Minderoo Foundation21 Mar 2019

Community comes together to relieve back-to-school stress

The Minderoo Foundation’s In-School Parent Employment Service (IPES) gets behind local community centre’s ‘Back to School’ drive for Armadale kids.

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The excitement of a new school year can be blighted for some young families, with the cost of necessary ‘back-to-school’ supplies adding up.

To relieve some of the pressure, several community groups have joined forces with the City of Armadale’s Champion Centre to coordinate a back-to-school essentials drive.

It has been identified through the Education Department, local teachers, Aboriginal education officers and Elders that many children aren’t attending school because they don’t have the necessary essentials. A filled backpack relieves parents of an additional expense as school supplies can add up, especially with multiple children in the household

Over 80 ‘back to school’ starter packs have been organised and distributed to schools, Aboriginal education officers and Elders within the local community of Armadale. The packs have already been a huge success with recipients, thanks to the generous donations of Minderoo’s In-School Parent Employment Service (IPES) , Palmerston, Anglicare and the Women’s Business Network.

Another 100 stationary packs are slated for distribution in the coming weeks thanks to new sponsor the Literacy and Numeracy Foundation of WA, which reached out to offer its support after hearing of the success of the first round of the drive.

IPES case manager Bonnie Bellenzier said the success of the drive demonstrated the amazing capacity of the community.

” We were overwhelmed by the response to the back-to-school drive, staff, friends and families have rallied together to support this wonderful cause,” Ms Bellenzier said.

The Minderoo Foundation’s IPES project supports young parents living in the suburb of Armadale, Western Australia to secure sustainable employment. IPES is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services.

If you would like more information on the program contact Bianca Corciulo (bcorciulo@minderoo.com.au).

School donations of any kind are welcomed year-round by the Champion Centre

Bianca Corciulo
by Bianca Corciulo
Bianca brings over 20 years’ experience across the employment and community services sector in both private and not-for-profit organisations, with this extensive knowledge across youth, mature aged, and Indigenous employment programs. With a strong understanding of employer account management, consulting, marketing, and business development, Bianca has a passion for forming successful collaborations with partners to gain positive results and real solutions for her clients in overcoming significant barriers.
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