Meaningful Community Engagement
Lord Somers Camp and Power House has partnered with organisations to deliver nine weekend programs for various at-risk or vulnerable groups within our community. The purpose of these programs is to increase meaningful community engagement, serve others, facilitate the development of friendships and peer support networks, enhance self-confidence, increase independence and provide respite to people in need.
See below the range of programs we run in partnership with other organisations.
In partnership with the mirabel Foundation, we give children and families, impacted by drug and substance abuse, a fun weekend away. Our volunteers entertain children with energetic and fun activities while simultaneously providing a relaxing weekend of pampering for carers (commonly grandparents).
In partnership with the Very Special Kids Organisation, this twice-yearly weekend program gives children living with life threatening illnesses, and their families, a weekend away. Kids get an opportunity to just be kids while their parents and carers are connected to others in similar situations and also enjoy the opportunity for respite.
ATLAS is a weekend camp for teenagers from a refugee or newly migrated background. Activities and entertainment are designed with the aim to help participants build self-confidence, share in cultural exchange, make new friends, try new eperiences and create a sense of belonging and identity to help participants adjust to a new life in Australia. The program also promotes mutual understanding amongst multicultural youth and volunteer staff.
Camp Diversity is a fun weekend camp for young people living with intellectual and physical disabilities. Our enthusiastic volunteers run a jam-packed weekend of activities, new experiences and entertainment that aims to help participants build friendships, self-confidence and peer support networks. Camp starts on Friday night and runs right through to Sunday lunchtime.
The Community Outreach Initiative is a volunteer led annual working bee, often described as The Block for social good. The aim is to provide coordinated assistance to organisations and communities that require a helping hand. Past projects have included painting and repairing community facilities in Montserrat and Bendigo, creating a sensory garden for a special development school and the reconstruction of fence-lines destroyed by floods in Northern Victoria.