“Whether combatting mental health issues and domestic and family violence, supporting critically ill children and people living with disability, or enabling important medical research and innovations, these unique projects will make a genuine positive difference,” comments TPG Telecom Foundation chair and TPG Telecom group executive people experience Vanessa Hicks.
The foundation (formerly known as Vodafone Foundation Australia) has donated more than $26 million to date to charitable causes and organisations using mobile technology.
TPG Telecom gives more information about the charities they funded and what these organisations will do with their grants:
Health organisation Acon will expand its TransHub nationally, which provides localised, accessible and evidence-based information and resources to support the health and wellbeing of trans people, their allies and health providers.
Not-for-profit social enterprise Infoxchange will continue to extend and scale its Ask Izzy platform, which the foundation first funded in 2019. This free and anonymous web-platform provides access to over 350,000 services that support people experiencing disadvantage across a range of needs, including services for victims/survivors of family and domestic violence, First Nations Peoples, mental health and well-being, housing, addiction, and people living with disability.
Australia’s national youth mental health foundation headspace will develop and implement a technology solution which will automatically establish a headspace online account when a young person first visits a headspace centre. A young person can take advantage of mental health resources and services online while they wait for an appointment and reduces waiting time for clinical support.
Not-for-profit MissingSchool will scale its Seen&Heard platform to drive school inclusion on a national scale for critically-ill and injured children through telepresence technology, and support their parents, peers and teachers to enable continued learning and social connection in their school community.
Guide Dogs Australia extend its CatchUp project. This free, interactive, and accessible online platform, connects Australians with low vision or blindness to opportunities to socialise, learn and gain support through a personalised and accessible online experience.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance will expand Australia's first disability tech start-up accelerator, Remarkable, so it can support earlier stage projects, providing the tools and guidance needed to progress start-ups that improve the wellbeing, independence and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Starlight Children’s Foundation will launch its Virtual Starlight Express Room program, which enables sick kids to access its Captain Starlight program virtually. The platform is accessible 24/7 from any mobile device and in any hospital across Australia, including to children admitted in regional and remote hospitals.
In 2021, TPG Telecom granted funds to the Garvan Institute for Medical Research for a 12-month project called Genomics in the Cloud, aimed at building a database of genetic information representing Australia’s cultural diversity so researchers can better understand genetic diseases.
TPG Telecom also awarded two grants to Infoxchange in 2021 for two 12-month projects. The first project, Connected Communities, works with people in remote and disaster-prone areas to co-design community solutions and digital tools to improve disaster preparedness and community resilience.
The second project, Ask Izzy Connect, will develop the training and tools needed to support frontline staff in retail and call centre settings to effectively recognise and respond to people in crisis.
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 10 May 2022.