• AIME part of growing network of SVA alumni ventures

    The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience has become the eighth organisation to graduate from Social Ventures Australia’s venture portfolio, having achieved the sustainability and impact to continue to thrive without hands on support from SVA.

  • Meet Alex Oppes, Director, Impact Investing 

    A desire to do more than just help somebody make a profit is what drives Alex Oppes. A director in the Impact Investing team, Oppes has been at Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for almost five years.

  • Choosing a cause to support: passion vs pragmatism

    Beyond my work at SVA, I’m passionate about charities and the charity sector. As part of that, last month I spoke at the Sydney Opera House Antidote Festival on “practical donations”. It’s an interesting problem, and delving into it led me to re-examine a lot of my assumptions about giving. Fundamentally, why do we donate […]

  • Backtrack Boys film set to screen nationally

    On October 25 a film we’re all incredibly excited about and proud of at SVA: Catherine Scott’s award-winning documentary “Backtrack Boys” launches nationally. It’s the true story of BackTrack, a unique youth-centred program helping kids doing it tough. BackTrack and the program’s inspirational work is well known here at SVA, becoming a venture partner in […]

  • Innovation, disruption and lifelong learning: SVA’s 20th Thought Leadership Gathering

    Innovation. Disruption.  Lifelong Learning. These three themes were proclaimed proudly by guest speaker and Educational Technologist, Kieran Nolan, as part of his Provocation address at SVA’s recent Thought Leadership Gathering in Adelaide. The highly topical focus was: “STEM & Innovation – Deepening knowledge, sparking engagement and connecting learning.” Over three busy and technology-filled days in […]

  • Resolve Program: Improving mental health outcomes by supporting and empowering people

    Above: Flourish Australia Peer Worker Tim Morandi (2nd from the right) with his Flourish colleagues.  Nine months in, Resolve Program participants are being supported, empowered, and importantly, spending more time in the community rather than in hospital. Resolve Program participants say it’s making a significant impact on their lives, according to a Resolve Peer Worker […]

  • School Lawyer Program: helping young people access justice

    Teenage school children and teacher sitting in a classroom smiling

    I recently had the pleasure of working with WEstjustice to document the School Lawyer Program and develop a practical how-to guide for other organisations interested.

  • Aspire Case Navigator: ‘I feel like we’re part of something big.’

    A car with the Hutt St Centre logo.

    For the past five years, Tim Best, an Aspire Program Case Navigator at Adelaide’s Hutt Street Centre, has been helping people experiencing homelessness. Best joined the Aspire Program when the Aspire SIB launched last year, and says it’s the first opportunity he’s had to take a long-term approach with people who have a history of […]

  • ‘I’ve never seen my kids so happy.’ How Mimi’s House is supporting Queensland families

    'If it wasn’t for Mimi’s House, we wouldn’t be where we are today.'

    Wayne and Natasha Patel are proud parents of five children. After spending more than a year homeless as a family, they moved to Queensland’s Moreton Bay region about eight years ago. It was here where they were introduced to Mimi’s House.

  • Martumili: preserving culture and knowledge through art

    “For Martu people who live in this land, it’s the songline and the land around this area, it’s so special to them. We connect with the land – it’s our dreaming, our spirits, our culture. It’s my life. It’s all Martu people’s ancestors, our great grandmother’s and grandfather’s. What the old people told me – […]

  • Newpin Queensland’s first centre opens in Cairns

    Above: Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad during her visit.

    We are pleased to report that Uniting Care Queensland (UCQ) opened the first Newpin centre as planned in Cairns in January, and family referrals have commenced.

  • The Uniting Newpin Social Benefit Bond is funding essential services that are putting families back together

    The most difficult moment of Ryan’s* life, was when the NSW Department of Family and Community Services came to take his children away.