Easternwell grants program supports Toowoomba community groups

Community groups in the Toowoomba region have received more than $13,000 through the latest round of community grants from Easternwell, a subsidiary of Broadspectrum.

Much needed funds are going to a variety of groups including Goodstart Early Learning, Toowoomba Choral Society, South Sudanese Australian Women’s Association, Sunrise Way Rehabilitation, Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club, C & K Oakey Community Kindergarten and Darling Downs Athletics.

Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Way Rehabilitation, Wendy Agar said the grant was used to purchase outdoor furniture and umbrellas.

“The outdoor furniture and umbrellas will provide a safe space in our gardens for our clients to socialise and practice the communication skills they learn in our program. It is essential they build support networks with other people in recovery for when they exit our program and re-enter the community.”

Toowoomba Choral Society was another local recipient who received a grant to purchase a new music stand trolley.

Grants Officer of Toowoomba Choral Society, Leona Carter said, “The music stand trolley allows us to safely store our music stands and provides ease of movement of music stands for events including orchestra, concerts, youth holidays theatre workshops, choir and our annual musical.”

Further demonstrating Easternwell’s commitment to the Toowoomba region, Kim Lavercombe from C & K Oakey Community Kindergarten said their grant was used to create an Indigenous welcoming mural.

“Local Indigenous artist Kim Walmsley worked with our children to develop a welcoming mural to teach them about Indigenous culture and make our centre a welcoming and safe learning space for all cultures in our community.”

Since the launch of the grass roots initiative in 2011, Easternwell has provided more than $114,500 to 78 groups in the Toowoomba region.

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager, Tim Phelan, said the program was specifically developed to provide much needed support to local organisations that do so much in our communities.

“There are countless community groups, clubs and associations in our operating areas who provide important services to their communities.”

“Easternwell is focused on supporting the regions where we conduct business and our grants program is one of the ways we are creating lasting benefits for community members who count on the vital support of these organisations in their day to day lives.”

The next round of Easternwell Community Grants opens June 2019. Eligible groups may apply for funding of up to $2,000. For more information visit www.easternwell.com.au/communitygrants

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