The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation works with the community for the community and delivers services to over 5,000 people across four streams annually:
Health and Wellbeing
At its core, our health and wellbeing pillar aims to empower men and women in the West to lead healthier lives by providing education, physical activity opportunities and a supportive social network through our Sons and Daughters of the West Programs which annually attract over 1300 participants.
We strive to address the key public health concerns within Australia through the development of health pathways and co-designed content which focus on health promotion and behavioural change.
Our Youth Leadership & Development pillar strives to provide young people with hands on opportunities to become engaged in a learning pathway and grow as social leaders. Dedicated to shaping our future leaders, we support young people to join us on a journey to increase self-awareness, social awareness and ultimately community impact. These programs annually support over 200 young people and draw on their resilience and energy to lead and solve problems within their own community.
Diversity & Social Inclusion
Our Diversity & Social Inclusion pillar aims to actively encourage social change by building self-reliant and connected communities that participate in, and contribute back to, our diverse society. For generations, Melbourne’s west has been the first place that hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Australia have called home. Our region has among Australia’s highest rates of citizens born overseas and is the most culturally diverse area in state. People from more than 130 different nations have made their new home in Melbourne’s west. We also have a significant indigenous population in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as across Western Victoria. We celebrate diversity as an integral part of a united and cohesive community and aim to engage with multicultural, indigenous and all abilities communities via innovative programs.
We believe in, stand for, and work to promote community harmony. We work with the entire community to promote inclusiveness and equality for all, regardless of race, faith, gender or disability. We facilitate health and well-being events, family days, VFL carnivals, and CALDPlay Gala events as well as participating in other key community events in the west.
- -Over 20 community Engagement Events a year
- -Over 10,000 Total engagements annually
- -Supporting AFL themed rounds such as Indigenous round, multicultural round and White Ribbon Games to address social issues
- -Leveraging VFL/AFLW games to utilise VU Whitten Oval as a community hub for diverse and positive community interaction
- -Over 50 volunteers contributing over 5000 volunteer hours each year