The Harcourts Foundation has partnered with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to stamp out bullying with an $11,000 grant to implement the Foundation’s Better Buddies Framework in five schools across Victoria.
Dr Judith Slocombe, CEO of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, said the Better Buddies Framework helps prevent bullying by creating friendly and caring school communities.
“Bullying is the most common form of violence against children, with one in four kids affected every fortnight, and we know that bullying behaviour can lead to an increase in violent incidents in our community, so early intervention is vital,” said Dr Slocombe.
“We know Better Buddies is having a real impact, with a recent evaluation showing 95 per cent of principals believe Better Buddies helps to create a friendly and caring school environment and 89 per cent reporting a reduction in the number of bullying incidents as a result of the program.”
The Harcourts Foundation, established by real estate group, Harcourts Group Australia, recently granted the Red Cross over $7000 to deliver women’s weaving and art classes for indigenous women and young girls who have been affected by domestic violence.
The Red Cross, partnered with the Wallaga Lakes Women’s Group and Together Dreaming Boolarang Nangamai Aboriginal Art & Culture Studio to deliver these hands-on women’s workshops for healing.
Greta Whyte from the Red Cross, said the workshops helped to strengthen identity through connecting to country, learning to identify plant materials, harvesting and learning weaving techniques.
“This group of enthusiastic women were the driving force”, Ms Whyte said.
The workshops had so many positive outcomes, including having elder knowledge shared with younger generations, the revitalisation of aboriginal language, and connecting families together, whilst educating through conversations about domestic violence.”
Annie Green, a Harcourts Foundation Ambassador was thrilled the Harcourts Foundation was able to …