Special Christmas Party and AMF

Special Christmas Party and AMF

Special Christmas Party and AMF

The Australian Mutuals Foundation is proud to be one of Barnardos Australia’s top corporate partners.

Volunteers from the Australian Mutuals Foundation had the exciting opportunity to accompany children from Barnardos Australia to the 2023 Sydney Special Children’s Christmas Party held at Rosehill Gardens on 6 December 2023.

The Australian Mutuals Foundation proudly supported the day with a total of 9 volunteers from Australian Mutual Bank, Unity Bank, First Choice Credit Union and G&C Mutual, providing assistance to a group of children supported by Barnardos Australia to enjoy a day of Christmas cheer.

At the event, the children were treated to a special day of live music, yummy food, fun rides, interactive games, face painting and many more activities. There was a special appearance from Santa and each child went home with a show bag and toy.

The Special Children’s Christmas Party aims to give marginalised children the chance to enjoy the magic of Christmas in a safe and welcoming environment. It provides a unique experience for children with special needs or those from disadvantaged circumstances who may otherwise miss out at Christmas time.

While the focus of the event is to provide a fun day out for the children and their families, it was also a heartwarming and rewarding experience for the volunteers who made a real difference and helped put smiles on the children’s faces.

Special Christmas Party and AMF

Auburn Christmas Fair

Auburn Christmas Party 2023

Auburn Christmas Fair

The team at our Auburn Centre welcomed over one hundred children and parents to the Auburn Christmas Fair last week. Activities included children’s entertainment, games, dancing, a candy floss machine, and a special visit from Santa himself!

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Genevie Pham from Genesa, who led a group of volunteers and donors from Advanced Lending and Co, Global RE and An Viet Group. The group provided and wrapped Christmas gifts for all the children at the event, as well as those who were unable to attend. They also delivered and served delicious halal Vietnamese food and barbecued sausages for the children, parents, and staff.

Genevie and her associates connected with several of our Program Managers at the event and learnt about the support services that Barnardos Centres provide to local communities, which reinforced their pledge of support in the new year. We look forward to growing our partnership with the group and are excited about what we can achieve through this collaboration next year!

The Barnardos Amazing Race

Barnardos Amazing Race

The Barnardos Amazing Race

Last Friday, teams from Prime Video and Barnardos Australia went head-to-head to compete in the inaugural Barnardos Amazing Race event.

Despite the heat, participants worked together to complete tasks and activities that required skills in collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Whilst both teams had fun throughout the afternoon, Prime Video were victorious and left the day with trophies to celebrate their win!

Prime Video launched their partnership with Barnardos earlier this year, with the Empower with Flowers campaign, in collaboration with Floraly. Prime Video provide generous support for our Domestic and Family Violence services and crisis accommodation.

To find out more, get in touch with the Partnerships team partnerships@barnardos.org.au to discuss how your company can participate in the Barnardos Amazing Race next year!

HSBC Christmas Party

HSBC Christmas Party 2023

HSBC Christmas Party

Each year HSBC organises a wonderful Christmas party for the children from our Barnardos Yurungai Learning Centre – and this year was no different! When the children arrived at the Barangaroo Head Office, they were given the VIP treatment and escorted to a wonderfully decorated festive room. There they were served a delicious Christmas meal, cooked by the onsite chef, and received wonderful, personalised gifts.

HSBC have been partnering with Barnardos for over 20 years. Employees regularly volunteer their afternoons to attend one of our Centre’s Homework clubs, where they assist children with their schoolwork and literary and numeracy skills. This year HSBC also introduced a quarterly Homework Club at their Head Office, which not only supported children in their studies, but also provided them with the opportunity to experience the workplace and speak to staff about their roles, careers and education pathways. One of the children has regularly voiced his determination to become the CEO of HSBC – watch out Antony! 😉

Sandra Powell and Catherine Ellershaw have been volunteering at the Centre for many years and have developed strong bonds with the children and Program Managers. As such, they were able to identify personal gifts for the children at Christmas. We’d like to offer a special thanks to Sandra and Catherine for their commitment to the Yurungai Learning Centre and for making Christmas extra special this year!

Corporate sponsor and volunteer opportunity: Women’s Week Celebration

Womens Week Celebration 2024

Corporate sponsor and volunteer opportunity: Women’s Week Celebration

Women’s Week Celebration (Sydney)

Friday 8th of March 2024

This empowering community event focuses on educating and providing resources for women and girls who have experienced or are currently experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). We expect over 100 attendees.

The event will feature different educational workshops throughout the day around self-care activities, yoga sessions, garden picnic and service stalls offering a wealth of vital information and resources.

We are looking for a corporate sponsor to support this event. Your corporate donation will go towards the costs of running the event (eg: set-up, catering, self-care activities) and contribute to our DFV support services. We invite your employees to volunteer their time to help with activities and catering.

Please email partnerships@barnardos.org.au to explore this fantastic corporate sponsorship opportunity.

Partner with us for our Art Exhibition March 2024

Art Exhibition March 2024

Partner with us for our Art Exhibition March 2024

We are excited to announce The Barnardos Art Exhibition scheduled to take place in March next year.

