grant.

Thank you to our Donors

Impact100 Fremantle is only possible because of the generosity of our donors.


Donations are now open for Impact100 Fremantle ’19

Donations now open for Impact100 Fremantle 2019

Be part of the Impact100 Fremantle donor community in 2019!

Give $1,000 and make a $100,000 difference in your community.

Donations are now open for Impact100 Fremantle 2019. You can choose to:

  • Donate $1,000 up front
  • Or choose to give $100 a month for the next 10 months

If you would like to give to Impact100 Fremantle 2019 as part of a group or workplace please contact our Social Impact Manager, Hannah Fitch-Rabbitt, who can assist you to make this easy for each member of your group to give.

Want to continue supporting our Finalists?

Black Swan Health – Freo Street Doctor


Black Swan Health welcomes all support from the Fremantle community and from the Impact 100 Fremantle donors.

Freo Street Doctor clinics are delivered daily within City of Fremantle. Black Swan Health actively seek volunteers for the Freo Street Doctor service. Volunteers support the sustainability of the service and allow the organisation to expand the reach of Freo Street Doctor to more people in need of health care.

Volunteering with Freo Street Doctor provides the opportunity to experience and contribute to the sense of community that is welcomed by our clients. The opportunity to have a conversation with people at Freo Street Doctor clinics is welcomed by clients who often find it hard to engage with people in other locations.


Freo Street Doctor is generously supported with donations of items that are shared with our clients such as blankets and hand-knitted winter items, swags and bedding, toiletries and personal care items.Black Swan Health welcome all donations of these items which enables us to enrich our clients lives by just knowing someone has thought about their wellbeing.

Black Swan Health welcomes all financial support for Freo Street Doctor. We undertake all opportunities to maintain a financially viable service and all donations support additional clinic sessions.

Each donation of $500 will support expenses associated with a Freo Street Doctor clinic including salary for the Outreach Worker and GP, vehicle running costs and medical supplies used in the provision of health care.

$ 1,000 will support 2 clinics and the health care of up to 10 people

$ 5,000 will support 10 clinics and the health care of up to 50 people

$10,000 will support 20 clinics and the health care of up to 100 people

$10,000 guarantees a clinic can be delivered once a week for 5 months

For more information about Freo Street Doctor and their contact details CLICK HERE.

Fremantle Men’s Community Shed

Become a Member

Join the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and become a Member!

Membership forms are available online here.


Do you have expertise you feel may be of value to the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed?! Skilled volunteers are always welcomed and valued.


$1,000; Funds would be utilised by professionally producing an e-booklet providing individuals and support organisations for persons in our target groups.

$5,000; Cost per 5-week workshop is $2,906. Funds would be utilised by completing two off 5- week workshops with the revenue shortfall utilising funds raised from our community initiatives

$10,000; Cost per 5-week workshop is $2,906. Funds would be utilised by completing four off 5- week workshops with the revenue shortfall utilising funds raised from our community initiatives

For more information about Fremantle Men’s Community Shed and their contact details CLICK HERE.

Fremantle PCYC


PCYC absolutely depends on the efforts of volunteers.

Fremantle PCYC currently need people to drive the bus to drop kids off at home after the PCYC closes.

Volunteers also lend a hand supervising the Safe Space program and the Breakfast Club and other programs with an attendant youth worker.

Donors would be made to feel most welcome should they wish to volunteer their time in a hands on capacity or they may contribute in other ways such as collecting needed donations such as food and donations or they may have other skills that could be put to good use.

Working with disadvantaged young people has its challenges, but in the end, when you see the impact that just small interventions have with these children, it makes it all worthwhile! 


The Fremantle PCYC has been fortunate to receive small amounts of monies to commence some of our youth diversionary programs, designed to attract and engage with different segments of Fremantle’s young people. 

For example, Safe Sistas is a spin on the Safe Space program which is aimed at young women specifically, bringing them together for one night a week to learn personal development in an environment that is supportive and safe, without judgement or distractions. It’s a place the girls feel safe, hang with friends, get away from their troubles at home and learn some valuable life skills such as resume writing, cooking and personal development.

Another project which has been funded through small grants which is currently running is the Gnarniny Program at Hilton Harvest Community Garden – a food-based program where participants grow, harvest and then prepare their own food – they learn lessons in nutrition, taking care of things and working with others.

These are just two of the many projects we could not have delivered if not for the generous donations previously received. Additional donations are able to support further youth diversionary programs.

For more information about Fremantle PCYC and their contact details CLICK HERE.

ICEA Foundation

Yarn with ICEA Foundation

A vital step in moving forward towards reconciliation is to ensure all Australians know about Australia’s shared history, Australia’s First Peoples and the world’s oldest surviving culture. Yarn is a youth-to-youth program that facilitates an understanding of cultural identity, shared history and reconciliation. 

