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Volunteering to improve your mental health

There’s a lot of talk in media, workplaces and society in general about the many ways we can support our wellbeing. But what about a practical, routine activity that you can implement into your life. Well, volunteering is a great activity you can do that is proven to improve your wellbeing and mental health.

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Taking courageous decisions (and embracing the fear!)

"Courage is a question of perspective, which is fed by our experiences, beliefs, limitations. In 2012, I chose to leave my career in public relations. The typical responses I received when sharing my decision with others were: 'Oh wow, you’re so courageous!' Why did everyone else think I was being so brave?"

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Breaking groundhog day - CEO blog

"Amongst the latest Covid numbers, climate change updates and all the bad news, it can be pretty hard to pop our head above the surface and get a glimpse of what the future might look like."

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EOFY Appeal

Financial support from the broader community has never been so critical for not-for-profits. Every donation goes a long way in allowing us to support young people who are experiencing disadvantage and struggling to overcome the many hurdles presented to them in today's world.

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Words from a coach

  • posted by Belinda Robinson |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community

Belinda Robinson joined our team of professional coaches in 2020. She reflects on her first coaching experience on our programs, and the unique impact Covid-19 had on her experience.

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Breaking silos in isolation

Kim reflects on how the 'water cooler conversations' and the benefits of those interactions don't exist in a work-from-home environment. The random, unplanned chats can often be one of the ways in which information flows between departments, collaboration ideas spark and organisational culture thrives. So how can we create a ‘water cooler’ effect in a remote working environment?

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Covid-19 and its impact on schooling, teaching and wellbeing

  • posted by Matthew Robinson |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community

COVID 19 has had and is continuing to have a significant and substantial impact on the education of billions of students around the globe. Schools have been closed and teachers have had to develop remote educational experiences and content, almost overnight, using new and at times unfamiliar online technologies.

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The silver lining

As the reality of self-isolation, social distancing and home schooling sets in, I can’t help myself but to think that some positive - dare I say, great - things will come out of this dire situation.

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Supporting Adolescents and their Wellbeing

  • posted by Matt Robinson |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community, Life skills 

Our organisation has been working with young people for nearly seven years, supporting them to maintain a positive wellbeing, and we would like to offer families some of our expert knowledge in this space.

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The year to come

  • posted by Kim Larochelle |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Coaching , Community, Fundraising , Research 

As we welcome a new year, Kim gives an overview on how The Helmsman Project is kickstarting 2020.

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Work Skills with Endeavour Energy

The Technical Training Branch at Endeavour Energy conducted a 6-week program with some Year 9 Helmsman students. The program was designed to teach skills to manage risks, build confidence and prepare young people for employment.

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2019 Graduation

  • posted by The Helmsman Project |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Adventure education , Coaching , Community, Life skills 

On Wednesday 4 December, The Helmsman Project celebrated 63 young people from schools across Western Sydney completing our program. The Helmsman Project graduation is a highly anticipated event. It gives everyone an opportunity to hear directly from the students the impact the program has had on them.

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Words from a Principal

  • posted by Zena Dabaja |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Community

Zena shares her reflection on the impact The Helmsman Project has not only on the participants, but the surrounding community.

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5 tips to align corporate giving with employee engagement

In my six years in the not-for-profit sector, I’ve come across really successful examples of corporate foundations engaging their employees in their community objectives. The best of these managed to not only generate a sense of purpose among their employees, but also made a tremendous impact on the charities they supported.

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Experiencing our community project

  • posted by Robert Milne |
  • category: About The Helmsman Project , Community

In my first week at The Helmsman Project I was lucky to visit the schools and meet the students enrolled in our programs. One of the highlights of The Helmsman Project’s program is the community projects which students plan and commit to once the program concludes....

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Volunteer spotlight

We are so fortunate at The Helmsman Project to be assisted by dedicated, professional and skilled volunteers. We interviewed Craig King, Senior Graphic Designer at Goodman, who designs collateral on a variety of projects for us, and asked him about why he enjoys working with The Helmsman Project.  

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Volunteer spotlight

We are so fortunate at The Helmsman Project to work with a group of dedicated, professional and skilled volunteers. In this blog, we speak to Corinne O’Sullivan, one of our amazing volunteers, on why she loves sharing her time and talent to helping The Helmsman Project.

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