December 07, 2022

$75,000 boost to Young Hearts

Anglicare Donation Group Holding Check

Anglicare WA’s Young Hearts - a family and domestic violence counselling service supporting children and young people in the Kwinana and Peel regions of Western Australia - has received a much-needed financial boost from the Alcoa Foundation.

To help mark the 70th anniversary of Alcoa’s global charity, the Alcoa Foundation has donated more than $75,000 to Young Hearts which was established by Anglicare WA to help break the cycle of family and domestic violence.

Anglicare WA Director Services Philippa Boldy said Young Hearts, which operates in Kwinana, Peel and surrounding areas, received no government funding.

“This is a critical service for the region with demand increasing significantly since COVID-19. Yet Young Hearts relies entirely on the continued support and generosity of philanthropic partners like the Alcoa Foundation,” said Philippa.

“This investment will go to supporting more children and young people affected by family and domestic violence in some of the communities near where Alcoa operates - helping them to build healthy relationships and develop skills to thrive in the future.

“We are immensely proud of our continued partnership with the Alcoa Foundation and the positive impact it has on the local community, supporting some of the region’s most vulnerable people.”

Alcoa Foundation Australian Lead Suellen Jerrard thanked Anglicare WA for the work it did to support people in need.

“Since 2016, our global charity, the Alcoa Foundation, has provided more than $50 million to help communities near where Alcoa operates around the world,” Suellen said.

“This includes during time of great need, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few years, we have partnered with Anglicare WA to help deliver much needed family and financial counselling support across the Kwinana, Peel and Upper South-West Region.

“We are pleased to be able to extend that support and help bolster the family and domestic violence support services, especially given this was acknowledged as an area of growing need in our local communities.”

As well as providing the financial support, thirteen Alcoa employees from the External Affairs team visited the Anglicare WA Family & Relationship Centre in Rockingham recently to help paint and furnish Young Hearts counselling rooms while learning more about the service.

Discover more about Young Hearts here.