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Your donations at work (mid year update 2014)

15 students have accessed tertiary humanities classes this semester, assisted by volunteer mentors on a weekly basis.

“Sandy* is a single mother with three boys.  Sandy, began with the program, initially Sandy had seen herself as “dumb” and thought she would never be able to study, let alone at Bachelor level.. Sandy is a single mother with three boys.
Sandy was worried that her boys were heading down the same path she had followed which had a negative impact on her life financially, legally and has affected her health and well-being.  Sandy had decided that if she was to assist her boys and help them not to travel this path, she would need to change.  As a result of Sandy’s participation and her hard work, she was able to graduate and attend the Graduation Ceremony with her fellow ACU students.  Sandy has gone on to study Aged Care and is now employed in her local area.  Sandy has stated that one of her proudest moments was at graduation when her boys told her ‘how proud’ they are of her and that they ‘look up to her'”.


*Name has been changed


A doorway to the treasures of humanities education for we “who struggle a little bit… to get us back out there into life, and to see some sort of future”thumb-Vic-clemente

former Clemente Student Debbie.

United Way Ballarat partners with Australian Catholic University Ballarat (ACU), Centacare Ballarat, City of Ballarat – Ballarat Libraries, The Smith Family Ballarat and  Federation University Australia to provide this program.  The Clemente Program offers the opportunity of tertiary education for people who for many and varied reasons, have never had that opportunity.  Students who successfully complete four units are awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Students are enrolled at ACU who also cover their student fees.  Community volunteers, recruited and supported by United Way Ballarat, act as ‘learning partners’ to students, giving support with planning, writing, research and learning computer skills.  Centacare Ballarat and The Smith Family Ballarat recruit students, coordinate the program and provide personal support for the students.  Both Universities provide academics who offer a positive experience of tertiary education.  The City of Ballarat – Ballarat Libraries provide a non-threatening venue for the program to take place.

This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat in the following years:

Partner since 2008, specific funding 2014, 2016


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United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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