How we started....
In the summer season of 2009, we started a 6-week after-school program using Touch Rugby as the vehicle to engage children and young people Broadmeadows.
On the first day of the competition, the program had 250 registered players, both boys, and girls, aged between 5 and 18 years old. We also had 30 parent volunteers who offered their time to support the program.
At the end of the program, a total of $7,450 was raised and gifted back to the local sports club. The monetary gift was intended to subsidise registration fees and uniforms for junior players at the club the following season.
The learning and feedback throughout the experience by the volunteer group showed many things, but the key area was the need for a more holistic approach to positively engage the children, young people, and their families outside of sport in the region.
In 2010 BridgingWorx Ltd was incorporated by our founder Afoa Gus Gale. Shortly after, it was established the organisation offered FREE Mentoring Programs to Hume LGA Primary and High Schools.
Trained and experienced Youth Workers were provided to local schools to support young Pacific and Maori students and their families.
The aim of the Mentoring Program was to:
• Improve student attendance and engagement in education
• Provide Cultural Awareness Training for Teachers, Schools, and Administration staff
• Provide a holistic support system for student needs, identity, and achievements
• Provide teaching tools for Teachers and Students from a Pacific and Maori lens
• Facilitate and improve family engagement with the Schools
• Provide referral support to families and young people where appropriate
• Highlight the achievement of Students in their existing environment
To empower individuals, families, and communities by strengthening their voice by creating opportunities to build on their life journey.
We see a future where all people are healthy and prosper through the power of care and compassion
Our Charitable Purpose
We exist to provide programs and support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (C.A.L.D) Communities, Pacific and Maori individuals and families as well as people with Disabilities
We provide relief from poverty, destitution, misfortune, helplessness distress through our Community programs