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The Bulldogs in the Community will be working closely with our community partners to deliver educational programs and raise awareness across the 3 primary social issues: 

Violence Prevention

Social Inclusion

Health & Wellness

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Our goal: Collaborate with White Ribbon Australia and other community organisations to reduce the incidents of violence against women and children through awareness raising campaigns and the facilitation of violence prevention programs.

  • Raise awareness about men’s violence against women and children
  • Fund 15 schools across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland to become White Ribbon Schools
  • Fund the professional development of 75 school teachers (primary and secondary) across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland to assist in implementing violence prevention programs
  • Raise awareness about respectful relationship and violence prevention to 15,000 students across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland
  • Partnership between Bulldogs and PCYC Belmore to deliver violence prevention program ‘Kids Say No’ to 120 “at risk youth”
  • Bulldogs to become a White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accredited organisation

White Ribbon Australia Initiatives

 

        Program Outcomes

  • Raise awareness about men’s violence against women and children
  • Fund 15 schools across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland to become White Ribbon Schools
  • Fund the professional development of 75 school teachers (primary and secondary) across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland to assist in implementing violence prevention programs
  • Raise awareness about respectful relationship and violence prevention to 15,000 students across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland
  • Bulldogs to become a White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accredited organisation
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Kids Say No - Belmore PCYC

Kids Say No program focuses on educating and raise awareness of domestic violence issues and mental health, reinforcing good relationships and build a positive relationship between Police and young people, empowering young people to make right choices in life and also educating young people on healthy relationships. The program provides the students with firsthand accounts through guest speakers from survivors of domestic violence.

Duration – School Terms

Target group – High Schools

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        Program Outcomes

  • Reduce each Program Participants involvement in the  crime categories/s
  • Increase attendance by participants to PCYC and/or Case Management
  • Young People to build confidence and increase communication skills
  • Better relationships between police and Young People
  • Raise Awareness and educate Young people on Domestic Violence
  • Show Leadership and continue to promote White Ribbon Day after the program has finished

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Our goal: Leverage the “Bulldogs effect” to create a harmonious community by actively engaging and celebrating cultural diversity.

· Increase social harmony through the Bulldogs in the Community program and Brydens Lawyers 500 Bulldogs Family Memberships to disadvantaged families including newly arrived refugees

· The continuation of our award winning Street Outreach program including the successful Drop In @ The Doggies and in collaboration with our community partners, deliver educational programs as well as access to Belmore Sports Ground for 4,500 disadvantaged youth

· Bulldogs in the Community and Canterbury Clothing Company will increase participation and sense of pride by “Kitting up” 15 local schools across Liverpool, Canterbury, Bankstown and Auburn with new sporting attire.

· Create successful career pathways for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney through the School to Work Programme

The Bulldogs have formed partnerships with local youth services to offer programs in a safe environment that will better equip young people that are deemed to be ‘at risk.’ The program is conveniently delivered at Belmore Sports Ground.

Be All In

The ‘Be All In’ programme gives students an opportunity to participate in multiple sports and the education component covers topics like building social harmony, and valuing self-esteem and diversity.  

Duration – 8 weeks, Term 3 and 4 (2016) and Term 1 (2017)

Target group – High Schools

     Program Outcomes

  • Collaborate with Western Sydney University, local Councils and community organisations across multiple regions
  • Improve student confidence by providing an avenue to meet and make new friends
  • Improve school attendance
  • Build community harmony
  • Provide educational pathways
  • Create a sense of belonging through sports
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Brydens Community Membership Program

The Bulldogs believe we play a positive role in delivering social harmony. Thanks to our partner Brydens Lawyers, in 2017 the Bulldogs will collaborate again with local community organisations to allocate 500 (GA) family memberships to disadvantaged families including newly settled families. As part of the initiative, Western Sydney University conducted an independent evaluation on the program and concluded the program provided significant benefits to the community. The successful outcome and positive impact it has had on families has inspired Brydens Lawyers, Bulldogs and local community organisations to continue the program in 2017. Click here for FAQ’s 

Duration – 2017 Season

Target group – Disadvantaged Families

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    Program Outcomes

  • Create social harmony
  • Engage disadvantaged families
  • Collaborate with local business and community organisations
  • Measure program impact through Western Sydney University

    Key Findings from WSU Evaluation

  • Facilitated positive engagement between participants and service providers
  • Strengthened relations between community and business
  • Increased Bulldogs visibility in the community
  • Strengthened social relations

Drop IN @ the Doggies

Upon conducting community consultation, the Bulldogs opened Belmore Sports Ground as an asset for community organisations to use the space to conduct programs addressing social cohesion, violence prevention and health & wellness activities. This has assisted in reducing the costs for local community organisations by accessing the space free of charge.

Duration – Every Thursday (school term) 3.00pm till 5.30pm

Target group – Young people

    Program Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge and awareness around mental health and physical wellbeing
  • Increased awareness of the benefits of participation in structured/social and recreational activities
  • Engagement in educational and skills based workshops in a safe and supported environment
  • Access to information on relevant organisations, including: counselling, drug and alcohol support services, education and employment services.
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Level Up

In partnership with Mission Australia’s Canterbury Bankstown Youth Services (CBYS) the Level Up program was a finalist in the NSW Premiers Community Awards. The initiative provides a fitness and living skills program to our young people. The program intends on delivering fortnightly workshops.  These workshops will involve both educational components and practical fitness sessions where the young people will get to take part in safe, fun and supervised physical activities.

The program includes educational components covering different topics such as nutrition, gambling with particular focus on sporting events and mental well-being.

