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OUR IMPACT

 

The wellbeing of children, young people and their families is at the heart of everything we do.
Our support programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

 

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At Cafs, your contribution counts.

 

We’ve been supporting children and families as a proudly independent organisation for nearly 160 years and, in that time, we have expanded to deliver more than 44 innovative support programs specifically designed to meet the needs of people across the Victorian Central Highlands.

 

Even the smallest donation makes a difference to someone experiencing hardship.

 

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help Cafs continue to support people across the Victorian Central Highlands.

Donate* today by following the link.

 
*Cafs is a registered charity and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible

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At Cafs we nurture a culture of inclusion and equity for all and challenging gender roles and stereotypes is an important priority for us.
Congratulations to Cafs CEO, Wendy Sturgess, for being named by @heraldsunphoto as one of Ballarat's most inspiring business women.
Click the link to read more about the dynamic women that have left their indelible mark on our region: https://shorturl.at/lrDHP#womeninbusiness #genderequity #wecare #ballarat
@qhubballarat  is now open for referrals!QHub is a safe space for young LGBTIQA+ people aged up to twenty-five years old.
Led by @queerspace_drummondstreet  in partnership with Cafs and @wellwaysau  QHub provides access to crucial mental health support, social connection opportunities and wellbeing activities.
For more information contact the team at QHub@ds.org.au#lgbtiqa #youth #Cafs #wecare #supportlocal
Today is World Braille Day.Celebrated each year on January 4th (Louis Braille's Birthday) World Braille Day is a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.Braille is a tool that uses combinations of raised dots to spell numbers and letters. It is used by blind or partially sighted persons to help them read and write.#braille  #worldbrailleday  #Cafs #supportlocal #wecare
New Year Resolution 2Take the first step and become a Foster Carer with Cafs.Foster care is about creating a safe space for kids in our community and we don't need superheroes.
Just everyday people who care.
It doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. You can choose the level of care that suits you. From emergency care, short term placement, long term or permanent care.So walk to a different beat and take the first step to becoming a foster carer and contact Cafs today.Visit https://cafs.org.au/take-the-first-step/#fostercare #fostercarejourney❤️ #newyearresolutions #wecare #supportlocal #Cafs
Heading out to recycle your Christmas / New Year bottles and cans?
Did you know that Cafs is a registered recipient of funds through the Container Deposit Scheme?To nominate Cafs as your nominated charity follow the steps below:• Open the CDS Vic West app and create your personal profile
(download the app at https://onelink.to/cdsvic)
• Look up Cafs Thread Together Clothing Program under the “Charities” Menu on the home page of the app
• Scroll down and press “Set as Payout” on our campaign/charity page
• Scan the app at the machine & start returning bottles and cans
• Press "TRANSFER" on the machine screen when finished!Good for the community and the environment!
#Cafs #supportlocal #wecare #recycle
New Year Resolution 1Give the gift of education to a local child.We are seeking donations (monetary or gift vouchers) to assist local families to purchase back to school necessities including basic uniform items, shoes, stationery, back packs and lunch boxes.Donate Now: https://cafs.org.au/donating/#donate #Cafs #wecare #supportlocal
Cafs Create Respect Program has been shortlisted for the @ballaratfoundation inaugural Ballarat Women's Fund Grant.The Ballarat Women's Fund is an initiative which enables community members to participate and influence positive responses to gender inequalityAny member of the community can sign up as a member of the Ballarat Women's Fund and vote for their favourite project at the presentation event next March.The Ballarat Foundation has committed to matching the $530 annual membership fee for any members who sign up to the fund between November 23, 2023 and March 7, 2024 - effectively doubling the contribution of new members.To become a member visit: https://www.ballaratfoundation.org.au/campaign/13/ballarat-womens-fund#Cafs #wecare #womensfund #createrespect
HELP IS AVAILABLEFor most people this is a time of celebration and joy with family and friends.
Unfortunately we are also very aware that the holiday season sees an increase in the incidents of family and domestic violence.If you, or someone you know, is at risk of family violence these holidays there is still support available over the Christmas / New Year break.Emergency services: 000
1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 or text 0458 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
13YARN: 13 92 76
Beyond Blue
Switchboard Victoria (LGBTQIA+)1800 729 367#ifyouseesomethingsaysomething  #Cafs #wecare # #familyviolence
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