Book a Yarn with ICEA for your business, community or local school.


10 FOR 10

Traditionally 10 years of marriage is rewarded with tin, suppose that means it’s time for ICEA to start rattling tins.

After 10 years of learning, growing, and evolving ICEA couldn’t be more proud of what they have achieved in the last 10 years.

To allow the growth to continue ICEA are turning to the community who have always been an integral part of the ICEA Family.

For $10 a month you can empower other Australians to get on board and we can shift the Australian story together. 


Find 50 is a collective fundraising initiative building a community of like-minded donors who are passionate about supporting ICEA’s mission of moving towards reconciliation.

For a tax deductible donation of $1,000, you will:

For more information about ICEA Foundation and their contact details CLICK HERE.


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Grant Story: Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Employment Access

Nearly one year on from the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night and major grant recipient Ngalla Maya are going from strength to strength. 
Founder and CEO of Ngalla Maya, Mervyn Eades, discusses the impact their organisation is having on the lives of young men and women in Fremantle and WA –
“Ngalla Maya creating Hope within our community giving our people real purpose by helping our people break out of their impoverished upbringing but it’s not just about giving them access to Training & Employment ; it’s about empowering them with a sense of self-belief within themselves by giving them access to programs and mentors and Employment opportunities equip them with the right tools it’s also giving them that stability within a earned income and suddenly they are no longer disconnected and they feel like they’re a part of the bigger picture in society and they regain that sense of belonging and worthiness empowerment of ones self as our people are all so capable and all have such high talent all they need is to be given the options and opportunities and support to reach their goals and dreams”.

Ngalla Maya has had great success with their program thanks to support of the Impact100 Fremantle grant.

Ngalla Maya have placed 56 indigenous candidates in full time employment and trained 80 indigenous candidates in Certificate 3 Construction and 43 indigenous candidates in Certificate 2 and 3 in Retail, Hospitality and Commercial cleaning.

They provide support and mentoring to all our candidates throughout the training and job placement. 

Additionally through the First Nations Homelessness Project (FNHP), Ngalla Maya have vastly improved property standards and healthy living standards for 7 families facing eviction in the Fremantle area. Between now and December FNHP be closing 7 more cases in the Fremantle area.

Four months prior to this photograph being taken this young Nyoongar man was in Maximum Security at Casuarina Prison. 
Today he is working on a remote community housing project in remote WA earning a living without the life of crime as a need to provide for himself and his children. He has been employed as an electrical trade assistant doing a 3/1 roster.
This is just one of the many success stories Ngalla Maya have to share as they work to break the cycle of recidivism and the over-incarceration of First Nation people.
Make sure you join us at this year’s Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night to hear about the inspiring work of the 2018 Finalists.

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INVITE: Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night

We’re pleased to invite you to the Impact100 Fremantle Voting & Awards Night on Thursday, 1st November.

Come along and hear presentations from our 4 amazing finalists pitch for a game changing grant of $100,000.

We warmly encourage you to bring along your friends, family and colleagues to the Fremantle Old Boys School to be part of this special community event.


6.00PM, Thursday 1st November


Old Boys School

92 Adelaide St. Fremantle

(Entry via the courtyard off Cantonment St)


  • Inspirational presentations from our 4x finalists to learn how their projects foster belonging in Fremantle 
  • An update from Ngalla Maya  – our 20187 Impact100 Fremantle winner
  • Delicious catering from Little Sister Delicatessen 
  • Complimentary drink on arrival and cash bar available
  • 2018 Impact100 Fremantle donors will have the chance to vote to help decide the winning grant recipient
  • Finally, the Major Grant and Runner-Up Grants will be announced for 2018


Adults – $35.00 

Under 18 – Free

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Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.

This has made an incredible impact for our previous five winners: Ngalla Maya, Night Hoops, Growing Change, FORM/100 Hampton Rd Kitchen and Dismantle.

How can we create a community where all people feel a sense of belonging? 

In the recently published Fremantle’s Vital Signs, Belonging was one of four key categories taking the pulse of our community. 

Belonging is important for a vibrant and healthy community. A feeling of belonging can assist individuals in leading a healthy and rewarding life with a strong sense of agency. 

In Fremantle we pride ourselves on a strong community spirit and a sense of real belonging, but who is missing out? There are people who live in and around Fremantle that don’t experience that sense of connection, community and belonging. How do we remove barriers and open doors to give these people stronger options and choices to participate in a real sense of belonging? 

In 2018, Impact100 Fremantle is invited organisations and projects that are creating opportunities for people to feel a stronger sense of belonging in our community.

2018 Finalists

We are pleased to present our finalists for 2018.