Duration – Every Wednesday (school terms) 5.30pm till 7.30pm

Target group – Young people

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    Program Outcomes

  • To support young people in the Canterbury LGA in exploring the importance of physical wellbeing and the impact on their mental health.
  • To provide fortnightly opportunities for young people to explore their physical wellbeing through fitness and nutritional workshops.
  • To purchase fitness/sports resources not only for the use in such workshops but also for the sustainability in future programs.
  • To provide young people with a strong understanding of the significance of their own health both physical and mental well-being.  

Street Outreach 

In partnership with local community organisations, Youth off the Streets (YOTS) and Barnados, the Bulldogs will be delivering a street outreach and drop in program. The program is designed to assist young people from CALD (culturally & linguistically diverse) backgrounds who are at-risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour, committing crime and disengaging from mainstream education for reasons including family issues, behavioural issues and learning barriers.

 

Duration – Every Wednesday (school terms) 5.30pm till 7.30pm

Target group – Young people

    Program Outcomes

  • To facilitate an environment where young people feel safe
  • To engage with and motivate young people to identify their values, strengths and passions and have a better idea of which career path to pursue
  • Improve young people’s understanding of society and opportunities available
  • To foster relationships between young people and youth services
  • To utilise the power of sports to unify people
  • To strengthen the young people’s sense of community such as being part of a fan club of a popular sports team
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Our goal: Increase the participation in sport and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to reduce obesity and improve mental health.

  • In partnership with Life Education NSW, deliver primary prevention programs to 70,000 students across Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland areas
  • Increase Life Education NSW resources for students and teachers by 10%
  • Provide convenient access to the Healthy Harold Mobile Learning Centre to over 60,000 school aged children during game day activations

The Bulldogs in the Community will also;

  •  In collaboration with community organisations, the Bulldogs in the Community will deliver programs promoting the benefits of healthy eating and exercise to 4,500 youth
  •  In partnership with Canterbury Bankstown Youth Services, deliver the Level Up Program educating disadvantaged youth, deliver innovative education programs about the benefits healthy eating and active lifestyle
  • Bulldogs players to provide healthy lifestyle education programs to over 10,000 students

Hazem El Masri Cup

The Hazem El Masri Cup is a Rugby League tournament for high schools in the Canterbury Bankstown district that the Bulldogs will use to identify talent from the local area for inclusion in the Bulldogs development system. 

Three players will be selected from the tournament to join the Bulldogs Harold Matthews development squad over the coming summer.

Participation in the tournament is conditional on students having an attendance rate above 85% and the Bulldogs will also use the tournament to deliver important messaging around their three key social pillars – violence prevention, health and wellness and social inclusion.

The competition is named after Bulldogs legend and local junior Hazem El Masri who didn’t follow traditional Rugby League development pathways until he was spotted by talent scouts when he was 15 years old.   

More information can be found here

Duration – School term (completed in September)

Target group – High Schools

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    Program Outcomes

  • Increase health & wellness through participation in rugby league
  • Increase awareness of the impact of family violence through education and the partnership with White Ribbon Australia
  • Promote community harmony through the support of local community organisations
  • Improve school attendance

The Bulldogs and Life Education NSW

At the Bulldogs and Life Education we truly believe that all children and young people deserve to lead safe and healthy lives – now and into the future.

The program aims to instil in children the means to make considered decisions about their own health and safety now and in the future.

With its flagship program, Healthy Harold and its Mobile Learning Centres (MLC’s), the Bulldogs and Life Education NSW will promote and deliver primary prevention programs in schools as well as facilitate convenient access for school aged kids of the MLC’s during selected home matches.

Duration – School terms

Target group – Primary Schools

    Program Outcomes

  • Increase health & wellness through participation in rugby league
  • Increase awareness of the impact of family violence through education and the partnership with White Ribbon Australia
  • Promote community harmony through the support of local community organisations
  • Improve school attendance
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Kit Up Our Schools

Bulldogs understand schools play a critical role in delivering social harmony in our community. Schools do a fantastic job with the limited resources available. The Bulldogs and Canterbury Clothing Company (CCC) would like to acknowledge and support their schools by offering the “Kit Up Our Schools” initiative. In 2017, five local schools in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Liverpool areas involved in rugby league programs could have their school footy team kited up with new sets of jerseys. Together with the NRL Game Development Officers, we will identify eligible schools to be kitted up in their schools colours. We believe this initiative acknowledges the important role schools have in our society as well as deliver pride in the community they represent.

If you’d like to register your school for a rugby league program please CLICK HERE

Duration – School term

Target group – Primary and High Schools

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    Program Outcomes

  • Increase participation in sport
  • Promote school pride
  • Encourage social engagement
  • Utilise the power of sports to unify people

Community Carnival

Each year as part of a game wide initiative, the Bulldogs take part in a local and regional community blitz visiting local schools in the Bulldogs catchment as well as three day carnival to a regional area to deliver the games healthy lifestyle, education, cultural diversity and harmony initiatives.

From school and hospital visits to junior league coaching clinics, Rugby Leagues Community Carnival inspires children to lead healthy and active lives and to embrace Australians of all cultural backgrounds, as well as providing a focus for the tens of thousands of hours that NRL clubs and players dedicate each year to helping those in need.

Duration – School term

Target group – Primary and High Schools

    Program Outcomes

  • Education on the benefits of living healthy lifestyles
  • Inspire children to play rugby league
  • Education on cultural diversity and harmony programs
  • Encourage safe play
  • Encourage social engagement
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