BENDIGO'S Centre for Non-Violence has received a $4000 boost for its Solving the Jigsaw violence prevention initiative, thanks to the generosity of staff at the State Trustees.
The organisation's workplace giving program gave employees the opportunity to make a financial contribution to the multi-award winning early intervention and violence prevention program.
State Trustees chief executive Craig Dent said while employees supported many causes throughout the year, the Wholehearted Giving Program provided an opportunity to provide larger donations for a specific project or service.
We're largely dependent on philanthropic funding so it's really exciting for us ...
“State Trustees assists many vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised Victorians every year through our financial administration, trustee and deceased estate services including many families and children who face violence in their lives,” Mr Dent said.
“Organisations like the Centre for Non-Violence provide important support and prevention services.
"Through fortnightly payroll contributions employees are able to combine their work place giving efforts to provide a direct impact on education and early intervention through the centre.”
The Centre for Non-Violence's Solving the Jigsaw program works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and bullying in children’s lives.
Violence prevention projects coordinator Jude Dimanno thanked staff at the State Trustees for their generosity.
"We are absolutely delighted," she said.
"We're largely dependent on philanthropic funding so it's really exciting for us when people give donation and donations are vitally important to the program. The thing that was really exciting to hear about it was that it was actually the staff who worked at the State Trustees who raised the money themselves and chose Solving the Jigsaw."
The money will go towards tailoring the program to better suit the needs of older secondary school students.
"We're already in primary and secondary but mostly at the lower secondary and we're redeveloping content to be more relevant to go up to year 9," Ms Dimanno said.
The Centre for Non-Violence delivers a range of quality services and programs that respond to family violence and homelessness. Programs include: support for women and their children experiencing family violence; a coordinated and integrated family violence system response; and the Solving the Jigsaw program.