GC charity helping to create a new start for kids affected by domestic violence

Gold Coast charity Friends with Dignity has partnered with Jeunesse Kids to launch the Little Friends Scholarship program to help out children who have faced domestic and family violence.

The Little Friends Scholarship program was first announced in March 2017, with the first round of bi-annual monetary scholarships opening in June last year.

During that time, a total of 10 educational and extra-curricular scholarships were awarded to children aged between 5-17 years of age, in almost every state of Australia.


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The scholarships help to cover a variety of areas, from helping kids attend camp and after-school activities with their peers, to providing uniforms to attend school.

Image: Announcing Little Friends Scholarship powered by Jeunesse Kids @ Australia / NZ Convention Sydney March 2017 | Pictured: Scott Lewis (Chief Visionary Officer Jeunesse Global), Manuela Whitford, Zoe Scharenguivel, Julia McKenna (Friends With Dignity directors) and Rachel McVinish (GM Australasia – Jeunesse)

Friends With Dignity Co-Director and Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna said the Little Friends Scholarship program was established to “ensure all children who are facing or have faced domestic violence have the ability to normalise their lives.”

“The scholarships are designed to help young domestic violence survivors re-build their confidence by finding something they are good at, and ensuring their education continues,” Ms McKenna said.

Normally, all Friends With Dignity programs are on a referral basis from organisations and refuges, however, the Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship program offers parents the opportunity to submit an application personally.

“The Little Friends Scholarship program gives parents the opportunity to tell their children’s stories, and how the scholarship will improve their lives,” said Ms McKenna.

“The application still needs to be co-signed by a support worker, GP, school principal, school counsellor, or the like.”

The second round of scholarships are now open and close on Thursday 15 February 2018.

If you are interested to apply for the Little Friends Scholarship Program, please visit http://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/little-friends-scholarship to download an application form.

Each scholarship is up to the value of $500.00.

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