IMB Foundation | Funding round open

As you may be aware IMB are proud supporters of the communities in which IMB members live and work. Each year around $500,000 is distributed through the IMB Community Foundation to assist in the running of community projects.

Since its inception in 1999, the IMB Community Foundation has given over $7.6m in funding to support more than 500 community projects.

Applications for funding in 2016 are now open. Should you have a NEW community project that you believe would benefit from funding from IMB Community Foundation, please apply now.

To learn more about the Community Foundation or to complete the online application form, please go to imb.com.au/communityfoundation

Applications close 24th of February 2016.

If you would like to learn more about other projects funded by the IMB Community Foundation, you can visit our YouTube channel and hear from the Projects themselves by clicking here IMB Community Foundation Videos

Illawarra Womens Health Centre Survey

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The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

This month we are inviting all of the Centres clients to complete our 2015 Client Survey. Clients will be able to complete this survey a number of ways:

  • Online: You can access this survey via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/585K7ML  
  • On paper: Complete a survey next time you are in the Centre, or contact us to have one mailed out.
  • Over the phone: We are happy to organise a phone survey. Please contact the Centre to organise a time that suits you best.
  • An interpreter can also be organised if needed.

As a small token of thanks all participants will have the chance to go into the draw to win a $100 Coles Myer Gift Voucher.  We also have one runner up prize of either a massage or reflexology session.
We highly value the needs of all our clients and would to like hear from you about your experience!

HSC Tutoring Day

Do you have a child in year 11 or 12?

Kiama Library is holding a full day of lectures and tutorials, filled with exam tips, to support Illawarra HSC students.

These school holidays on Tuesday 8th July, lecturers will be lending their expertise to local students to help them prepare for their exams.

The subjects covered are:

  • English (Standard and Advanced)
  • Ancient and Modern History
  • Advanced Maths and
  • Biology.

All events have limited spaces so bookings are essential.

The cost is $5 per student, and they can choose to come along to one session or multiple sessions.

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of Kiama Library or over the phone with a debit/credit card on (02) 4233 1133.

You can go to the Kiama Library website at http://www.library.kiama.nsw.gov.au/  or pick up a flyer from the library for the schedule of events and biographies of the lecturers.

The event is generously sponsored by the Friends of Kiama Library.

There are also other events going on around the Illawarra:

  • Headspace are running free workshops for students on dealing with stress and how to study effectively. They are run 7th July, 14th July, 21st July and August 18th from 3.30-5pm. Call 4220 7660 to book.
  • At 6.30pm Wednesday 27th August at Warilla Library, Rowan Kunz will be giving a talk on study tips and maximizing your marks in the HSC. Tickets $4, call 4297 2522.

Illawarra Womens Health Centre | Update

Picture3The Federal Budget | What’s the Impact?

Women’s health has taken a huge hit in the Federal Budget.

We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have some of the highest rates of severe and chronic anxiety and depression in NSW.

We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have high and increasing rates of violence related trauma.

We know this violence is becoming more brutal.

We know women are more likely to use health services because of their role as carers of children, older people, disabled people and the extra strain this places on their health.

AND YET – these disadvantaged women of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven – and their children – will be the ones doing Joe Hockey’s ‘heavy lifting’.

Medicare copayments and increased cost of PBS medicines will make health services unaffordable and inaccessible to vulnerable women. We will be under even further pressure to support ‘hard to reach’ women. Without our services these women will place a much greater cost on the public health system.

On top of State Government funding uncertainty this means we are not only faced with supporting increasing numbers of women with some of the poorest of health issues, we are fighting for our own survival.

Fair? we don’t think so. We think it is a disgrace.

Click here to read more about how the poor will be disproportionately affected by the budget.

What can you do? Show your support for our Centre – become a member of the Centre and show the government we have community support (click here), use our services, or write a letter of protest to your local political representatives.