Caring about the community is something Souths Cares does well. In fact Souths Cares does this very well and has been doing so for over eight years now.
Established in 2006, Souths Cares is often described as the ‘charity wing’ of the South Sydney Football Club; it is in fact a registered charity, with its own governance structure as an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution.
General Manager of Souths Cares, Shannon Donato, said that the charity was established to specifically support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region.
“There is no doubt that the establishment of Souths Cares was to formalise existing structures within the Club,” said Shannon.
“That is to say that supporting our local community is something that the Football Club has always done but Souths Cares allowed the Club to formalise and provide structure to their Community Programs.
“The community are part of our DNA at the Rabbitohs and we are part of theirs.
“Souths Cares has a Board of Directors that is talented, experienced and hardworking, and importantly, they understand our community.
“That is why Souths Cares is able to deliver and manage five core community programs:
· Teachers’ Aide;
· Indigenous Oral Health Care;
· Healthy and Active Lifestyles;
· Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Indigenous School to Work Transition; and
· Ngalya Banga (Working Together) Indigenous Employment.
“Our programs focus on the key areas of health, education and employment, with an emphasis on connection or re-connection to culture.”
With Souths Cares recently engaging Social Ventures Australia to conduct an independent review into the Social Return on Investment their programs deliver, the report found that in one of its programs alone, Nanga Mai Marri has delivered $977,000 in benefits for its participants and its local community.
“It illustrates the many benefits of the work Souths Cares creates in the community each day,” Shannon said.
“In addition to this the report identified the importance of a sense of belonging and a ‘greater sense of pride about being an Indigenous person’ as important factors in the program’s success.
“That is why Souths Cares places importance on knowing culture and belonging, particularly with our students.”
To learn more about Souths Cares and their programs please press play on the video player.