St.George Foundation Success

We would like to thank the St.George Foundation for their recent Community Grant which we will use to deliver more services to ‘at risk’ young people.  This much needed funding will assist us to deliver at least 10 more The Pride Empowerment Programs to ‘at risk’ young people in a bid to support them to turn their lives around.  And with StreetWork’s Social Return on Investment (SROI), that is for every $1 spent, we deliver a $16* return to the community, the contribution made by St.George Foundation will help us to deliver a $800,000* return to the local community.        

* PwC – StreetWork Strategic Plan       

#turningyounglivesaround together

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StreetWork wishes to thank StreetSmart - Action Against Homelessness, for your generous donation. The grant will assist us to support more young people on our KickStart Mentoring Program.

#turningyounglivesaround with StreetSmart

StreetSmart ( fundraise and support grassroots projects that tackle homelessness, shich includes youth homelessness. They support smaller organisations who provide vital frontline services, but struggle with a lack of resources. so far they have raised over $5M for projects, funded over 1650 projects and supported 570 organisations like StreetWork.

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The Westpac Foundation is supporting StreetWork to help to raise more funds to improve the health and wellbeing for 'at risk' young people. They're aiming to raise $2000 (including matching gifts) this Christmas as part of this appeal and so far they’ve raised nearly $1,500 … help them get to their target by donating as little as $25 which will help cover the cost of a mentoring session.

  • Your $25 donation will fund 1 hour of mentoring to help a young person at risk. 

  • Your $50 donation will fund 2 hours of mentoring to help a young person at risk..

  • Your $100 donation will fund 4 hour of mentoring to help a young person at risk.  

Donate what you can - If you’re a Westpac employee, donate through your payroll and they will match the donation.

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La Boca café in Allambie is showing support for StreetWork by hosting our photobook 'Chill' and selected photos taken by young people in their café through July.  We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to visit the café and take a look at the photos young while having a cappuccino or 2. La Boca cafe have also given many of our young people some work experience opportunities and their staff work really well with them.

La Boca Café - 2/33-35 Kentwell Rd, Allambie Heights NSW 2100

#turningyounglivesaround together with La Boca Cafe

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New Partner: Sarah Lorien Photography

The excitement and Glamour of the 2017 Glam & Grunge Gala Dinner was skillfully captured by Sarah Lorien of Sarah Lorien Photography ( Sarah has kindly offered to work with some of our young people who have expressed an interested in photography. We are thrilled to have Sarah join StreetWork as a photographic partner. As you can see from her biography below Sarah works across a wide range of photographic disciplines.

Sarah Lorien is a Sydney Photographer inspired by the joy and positivity people experience simply by having and cherishing photographs they love. There is a thread connecting all genres of photography: the chance to tell your story - about your wedding, your family, your business, your art, your planet...about you. Sarah can direct you into compositions that have the style and precision of a Vanity Fair cover, or deftly capture the almost unseen moments, the essence of behaviours, expressions and memories in lifestyle and photojournalistic photgraphy. Each shoot is customised to achieve the images you want.

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Piper Alderman Partnership

Today StreetWork staff attended the launch of the Piper Alderman Partnership launch.  The partnership will ensure that 'at risk' young people who require legal advice can access these professional services on a pro-bono basis. 

We heard from Brendan May, Piper Alderman Associate and Partnership Manager, that "Pro bono” comes from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means “for the public good”.  He said that Piper Alderman was committed to given 'at risk' young people access to the necessary legal advice to assist them to turn their lives around.

KFC Youth Foundation Partnership

StreetWork is delighted to have been selected as a beneficiary of the KFC Youth Foundation.  Tim Sheerman, Youth Services Manager, participated in the filming of the StreetWork partner video which will be showcased at the KFC Restaurant General Managers Conference on the Gold Coast in February.

The KFC Youth Foundation's support will be crucial in helping our staff to support more 'at risk' young people to access the KickStart Mentoring Program, employment opportunities and other early intervention and prevention programs.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the LifeSource Christian Church for the donation of Christmas Food Hampers, movie tickets and Coles voucher for each of the 'at risk' young people that are connected with StreetWork. Our youth workers have commenced the distribution of hampers to each young person they work with and for many of them, its the only Christmas gift that they will receive.  #turningyounglivesaround with the LifeSource Christian Church

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CommBank Foundation Centenary Grants

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StreetWork would like to acknowledge the contribution that we've recently received from the CommBank Foundation (formally known as the Staff Community Fund) as part of their centenary of giving celebrations which will be used to support more 'at risk' young people to turn their lives around through our KickStart Mentoring Program.

The CommBank employee giving program commenced in 1917, where through their staff 'care packages' were sent to fighting Australians during the First World War.  When it ended, staff continued their fundraising efforts, buying cots for children in hospital and then in the decades that followed their focus was on young people in needed.

John T Reid Trusts Donation

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StreetWork would like to acknowledge the contribution that we've recently received from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts which will be used to support more 'at risk' young people to turn their lives around through our KickStart Mentoring Program.

The John T Reid Charitable Trusts are a national funding organisation with a wide ranging commitment to philanthropy around Australia. The Trustees are proud of a track record of generous giving for sixty years, being responsive to community need and supportive to key issues.

Glam and Grunge 2017 - Wrap Up and Thank You

The 2017 Glam and Grunge event has come and gone, unprecedented in size and scale, and it has left its mark on many people ... the guests who attended and donated kindly; the volunteers who gave up their time to assist; and our supporters, donors and suppliers who provided StreetWork with items for the live and silent auction.

Together we were able to raise over $100,000 to assist young people in need in the Northern Sydney Region.  Your generosity will enable StreetWork staff and volunteers to continue to support and empower 'at risk' young people to turn their lives around with much of the money raised going towards the employment of another youth worker who will provide mentoring to 'at risk' young people.

Special thanks to our photographer, Sarah Lorien (, for capturing the night through her lens. 


StreetWork’s Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Advisory Council held their annual community Push Kart event together with International Men’s Day.  StreetWork’s Local Advisory Council (LAC) Chairperson, Youth Worker and local advocate, Lucy Dahill organized the event with the objective to raise awareness of men’s physical and mental health and the positive effects of teamwork.  The day was filled with laughter, a BBQ and competitive streaks from some participants even though the course was designed for family fun! Participants ranged from 4 to 74 yet the smiles were the same - ear to ear!

The BBQ was a welcome recharge station and all volunteers on the day had valuable conversations with local residents. Thank you to all volunteers on the day - we couldn’t have done it without you. “Our mission is ambitious but simple” says Youth Worker, Lucy Dahill. “By 2020, StreetWork’s Ku-ring-gai LAC wants every vulnerable young person in our community to be supported when struggling with family conflict, drugs and alcohol problems and mental health issues.”

All funds raised on the day went to raising funds to hire another vital Youth Worker for our community’s youth.  You can donate by visiting StreetWork’s website and contributing to hiring a vital Youth Worker. Youth Services personnel offer more comprehensive positive role modelling, mentoring, justice advocacy and practical support to ‘at risk’ young people living in the Hornsby - Ku-ring-gai area.  

This need has been determined through extensive data analysis and in conjunction with StreetWork’s extensive service network which includes NSW Police, Juvenile Justice, Department of Education & Training, Family and Community Services, TAFE NSW, local councils, schools, other youth-support organisations and by engaging with young people who we meet through our Outreach activities.

If you would like to be involved in the 2018 event which will include corporate and community races as well as a community fun course, please get in touch and we will keep you informed as planning progresses.