One of the following organisations will receive a game changing grant of $100,000 at the Voting and Awards Night on Thursday 1st November:

  • Black Swan Health, Freo Street Doctor Plus – integrate an experienced Mental Health professional at Freo Street Doctor clinics in the Fremantle area 

  • Fremantle Men’s Community Shed – hands on, skills based workshops for persons living with disadvantage

  • Fremantle PCYC, Breakfast Club – support at-risk youth, improve their health and nutrition and set them up that day to engage in learning at school

  • ICEA Foundation – comprehensive community yarn program for Fremantle schools, businesses and community members

To learn more about our four finalists and their inspiring projects, head to our website.

Above: 2018 Impact100 Fremantle Finalists Fremantle PCYC, ICEA Foundation, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed & Black Swan Health

We need your help to reach our target

We are still looking for donors to help us reach our target.

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to get involved in giving and together make a significant impact in your local community.

It is not too late to join the Impact100 Fremantle community as a donor in 2018!

Donate now and help decide which organisation will receive a game changing $100,000 grant at the Awards Night.

We will continue taking donations right up until the Thursday 1st of November. Encourage your friends and family to become donors too!


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Donor Story: Brothers in Philanthropy

Fremantle Dockers Bradley and Stephen Hill share a lot as brothers. They are team mates on the field, business partners off the field and now they are stepping in to the world of philanthropy together. We are excited to announce Bradley and Stephen have set up the a KX Fremantle Fund with the Fremantle Foundation to coincide with the launch of their new business venture KX Pilates Fremantle. 
We look forward to helping Bradley and Stephen and the KX Fremantle Fund with their focus to support women and girls in the community. 
The launch of KX Pilates Fremantle on Saturday 15th of September will be a fundraising event for the KX Fremantle Fund. To learn more about the KX Fremantle Fund or KX Pilates Fremantle’s Opening Offer visit their website.

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Grant Story: Beyond the Game

Fremantle Dockers players doubled-down on their commitment to support young people in the Fremantle community last month with the launch of their Beyond the Game project at Fremantle PCYC.

Fremantle players will donate their personal time to helping out with the Night Hoops youth engagement program and the Fremantle PCYC Safe Space program.

To launch the initiative Fremantle players spent the afternoon playing basketball, taking part in team-building exercises, a sumo-suit activity and even cooking sausages for around 60 local kids aged 10-18.

The project follows the players creating their own charitable fund with the Fremantle Foundation, Fremantle Players’ Community Giving this year and granting $5,000 to both Night Hoops and Fremantle PCYC Safe Space.

Nat Fyfe spent time chatting to his biggest fans between shooting hoops, while Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne dutifully manned the snags. Between the players and the kids it was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves the most. 

Fremantle player Tommy Sheridan said Fremantle Players’ Community Giving was all about finding ways to leverage community benefit out of the unique opportunity professional athletes have to reach young people. “We are in a really lucky position to be able to do what we love as a profession,” Sheridan said. “And we want to use that platform to share the message that even luck comes on the back of a lot of hard work and sacrifice, and help young people be the very best version of themselves that they can be.”

Night Hoops board member Griffin Longley said the initiative of the Fremantle players was an inspiring example of communities working together to support and mentor young people in need.

“Creating an inclusive and connected community is everyone’s business, and I think we can all take a lead from what these young football players are doing.”

Fremantle PCYC Centre Manager Julie Gorman said the organisation was proud to be hosting the project launch. “Projects like this show, yet again, how important youth engagement opportunities are to building stronger, more connected communities.

“Whether a youth is at risk or simply wanting to develop leadership and their potential, PCYC’s inclusive approach is resulting in tangible outcomes for the wider Fremantle community.”

Click Here to listen to Tommy Sheridan talk to Simon Beaumont on 6PR Afternoons about the launch of Beyond the Game.


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Impact100 Fremantle Final 4

We are pleased to announce the Final 4 organisations for Impact100 Fremantle 2018.

We would like to thank all of the 8 shortlisted organisations for welcoming Impact100 Fremantle donors into their workplaces and sharing stories and experiences of their work in the Fremantle community.

Asking the question, ‘How do we create a community with a greater sense of belonging?’, it was a challenging decision for our donors to narrow down the shortlist of 8 organisations to a Final 4.

Black Swan Health – Freo Street Doctor Plus

Established in 2014 as an independent not-for-profit company, with a mission to deliver health, mental health and disability services that achieve the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for the community and for individuals who require care and support. Black Swan Health delivers 19 tailored health, mental health, disability and wellbeing programs and services, including the iconic Freo Street Doctor.

Freo Street Doctor patients most commonly present with mental health conditions, however struggle to access additional mental health services due to barriers such as cost, cultural appropriateness and accessibility.

