Part-way through a five-year partnership between Grand Central Shopping Centre and the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund, a $50,000 grant continues to provide valued support to charities and organisations in the Toowoomba region.
The Toowoomba Regional Community Fund’s core purpose is to ‘give where you live’ and aims to improve and give back to the local community in which it operates. A sub-fund of the Queensland Community Foundation, the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund has supported numerous charities in the local community through its annual regional grants program providing services, including aged care, family support, children, health and welfare, youth and arts.
To facilitate its ongoing support of local charities, the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund partners with local donors, building a lasting source of funding in the process.
Care Goondiwindi received $3,000 to create a pop-up shop to distribute donated food, grocery items, fruit and vegetables as part of its Foodbank program, which operates in partnership with SecondBite. The pop-up shop, which is run by volunteers, operates every Tuesday and Friday. Anyone from the local community who visits the pop-up shop is eligible to receive free food.
Reason to Thrive’s ‘Equine Assisted Learning Youth Program’ also received a $3,000 grant from the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund. The program aims to empower disadvantaged, disengaged and at-risk young people between the ages of 11 to 22 years-old by improving emotional regulation, calm assertiveness, body language modulation and relationship building.
As part of the program, local students are personality matched with a trauma-informed mentor and a horse specifically chosen for its personality type. They then attend equine assisted learning sessions aimed at developing social skills, learning to contain their excitement and frustration, to self-soothe and connect with others. The Toowoomba Regional Community Fund’s grant allows twelve students to participate in the program.
Other previous recipients of the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund’s grant include: