Central Sydney GP Network is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.
Funds from donations and earnt as interest by Central Sydney GP Network provide grants to worthwhile organisations. The Gift Fund has supports local health and community projects.
If you would like to make a difference by make a tax deductable donation or would like to apply for a grant, please email Central Sydney GP Network office or complete a grant application
Previous gift fund recipients include:
Drug and alcohol addiction awareness program for volunteers
Cana Communities works in inner Sydney running overnight shelters and homes. Their primary purpose is to provide relief from poverty, suffering, destitution and helplessness to people living with mental illness, addiction, homelessness, loneliness and other factors that alienate them from society
Funding from Central Sydney GP Network enabled Cana to design and deliver workshops to around 160-200 people (around 50-60% of their volunteer base). The program has enabled better care of more vulnerable inner-city people andhelped develop confidence amongst the volunteers, who at times struggle with how to manage the complex needs of someone in addiction.
Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre
Self-care for Carers Program
The donation from Central Sydney Network funded an eight week course for women carers in the Inner West addressing the stressors carers can experience and provided take-home techniques to manage stress, preserve energy and maintain mental and physical wellbeing.
: The program included:
- Mindfulness techniques
- Communication and conflict resolution skills
- Low cost, nutritious recipes for energy and wellbeing
- Healthy alternatives to alcohol and drugs
- Easy exercise movements
- Referrals to GPs, allied health and social/community supports in the Inner West
Defibrillators for Mission Beat vehicles
Central Sydney GP Network’s grant was used by Missionbeat for the purchase of two defibrillators for their Missionbeat vehicles.
Missionbeat has been providing crisis support to homeless men, women and children in Sydney for close to 40 years. Founded in 1979, Missionbeat was commissioned as a response to new legislation in which intoxicated persons were to be taken to detox units rather than prison cells. With a mattress in the back, Missionbeat vans would pick up willing clients and transport them to a place of safety.
Nowadays, Missionbeat is a specialist homeless service that plays an integral role in the community services sector. On average, Missionbeat provides crisis support to 28 people per day. Crisis support consists of transport to and from emergency accommodation providers, hospital emergency departments, government agencies whilst conducting welfare checks on rough sleepers across the Sydney basin.
The majority of clients suffer from ill health with multiple co-morbidities. Missionbeat frequently comes to the assistance of members of the public as the vans are highly visible and operate from 7.00 am to 10.30 pm seven days a week. All Missionbeat drivers are required to maintain a valid senior first aid certificate which includes training on operating defibrillators.