The proposed project will improve the mental health outcomes for our homeless and marginalised clients by integrating an experienced Mental Health professional at Freo Street Doctor clinics in the Fremantle area. The Mental Health Professional will offer brief mental health interventions and support each client to engage in ongoing treatment as required.

Fremantle Community Men’s Shed – A Place to Build, Connect and Belong Workshops

Since it’s beginnings in 2004 the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed’s core mission has been about building community connections and belongings.

Fremantle Men’s Community Shed’s “The Shed – A Place to Build, Connect and Belong” Impact100 Project will provide opportunities for persons living with disadvantage, disconnect or isolation to participate in the Shed at every level.

The Impact100 Project will run over a 24-month period and consist of 32 hands-on workshop modules. Each module will run over a 5-week period, consisting of a three-hour weekly workshop.

The workshops, with a focus on wood & metal, are structured to optimise success in tool use, skills for independent living and social connection for disadvantaged men, women and children.

Fremantle PCYC – Breakfast Club

The Fremantle PCYC has been operating in Hilton since 1976, delivering opportunities for young people to develop personal skills to improve their educational, social and health outcomes through the delivery of two broad youth services: development (or intervention programs) and recreational activities.

Breakfast Club will provide breakfast for up to 30 children aged 5 to 12 years every Monday and Wednesday morning during school terms in 2019 and 2020. Children will arrive by 7.30 and have a healthy breakfast following exercise or targeted activities, and then be walked to school.

Overall, the program aims to improve the food security and nutrition of children living in disadvantage and providing them an equal opportunity to excel academically, emotionally and socially.

ICEA Foundation – Yarn Program

Since its inception in 2006, ICEA has remained a youth-led organisation, working with young people to achieve reconciliation in Western Australia.

TYarn program is a series of workshops in schools discussing racism, reconciliation, and prejudice. It involves taking two young people who are passionate about reconciliation, equipping them with the skills and techniques they need to facilitate productive and open conversation, and putting them in the same room as other

The aim of this project is to run workshops with Fremantle schools, community members, and businesses exploring the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The project presents an opportunity to streamline four of ICEA’s programs into one geographical location in order to access and engage a range of key groups in a productive conversation about reconciliation.

Save the Date: Voting and Awards Night

Put Thursday 1st November in your diary – the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night is your opportunity as an Impact100 Fremantle donor to listen to the Final 4 pitches and vote for the organisation you want to win the game changing $100,000 grant.

Tickets will be available from Monday 1st October.

Donate Now

If you haven’t already completed your donation to Impact100 Fremantle, Donate Now to ensure you have your say in which of the Final 4 organisations will go onto the win the $100,000 grant.

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Trailblazer coming to Perth – Genevieve Timmons

Contemporary Giving through Community Foundations

It’s with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for a special event in Perth to hear from Genevieve Timmons, one of the most beloved figures in Australian philanthropy. 

Hear from Genevieve’s extensive experience on how philanthropists are matching their motivations with cost effective and focused funding programs by engaging with community foundations as part of the savvy and contemporary world of giving.

Group bookings

This free evening event is perfect for everyone – from Named Fund donors to Professional Advisers and people interested in learning more about philanthropy.

Individual and group bookings of 8x people are available.

Fremantle Foundation and Australian Communities Foundation

Fremantle Foundation is proud to partner with Australian Communities Foundation to bring you this unique opportunity, generously hosted by Bankwest. 

Please see all the details below and follow this link to RSVP.

Workshop: A deeper dive into contemporary giving

While in town, Genevieve will also be facilitating a special 2 hour deeper dive into contemporary giving through community foundations. 

Join donors of the Fremantle Foundation for this in-depth session and take the next step with your philanthropy. 

2 HOUR Workshop: Contemporary Giving through Community Foundations
9.30am – 11.30AM
Wednesday 19 September
Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle
This workshop is delivered in partnership with Australian Communities Foundation.

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Grant Story – Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Access & Inclusion Program

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre with the kind support of JM Wright Memorial Fund (held by the Fremantle Foundation) will be offering special Auslan interpreted performances for their theatre performances of The Farmer’s Daughter and The Night Zoo. 

Having an Auslan interpreter service offered at Spare Parts’ will provide equal access to arts and entertainment for people who are Deaf and their friends and families. An interpreter (specialised in signing for theatre) prepare by using a script and also attend a show, then perform live side-of-stage.

Participants’ active engagement in the arts and cultural activities fosters social connectedness and promotes social inclusion. It also contributes to the community’s wellbeing by connecting people with others and in doing so, enhances quality of life of the participants, their families and the community at large.


Tickets are available to the upcoming Auslan interpreted performances of The Night Zoo.

Saturday 29 September 2018               Wednesday 3 October 2018

10:00AM – 11:00AM                               10:00AM – 11:00AM


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