Our Kleenheat Community Grants program supports local groups, charities, and not-for-profit organisations doing great things in communities across the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia.
One of the five Grants categories, Cultural Diversity, rewards organisations that maintain an awareness and understanding of diversity in our community and actively celebrate the many cultures that enrich our community across WA and the NT.
Who and what is RUAH Community Services?
Ruah offers psychosocial support to people with severe and enduring mental health diagnosis, both in the community and in their residential facility. The supports they offer are client-centric and focus on recovery, which includes assistance in maintaining tenancy, managing mental health, attending appointments and goal setting.
Ruah has been working with vulnerable people for over sixty years and operates in both regional and metropolitan areas.
RUAH’s client base is predominantly sourced via referrals from community mental health clinics, GP’s or private psychologists.
The name Ruah is an ancient Hebrew word meaning vital breath, wind, air and spirit. the name honours the legacy of RUAH’s founders, The Daughters of Charity, and is considered to represent the spirit of the organisation.
How did RUAH use the $1,000 Kleenheat Community Grant?
The team at RUAH applied for a Cultural Diversity grant so that they could create a yarning circle on their residential site for clients to have a safe space to be able to sit and yarn with either peers or supports.
RUAH used their grant to install a yarning circle at their site in Geraldton, using limestone blocks and incorporating native plants.
A smoking ceremony will officially open the yarning circle and it will also receive an Indigenous name using the local Yamiji language for the area.
Connecting the local community.
RUAH hosts a community barbecue every fortnight for clients and carers and uses the yarning circle as a safe and inclusive gathering area.
Learn more about our Kleenheat Community Grants program.
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Our Community Grants program supports local groups and organisations doing great things in communities across the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia.
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