What is Souths Cares?
Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region. Its charter is to support disadvantaged, marginalised and indigenous youth and their families with a specific focus on education, training, health and employment.
Souths Cares leverages the Rabbitohs NRL team to engage the community and affect positive social change.
How You Can Play Your Part
The good work done by Souths Cares is made possible by the generosity of the community. To play your part and contribute to the great work done by Souths Cares, you can help by clicking here.
Please note that all donations over $2.00 are tax deductable, and you will be provided with an invoice for you generosity.
Our programs include:
Teachers' Aide program
Our entire NRL Squad are involved in the delivery of the Teacher’s Aide program.
The schools currently involved in the program are: La Perouse Primary School, Alexandria Park Community School, Green Square School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterloo.
All members of the NRL squad are split up into groups and schools are visited weekly, with players attending their designated school on a rolling roster. Each group has a team captain who is responsible for managing the group in coordination with the South’s Cares Programs Coordinator. The captain liaises with players, the Souths Cares Programs Coordinator and with school staff, to ensure that the sessions run smoothly and student engagement is maximised.
Healthy and Active Lifestyle program
Souths Cares partners with Life Education to deliver a holistic program for Years 5 & 6 students in the South Sydney catchment area.
This program combines the NRL initiative, ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ along with a range of Life Education programs, to offer the students a fun educational excursion outside of the school environment. Importantly, this program educates students to make informed decisions about their body and lifestyle choices as they approach their teenage years.
Where possible, South Sydney players will contribute and share their own healthy lifestyle choices with the students. Sessions are held at the Souths Cares Classroom located in the Sydney Corporate Park in Alexandria.
Indigenous Leadership Program - Schools to Work Transition program
“Nanga Mai Marri” (Dream Big)
This program focuses on Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island pupils and works alongside them to identify and develop their own education and employment outcomes.
The program is underpinned by a greater understanding of culture as a way of building self esteem. Once this cultural base has been established, sessions include employability skills training such as career exploration, resume building, goal setting, interview technique, grooming and etiquette. This leads to either employment or continuing education outcomes through a range of corporate networks or education institutions with which Souths Cares has built strong relationships.
The uniqueness of this program is that it will bring together students, parents, corporate partners, education institutions, community groups and Rabbitohs NRL players in collaboration to support students on their journey.
Souths Cares Oral Health Program
Souths Cares embarked on an exciting new Oral Health Campaign in 2013. Partnering with the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Souths Cares are delivering a number of initiatives to support and encourage good oral health habits in youth of the South Sydney region and surrounding areas.
From January 2014, the second phase of the project will be launched with the Program also being offered in five regional towns across New South Wales, reaching an additional 1,200 youth; with a particular focus on Indigenous youth.
Souths Cares thank and acknowledge the support received from the community. It is this support that makes our programs possible and allows us to make a real difference in improving the education, employment and health outcomes of the youth we support.