MPF devotes about 75% of our budget to education and is exploring a number of opportunities through a growing network of local education providers.
Through a collaboration with six Mornington Peninsula primary schools and kinders, No Limits addresses low rates of oral language development and explores the link between oral language and literacy in the early years and the impact on longer term engagement with learning. 2019 – 2021
Literacy Support at Tyabb Rail Primary
Literacy Support at Tyabb Railway Station Primary School addresses low rates of literacy and employs one on one daily intervention by Educational Assistants, based upon individual assessments and learning plans.
Healthy Eats @ Wallaroo Primary
Healthy Eats @ Wallaroo Primary provides all children at the school with a nutritious daily breakfast and lunches each day for a different class, students of which learn about kitchen hygiene, how food is grown, prepared and cooked, enjoyed in a communal setting and beautifully cleared away.
A School Bus at Mornington Park
In 2020 two generous donors provided a school bus for Mornington Park Primary, enabling children to participate in extra curricula activities and support greater engagement with the broader community.
Support for non-attenders at Rosebud Secondary
A small grant to students who have ceased attendance at Rosebud Secondary College is supporting the case work provided by Anglicare within the school.
The Learning Guarantee
The Learning Guarantee investigates why only three out of ten students enrolling at Western Port Secondary are at required standards for this transition. It is exploring academic and well being measures and service and environmental factors contributing to these data. 2020
After School Tutoring at Eastbourne Primary
After School Tutoring through Anglicare at Eastbourne Primary addresses high rates of disengagement from learning and low rates of literacy and numeracy through one on one weekly tutoring based on individual assessment and learning plans.
Music in Schools
Music in Schools provides quality music education to children at Crib Point, Hastings and Wallaroo Primaries, focusing on learning the language of music through the John Feierabend program delivered by Ree Liddell.
The Feuerstein Program at Advance College
The Feuerstein Program addresses low rates of engagement in learning for students who have been excluded from mainstream education and are enrolled at the Advance Community College and is based on Feuerstein’s theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability.
The Abecedarian Program at Eastbourne Primary
The Abecedarian Program at Eastbourne Primary and Seawinds Community Hub focuses on increasing oral language in pre school years to support greater engagement with learning and literacy development.
Elevate at Western Port
Elevate addresses disengagement from learning evidenced by high absenteeism and early school leaving at Western Port Secondary College, and investigates the potential to incorporate the philosophies and practices of Oakwood School, which have successfully
MPF Transition Scholarships
MPF Transition Scholarships provide $500 per scholarship to support students and families with significantly increased education costs in transitioning from primary to secondary or from middle to upper secondary where special subject costs can prohibit student choice and engagement.
The Kitchen Renovation at Wallaroo Primary
The Kitchen Renovation at Wallaroo Primary will enable the school to operate the Healthy East program at full capacity.
Educational Assistance on the Southern Peninsula
Educational Assistance on the Southern Peninsula provides individual students and families with financial assistance towards technology, uniforms, subject costs, camps and excursions.
MPF provides support from assertive outreach to prevention of homelessness through a range of niche services delivered in flexible, innovative ways by a range of community partners.
Housing and Homelessness in Western Port
The Housing and Homelessness Program at the Western Port Community Support Centre provides specialist case management for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. To date over 230 clients plus family members have been supported with over 50% securing stable housing.
Assertive Outreach, Rosebud
Assertive Outreach, Rosebud has recently been provided on the Rosebud foreshore as tensions and numbers have risen to crisis point. This program is currently being reviewed with a view to ongoing support.
The Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower Program
The Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower Program provides bi-weekly outreach support to people experiencing homelessness on the Rosebud foreshore and surrounds. To date over 180 individuals at over 1200 presentations have been supported with food, companionship, shower and laundry facilities.
Rooming House Outreach, Hastings and Rosebud
Rooming House Outreach, Hastings and Rosebud provides weekly food and connection by Salvocare to people living in rooming houses. Includes referrals, community linkages and support towards training, employment, health and more stable housing.
Preventing homelessness through Private Rental Assistance
The Preventing Homelessness, Southern Peninsula Program works specifically with people at risk of homelessness or who are recently homeless, providing a nexus between supply and demand to mitigate risks and work towards secure tenancies which benefit both tenants, land lords and agents. To date a 80% secured housing has been achieved.
Mattresses for people newly housed
Mattresses for people newly housed are provided by Sealy Mattresses with support from one of MPF’s donors in collaboration with the Housing program at Western Port.
MPF Community Development grants provide support across a range of organisations and issues and enable immediate benefit to be combined with growing understanding of community issues and opportunities for MPF to become engaged.
Might Good Men provides weekly connection and support for men who are isolated, experiencing mental health issues and are seeking reintegration with community. Weekly activities are led by the members and provide a vehicle for restoration through community and professional engagement.
Women’s Program @ Willum Warrain
The Women’s Program at Willum Warrain has gathered a group of proud, local Aboriginal women who are working through culture to empower their families and communities to stand tall and look forward.
OzAssist IT upgrade
OzAssist is a volunteer organisation providing support to people who are navigating the social support system. Often they are in vulnerable circumstances and face the complexities of the system which are impenetrable and overwhelming.
Uniforms4U provide freshly laundered second hand and sometimes new uniforms for families in need on the Southern Peninsula. Volunteer run and always cheerful, this is a connection that is about more than uniforms. It’s about building a community.
Presentation Family Centre Holiday Program
Presentation Family Centre provides respite to families experiencing vulnerabilities and recently was supported by MPF to enhance the holiday programs with fund and educational activities.
Family Support Service
Southern Peninsula Family Support Service operates out of SPCSIC and provides client led, relational, non mandated family support through insightful and compassionate case management, forging links across the community that are empowering families through challenging situations.
YMCA Visiting Practitioners Program
YMCA Youth Services provides a central hub for young people in Rye. MPF recently supported the provision of the Visiting Practitioners Program which includes yoga and reiki at no charge for young people.
Covid 19 Responses
During Covid e19 MPF has provided a number of small grants to community partners to support immediate and emerging needs.
Headsets at Hastings Primary
Hastings Primary sought support to purchase headsets for all of their students so that when they returned to school they could all safely use the IT equipment.
Phones in extreme isolation
Mobile phones were provided by emergency relief agencies and housing workers to reduce client isolation which was exacerbated during the crisis.
Family Meals from Somers Camp
Somers Camp provided healthy cooked meals during the school closures to over 350 families per week across ten Peninsula primary schools utilising the Camp staff who were underutilised with the camp being closed during term 2.
Counselling at Tootgarook Primary
Some primary schools experienced significant increases in family crisis with children requiring increased support, which was provided in the form of on site counselling.
Food Vouchers for Emergency Relief
Food Vouchers were provided for people needing emergency relief.
IT at Fusion
Young people experiencing homelessness at Fusion Youth Centre were provided with laptops and connectivity to reduce increased isolation and vulnerability.
Our Featured Project: No Limits
We are constantly active on the Peninsula and meet community agencies and donor partners in situ on a regular basis. Please contact us with any enquiries or if you would like to contribute in any way.