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Annual Community Support Grants

The Family First Credit Union Community Support Program reflects our commitment to the community.

The Family First Credit Union Community Support Program reflects our commitment to the community. This is our opportunity to support those organisations that support our community.

What the Program offers

  • Grants per region – Lithgow, Bathurst, Blackheath and Mudgee, including their surrounds.
  • Grants may be made available at the committee’s discretion
  • More than one recipient per region may be considered.

The Selection Committee of two Family First Credit Union Directors and one community representative will consider each submission based on the organisation’s community involvement and achievements. Organisations must be community non-profit based.

Key Dates:

  • Community support grant applications will be open for submission on the first Monday in April
  • Community support grant applications will be closed for submission on the last Friday in April
  • Grants will be assessed, decided and presented before 31st May

What we achieved last year!

Every year, Family First gives away a percentage of its revenue in the form of community grants to assist organisations and individuals who are doing great things in our regions to help make our communities a better place to live.

In 2019 we were able to assist 42 community not for profit organisations, sporting clubs, local charities and individuals by handing out grants totalling $28,100. The morning and afternoon tea events are planned so that funds can be distributed but the highlight is hearing about all the good things the recipients are doing with their grant money.

Family First Credit Union prides itself on being a very socially responsible corporate citizen with the belief that if we expect support from the people within the community well then we must also be able to provide support back to the communities within which we operate.

For more information on the Community Support Grant Program, please call us on 1300 369 900.

Mental Health Initiative

Almost three years ago, Chief Executive Officer Darryl Macauley announced an initiative that would raise funds for education and support needed for mental health issues given its prevalence in the regional communities that we operate within. We are proud and excited to report that this initiative has been a great success and continues to grow.

The initiative is built around a Bonus Saver Account for which members can earn a bonus amount of interest when they don’t withdraw from the account and make a deposit of at least $200 in the month. A percentage of the savings pool is then paid as a social dividend to organisations within our communities that provide vital services in the area of mental health. Put simply, the greater the balance of the Bonus Saver Account, the greater the funding we can provide to take on the issue of mental health.

Since launching this initiative in November 2017, we have raised over $43,000 for mental health related issues. This is a great result for mental health outcomes and as such Family First Credit Union and its members can feel very proud of its efforts.

Who have we helped?

We have been able to support Headspace in Bathurst, suicide prevention training in the Mudgee region, Central West Lifeline sports club gatekeeper training initiative, and most recently the establishment of Headspace in Lithgow.

We encourage all members to get on board with this initiative and ask about opening a Bonus Saver account with Family First Credit Union and to also discuss this initiative with friends, family and other networks because together, we can make a difference.

Look at the community groups we've already helped!

  • Accessible Living Options – Annual Gala Sports Day

    Accessible Living Options assists frail and/or aged people, people with disabilities and their carers to remain in their own homes. As anyone who lives in a home they love can appreciate, having to leave your family home would be a huge change to your lifestyle, and many people see this as taking away their independence. ALO are to be commended on the work they do to empower people to retain their lifestyle and home, and live independently for as long as possible.

    ALO covers a significant area, including the towns of Bathurst, Rockley, Burraga, Perthville, Trunkey Creek, Blayney, Oberon, Wattle Flat, Sofala, Wallerawang and surrounding areas.

    ALO provides three programs:

    • Disability – services to support people with a disability. They are a registered NDIS Provider.
    • Aged Care – services to support people to stay in their own home. They are an Aged Care Provider.
    • Carer Support – provides the carer with a time out or a break. It is short term, planned, flexible and time-limited, and aims to meet the individual needs.

    Accessible Living Options host an annual Sports Gala Day supported by Family First Credit Union. The 6th Annual Gala day was held at Bathurst Sports Ground and participants came from disability services from across the region. The day included running races, wheelchair races, a giant soccer game, a softball game and then singing and dancing to complete the day. The day was one of much happiness and laughter and a great celebration of abilities. Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger presented ribbons to the very proud participants at the end of the day. Thanks to the Bathurst Lions Club for cooking the very popular sausage sizzle.

  • Lithgow Swimming Club

    Lithgow Swimming club offers individual opportunity to develop and achieve personal, maximum potential in swimming and promotes the physical and social benefits of swimming in a safe and friendly environment.

    The Lithgow Swimming Club logo

    We teach and train swimmers of all levels to achieve individual progress while striving to develop life qualities through sport by valuing health, fitness, sportsmanship, citizenship, honesty, respect, hard work, discipline, teamwork and fair play.

    Swimmers can improve swimming skills and stroke, race against the clock or other competitors and have a great time while doing it!

