Mental health program providers, community and arts organisations among finalists for Telstra Business Awards.

2019 Telstra Social Change Maker Award

Dignity, a charity focused on supporting people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness, won the 2019 Telstra New South Wales Social Change Maker Award.

The Telstra Business Awards recognise Australia’s best businesses, provide expert advice, open networking opportunities and help them gain the credibility to take their business to the next level.

Winners are chosen across four categories: Emerging & Energised; Small & Succeeding; Medium & Making Waves; and Social Change Maker.

The national winners will be announced in Melbourne on 21 November.

State and Territory Finalists in the Social Change Maker category are:

Tasmania: Bridgewater Police & Citizens Youth Club

Bridgewater Police & Citizens Youth Club is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides a safe environment for youth and the community to enhance their future career and personal development. It offers social and recreational activities, ranging from mentoring and sports to driving lessons, giving an opportunity to socialise and build resilience.

Queensland: Community Information Support Services

Community Information Support Services is a not-for-profit online platform established to support the health and wellbeing of Australians through connecting individuals to health information and services. The organisation supports the coordination of health and wellness activities in local communities and provide ways the public and service providers can work together.

ACT: OzHelp Foundation

Established in 2001, OzHelp Foundation is a national not-for-profit provider of mental health and wellbeing programs targeting hard-to-reach people working in industries that have a heightened risk of suicide, including the building, construction and mining sectors. Their vision is to see every Australian workplace contribute to enhancing workforce wellbeing.

NT: Bush Medijina

An all-women, Indigenous-owned social enterprise based on Groote Eylandt, Bush Medijina is making a difference to the livelihoods of local indigenous women of the Archipelago. Within its walls, knowledge is passed down from older to younger generations to harvest bush produce and make bush remedies for sale around Australia.

NSW: Dignity

Frustrated with the increasing rate of homelessness, Suzanne Hopman knew there must be a way to stop the problem from the outset. Her idea was Dignity, a charity focused on supporting people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by providing shelter, food, clothing, advocacy and education, to empower people to regain control of their lives. Beginning with one shelter for women and children in 2016, Dignity now has 25 shelters across New South Wales accommodating up to 240 people every night.  Since its inception in 2015, Dignity has been able to assist more than 70,000 vulnerable people in metropolitan and regional areas throughout the state

Vic: Curve Tomorrow

Curve Tomorrow is a digital health technology company with an ambitious goal to impact the lives of one billion people. At the intersection of healthcare, commercialisation and digital product development, they work with organisations, clinicians and medical researchers to create life-changing health technology.

WA: Warmun Art Centre

Located in rural Western Australia, 200km south of Kununurra, Warmun Art Centre celebrates and encourages the expression of Gija culture through the arts and supports the continued development of innovative, contemporary art by both established and emerging Warmun artists. One hundred per cent of its income returns to the community enterprise and artists.

SA: Determined2

Determined2 provides innovative immersion therapy services for people living with disabilities and injuries. As a service conducted underwater, it provides a near-weightless, low-impact environment giving participants the chance to experience movements that may otherwise be impossible.

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