The Spirit of Community

By The Helping Hand Project

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The Helping Hand Project is based on understanding the individual strengths and needs of a young person from refugee background and their families and connecting them with local community and networks.

The project offers participants with a meaningful one-on-one relationship with a mentor who is focussed on supporting a young person, building on these strengths.

Some of the mentoring relationships are still in place 11 years after the first meeting. “Genuinely it has been a privilege to work with so many wonderful people both as mentors and mentees. The lad I have mentored now for some 11 years has been an inspiration to me as he is truly courageous”. Noel Newell, Chairman and Mentor.

Helping Hand Project is run by a small, dedicated team of volunteers who believe passionately in providing long-term support to its program participants.

We currently have young people on our waiting list.

With your support we can grow our program, and help more young people to reach their full potential. 

What are we doing to solve the problem?

We are appealing to you this festive season to help us help a newly arrived young person in our community to thrive. Your support will enable a young person to establish a mentoring partnership providing them with greater opportunities to realise their dreams.

You can join us

With the increasing number of young refugees facing disadvantage in Melbourne, mentoring programs are now more important than ever.

Your support will have a life-long impact on a young refugee.

Our goal is to raise $12,000, ensuring we deliver one on one mentoring to an extra 10 young people in 2018.

Every gift is gratefully received. Become part of the Helping Hand Project “family”.

We will keep you up to date with our work and projects.

Thanks so much for your support, we look forward to keeping in touch with you. 

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Photographic images by Chris Sanders Photography.

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Team Members

Mairead Murphy

Gabrielle Orosz

Noel Newell