    We focus on individual racing with improvement in times rather than necessarily racing against each other. We hold 16 Friday Night Races nights in the summer season and 4 in the winter season. The focus of these nights is about grading and times and not necessarily what position you finish in. We have the Kia Swim Stars of the Week which identifies the swimmers that have the biggest improvements in time. We hold our annual Club Championships in March of each season which is the only time we focus on age divisions and the focus on this event it participation and individual times based on a point system.

    Our swimmers range in ages from 5 years old to 50, and we have a lot of families that the whole family all swim. All of our hard-working coaches and committee are volunteers and we run purely on the support of the community through donations and sponsorship. Money is used for the purchase of training equipment including kick boards and flippers and also has enabled us to purchase the best timing and starting equipment so that we can prepare our swimmers for competitions. It also enables us to contribute towards costs of coaching courses, technical official courses and our Presentation night.

    With the upgrade to the aquatic centre we have been able to run major Carnivals on a local level which included out State Qualifying Twilight Meet. These carnivals cannot be held without the generous donations of our sponsors. We will be holding the Twilight Event again this year in November which we are very excited about.

  • Blackheath and Mt. Victoria RSL Sub-Branch

    Family First Credit Union is proud to support the Blackheath and Mt. Victoria RSL Sub-Branch as part of our annual Community Support Grants program. The group is dedicated to honoring those who have served our nation through military service and focuses on the care of service men and women and veterans and their dependents.

    The RSL organise and run commemorative services for Blackheath and Mt. Victoria – ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service and dedication services for passed members. They are an active member of our local community and support the Blackheath Area Community Alliance and local charities and service organisations.

    The grant from Family First assisted the RSL Sub-Branch to buy brochures to promote the organisation in the local communities. This brochure is linked below – please take some time to have a look.

    Secretary Tony Jaques said “As a local charity, we looked to FFCU as a natural fit – an organisation that has community values that are compatible with our own and where locals can provide a service that can be shared by our community in this area.”

    We are glad that we could help Tony – and look forward to working with you in the future.

    The RSL Hall is available for public hire – call Hon Secretary Tony Jaques on 0412359101 for details.

    View the RSL brochure here

    Pictured: Geoff and Peter Churchill

  • Centacare Bathurst Family Day

    Family First is proud to support Centacare – whose aim is to improve the well being of children and families in the Bathurst Community.

    Centacare hold an annual “Bathurst Family Day” event, which is always a great family and community occasion. The funds received from Family First Community Support program this year were put towards making this family day the huge success that it is.

    A brief overview of the success of the Family Day was provided by the organisers:

    • The Family First Credit Union Community Grant was used to provide face painting and microphones for the MC and entertainers.
    • Microphones enabled the crowd to enjoy music, singing, children’s drama, and assisted the MC to keep the crowd informed and engaged.
    • Approximately 1,200 people attended this year’s event.
    • Feedback collected on the day consistently reflects positive comments and appreciation of this grassroots, inclusive community event for the whole family.

    Great job Centacare, we are proud to support this fantastic family and community focused initiative!

  • Christmas and Beyond Lunch

    When the young boy was asked what Santa had brought him, he answered that Santa did not come to his place, but that he came to the Christmas and Beyond Lunch to receive a gift from Santa. Christmas and Beyond were happy to be a part of helping Santa meet the hope of this small boy.

    Family First Credit Union has joined with other businesses, organisations and individuals in the community of Lithgow to help support the work of Christmas and Beyond in 2017. For the last 16 years Christmas and Beyond has relied on the community of Lithgow to help provide a Christmas Celebration lunch to those in the community who find themselves in circumstances that do not allow them to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.

    Christmas and Beyond provides a Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day each year, including present for all, from babies to 100+ year olds. It also generates random acts of kindness throughout the year to help people in the Lithgow Community meet unexpected circumstances.

  • Bathurst Public School Father's Day BBQ

    There were 300 eggs, 600 pieces of bacon, 200 juice boxes and more than 250 smiling faces at this year’s Father’s Day Breakfast Barbecue at Bathurst Public School.

    Proudly sponsored by Family First Credit Union Bathurst, the barbecue is one of the major events on the school P&C’s annual fundraising calendar. This family focused event aims to build a strong school community by encouraging local families to meet and mingle in a relaxed social setting, while at the same time raising much needed funds for the school.

    Money raised from this year’s event will go towards a number of current projects, such as purchasing new novel sets for the library, new netball rings and sports equipment, as well as a landscaping master plan for an interactive nature area.

    Congratulations to Bathurst Public School P&C for running such a successful event – we are glad Family First Credit Union was able to support your good work.

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