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2017 – The Year of WEA Foundation

March spotlight

A wonderful tribute the The Village project from NBN News:

Thank you NBN News and Emma Murphy

And here, a great story from ABC Newcastle highlighting the changes the Village is bringing to the lives of these wonderful wome


As 2016 draws to a close, its a time to start thinking about what we can achieve in 2017. We have ideas and projects ready to come alive and make a difference in people’s lives!

To do this, The Foundation relies on donations and sponsorship from individuals and businesses. We are a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible.

If you are going to invest in anything in 2017 – invest in hope. Hope that connects and builds people up. Hope that ignites passion and dreams. The Foundation does this through education and learning. Be part of it with us.

For more information email Kate Johnson at

WEA Foundation joins executive of regional mentor support organisation

WEA Foundation has taken a seat on the executive council of the Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative (HYMC).
Project Officer Wendy Ratcliffe joined the committee at HYMC’s 2016 Annual General Meeting in April.

HYMC supports more than 100 organisations which provide mentoring and youth development opportunities. The collaborative delivers training for mentors, manages an annual scholarship program and holds informative network meetings for member groups.

Wendy, who holds a Diploma and Master of Education, works within the WEA Hunter Foundation as a project manager and educational consultant for school-based curriculum, governance and compliance.

In 2001 Wendy co-founded Alesco Senior College which she managed in the role of Head Teacher for more than ten years. Alesco is a registered and accredited independent, non-government school specifically designed for young people who struggle to complete their education within a traditional mainstream setting. The successful model now operates in nine communities throughout NSW and Victoria with another three proposed colleges seeking accreditation for 2017.

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The Village Project is an initiative for young parents aged 15-24 who are at risk of not completing school or training that will enable them to gain long-term employment. It incorporates parental learning and recognised training modules. Participants are engaged in learning designed to empower them to remain connected to education and training pathways.

Young mum’s especially face many barriers in returning to education or commencing work. The Village allows them to connect socially in a learning environment that encourages further training, education and pathways to employment. It empowers young parents to realise that study and work is possible and there is support available. Participants are encouraged to explore training pathways that will lead to employment.

The Village is more than a parents group, it is refuge for the disadvantaged and a space for learning and building self-worth. It is a home away from home, a safe place where youth can see their potential. The Village shows these young people that there is more and they can do more, to better their future and the future of their children.

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