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Education Grants for Young Women

Mount Gambier awards a $2000 grant to a woman entering tertiary education annually.  Applications are called for in October each year and the award based on tertiary institution offers, the applicants need and application to her chosen field.  Presented each year at the Annual General Meeting in February each year.  

Independent Living Skills Program

This program is conducted each year depending on demand.  The program provides young people who are under the control of the Minister and about to reach an age whereby they will be taking care of themselves.  It offers the young person some skills in living independently.  The course which runs over eight weeks includes a talk from:

  • the Magistrate (on how she makes decisions when faced with sentencing)
  • Financial 
  • Stress Management
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness 
  • Housing SA (on being a good tenant)
  • Cooking 
The young people attend with their carers and SI Mount Gambier provide an evening meal for all and sit down with the young people over this meal.  At the end of the program the young people are rewarded with a graduation dinner and have the opportunity to experience a degree of fine dining.  


Mentoring Program for the Junction Mental Health Activity and Resource Centre

This program involves mentoring the Volunteer Coordinator in matters associated with Incorporation and Reporting associated with Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Charity and in more recent times in how to hold a fundraiser. 

Walk in My Shoes Project

An advocacy and awareness project which involved seeking women who had escaped domestic violence sharing their stories to inspire other to likewise.  This project was in collaboration with Zonta who had commenced the project in the Metropolitan Area and who had wanted to take it out to rural areas.  Mount Gambier was keen for the stories of our own women to be included and sought the assistance of the Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Network to assist in obtaining stories.  The stories were incorporated in a display in which they were attached to a pair of shoes. This display was placed in the Westpac Bank and Mount Gambier Library and recieved very favourable comment.  

In 2015 SI Mount Gambier provided Zonta with finances to have the stories printed into a booklet which was then provided to influential people in the Community.  One such booklet was delivered to Member for Barker Tony Pasin who took it upon himself to invite Senator for Western Australia, the Hon. Michaela Cash to speak in Mount Gambier.  This event provided a full week of daily stories in the local media on Domestic Violence issues.  

Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia

SI Mount Gambier supports the work of Dr Hamlin who helps to restore dignity to young women with fistula following traumatic childbirth.  Young girls married off before the bodies have matured face pregancies with subsequent birth complications and long term health problems. 

Support for Ryder Cheshire Foundation TB Clinic in Timor Leste.   

Long term Civil War in Timor Leste has left the people in this new country with very little infrastructure and the inability to stand alone.  The support that Ryder Cheshire provides these people is in the early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Tuberclusosis.  

Domestic Violence Home Laundry Starter kit

SI Mount Gambier has for many years supported the Domestic Violence Service in Mount Gambier. In earlier days this involve providing the women being housed in protective housing with a personal gift at Christmas time and a party for their children.  WIth other organisations taking over this role in more recent years SI Mount Gambier have changed their focus and now provide the Domestic Violence Service with $1600 pr annum to assist women setting up a new home with Laundry Starter Kits.     

Disaster Relief Funding  

Annually $1000 is set aside for Disaster Relief funding.  

Citizenship Ceremonies 

The City of Mount Gambier holds Citizenship Ceremonies four times per year.  SI Mount Gambier have traditionally been part of these ceremonies.  In the early days the new citizens were provided with a small native plant from SI Mount Gambier.   The gift has changed to some extent in recent times with so many of the recipients being young people due to the Humanitarian Refugee Program in our City and is still subject to alteration.  

Responding to Community Need

SI Mount Gambier tries to be in a position to assist when there is a community need, hence there is some flexibility in its program each year.   

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