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Positive Education Forum - Scone High School

The Sheargold Foundation are very proud to have been a part of the Positive Education Information forum that took place at Scone High School on Monday 28/11/2016. The forum showcased how the introduction of ’Positive Education’ programs into 21 schools in the Upper Hunter will allow the community to make a positive change to mental illness. ‘Positive Education gives equal importance to student happiness and wellbeing, along with academic achievements. it is underpinned by the science of Positive Psychology, seeking to identify strengths, skills and social contexts to enable the individual and community to thrive’.

We are honoured to be onboard to support PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) and ’Where there’s a Will’ to establish the Upper Hunter as a Positive Education Hub. A community in which to support, invest and research the implementation of positive education over a three-year period.

Delta visit to Wesley Heights Nursing

“Love is not patronising and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa
Today I had the opportunity to see first hand the heartfelt work two of the Delta Society Australia volunteers and their four legged friends are doing at Wesley Heights Nursing Home and how much of a difference it is making it the lives of the residence they spend time with. 
I take my hat off to all the incredible volunteers out there who give up their time to help another human in need. Thank you.

New Generation of Giving 2015 London and Geneva Study Tour

We have come to the end of an incredible week of the 2015 'New Generation of Giving London and Geneva Study Tour'. What a truly inspirational and moving week we have had learning from experts in the field about the current and emerging trends in the philanthropic space, as well as making life long friendships and connections.

My highlights of the trip included;
- Sara Llewellin, CEO of 'Barrow Cadbury Trust' talk about their aim to promote social justice through grant making, research, influencing public policy and supporting local communities in the UK. 
- Caroline Mason, CEO of 'Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’ talk about is one of the largest grant-making foundations in the UK as well as their involvement the area of social investments. 
- Bridges Ventures looks at sustainable and impact investment. One organisations they have invested in (through the Social Impact Bond Fund) in particular who are achieving great thing in the area of Education & Skills includes 'Teens and Toddlers Innovation Program' which aims to support disadvantaged 14-19 year olds by partnering them with toddlers in a local nursery, offering an opportunity for responsible and empathy and allowing young people to act as a role model. Which intern improves their own school attendance and attainment. 
- And final listening to the passionate panel from OAK Foundation Geneva talk about their long term mission to address the issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged on a global scale. OAK Foundation are an inspiring organisation for the Sheargold Foundation to look up to going forward.

There is so much learning and social advancement to be gained through sharing of information, ideas and working in collaboration with other like minded organisation and individuals to try to make a difference in our world. Every effort no matter how big or small goes a long way in changing our world for the better.