The Barnardos team are currently planning this mixed media event with collaborators and curators to develop an outstanding collection of artworks, which will be displayed for purchase. Sales from the artwork and tickets will be donated to Barnardos early intervention and prevention programs. The exhibition will take place at the National Art Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney and feature local, Aboriginal and up and coming artists, as well as established artists.

Expressions of interest are now open for our corporate supporters who wish to align their brand with this event and benefit from mutual marketing and PR opportunities. Please email partnerships@barnardos.org.au to register your interest and receive exclusive sponsorship package details.

Corporate sponsor and volunteers needed for Children’s Christmas Party

Childrens Christmas Party 2023

Corporate sponsor and volunteers needed for Children’s Christmas Party

Children’s Christmas Party (Sydney)

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

Last year, we had almost 100 people attend one of our Centre’s annual Christmas parties. The day normally includes a number of fun activities, both indoor and outdoor.

We are looking for a corporate sponsor to support this event. Your corporate donation will go towards the costs of running the event (eg: catering, supplies, entertainment) and contribute to funding the vital services that the centre delivers to local children and families.  We encourage you to take this opportunity to invite your employees to join in on the fun and volunteer.

Please email partnerships@barnardos.org.au to explore this fantastic corporate sponsorship opportunity.

Barnardos Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

Barnardos Amazing Race

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the Barnardos Amazing Race – Christmas Special!

Are you making staff Christmas party plans? Stuck for something new and engaging for your teams this year? Or do you want to thank your clients and partners by inviting them to join your organisation in a Christmas activity with a difference?

This is an unforgettable employee engagement experience, offering team-building, problem-solving, and networking activities, whilst supporting vulnerable children and their families!

Spots are limited, so seize this opportunity to encourage collaboration, critical thinking, and friendly competition among your departments, offices and territories.

The concept is simple, you’ll meet the Barnardos Amazing Race hosts and other participating teams at the starting point. The format involves teams navigating through various challenges and tasks spread across different locations. There, teams will meet their competitors and be briefed before starting the race and provided with their first task and a clue to assist in finding the first checkpoint.

Teams must rely on their problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and navigation abilities to complete each challenge successfully and progress to the next one. The race is completed on foot and covers approximately 3-5kms of total walking distance (over 2 hours).

The race will conclude at a secret location, where the winning team will be announced and the festivities will continue in a social setting.

Email partnerships@barnardos.org.au to explore promotional or catering sponsorship opportunities that elevate your brand and CSR activities!

The Barnardos Amazing Race Details:

Date: Friday 8th of December
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Sydney CBD

Earlybird pricing:
(until 31st of August)    

  • Team of 4 $1,200
  • Team of 6 $1,500
  • 2 x Team of 6 $2,000

Standard pricing:
(after 31st of August)     

  • Team of 4 $1,450
  • Team of 6 $1,750
  • 2 x Team of 6 $2,250

Reserve your team’s place through the registration page now!

Register now

For more information or alternative events, contact Maxine Beretta on 02 9218 2442 or through email mberetta@barnardos.org.au

Volunteer opportunity: Reconnect Youth Program Weekly BBQ

Volunteer Reconnect Youth Program Weekly BBQ

Volunteer opportunity: Reconnect Youth Program Weekly BBQ

Location: Sydney’s Inner West

Frequency: Held every Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm – 4pm (excluding school holidays)

Volunteer Roles: We are looking for a corporate team to commit to supporting this activity on a regular basis. We can accommodate support on a monthly or b-monthly basis.

Purpose: The Reconnect Youth program aims to engage with vulnerable young people, aged 12-18 years, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This program reconnects them to their families, schools and communities.

If you want to learn more about the regular Reconnect BBQ event, please reach out to mberetta@barnardos.org.au

Thank you for your willingness to roll up your sleeves and support these meaningful initiatives. Your involvement will have a positive impact on the lives of the children and young people we aim to serve.

Please email
mberetta@barnardos.org.au for more information or to secure your corporate volunteering opportunity.

Corporate Domestic Violence awareness campaign

The Corporate DFV Awareness Campaign

Corporate Domestic Violence awareness campaign

In 2022, Barnardos launched the Domestic and Family Violence research report which highlights the impact that DFV has on children. In continuation of this initiative, Barnardos is launching a national awareness campaign to increase awareness of the issue and normalise the conversation.

Domestic and Family Violence continues to be a pandemic and a national issue throughout Australia.

The numbers are staggering.

1 in 3 women

experience physical violence

1 in 4 children

are exposed to domestic violence

1 in 5 workers

experiencing family and domestic violence report the effects of the violence continues in the workplace in Australia

Paid family and domestic violence leave legislation came into effect in February this year. With the increase in technology-enabled coercive control, survivors are increasingly finding that the workplace is one of the few places where they can seek support and access Domestic Violence services.

DV is an issue for all of us, and increasingly so for organisations. Therefore, we are inviting organisations to join our national Corporate Domestic Violence awareness campaign and help us to start normalising the conversation around DV and its long-term impact on women and children.

This initiative is a series of collaborative activities and fundraising events across the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. Association with the campaign provides employee engagement and/or customer-focused messaging supporting corporate CSR activities.

Contact Maxine Beretta on 02 9218 2442 or mberetta@barnardos.org.au for full details on how your organisation can be involved.