Our Community Partners


For 50 years the Qantas Cabin Crew and Pilots have been raising funds for The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children by writing and performing a revue which is held at NORTHS. Since 1967 Qantas have raised $7.8 million for the kids and they’re still going strong with great events each year such as the Revue, Charity Flight, Trivia Night and the Jumbo Joy Flight.

Look out for the next Qantas revue in November 2018.


‘Bringing up Great Kids’ program

Odyssey House aims to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol and other drug related health, socio and economic harm among individuals, families and communities. We have identified through our 40 years of services that children are often the hidden victims of adult alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse. To ensure that we engage with those in need in the area we want to run the Bringing Up Great Kids Program locally to incorporate parenting skills with our regular AOD community-based services.


Miracle Fund

Dance Chance is a dance class for people with a disability aged 5 to 75, run primarily by volunteers.

Dance Chance is a proud member of the North Sydney community. With our weekly classes held in Naremburn and our end of year concert in North Sydney, we feel proud to provide a vital service to the residents of North Sydney with disabilities.


‘Learn, Work and Life Skills’ program

The target client group of Phoenix House are young people confronted with challenging circumstances, such as mental health issues, victims of bullying, family breakdown and violence, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness. They are aged between 14 to 24 and reside in the Northern Sydney region. The program will equip them with the tools to succeed in their studies, while learning soft skills, such as positive social interaction with their peers, families and extended community. Thanks to flexible study solutions students are able to build upon their natural talents and improve their learning outcomes.


Learning difficulties are common with 5-15% of children affected. Such learning difficulties can have a far reaching impact on an individual’s academic achievement as well as on their emotional wellbeing. By addressing these issues this will have future implications, decreasing the likelihood of behavioural issues, anti-social behaviour, school dropout and substance abuse, which are often associated with unaddressed learning difficulties.

Therapy in Schools – Cammeray Public School

Continuation of the Therapy in Schools program with Cammeray Public School for children with learning difficulties. Learning Links providing an speech therapist one day a fortnight, funded by this grant from NORTHS.

Reading for Life program

Reading for Life program to be delivered by trained volunteers for a local school. The Reading for Life program is a measurable 10 week program for children in Years 3 to 5 at Primary School to enhance Literacy


Mary’s House Domestic Violence Shelter

Rental assistance for families with boys 12 and over

This project will greatly impact families with boys over the age of 12 years as these boys cannot be housed in the current set-up which is a mixed refuge. These families are already traumatised and are financially challenged having no means of support as they are fleeing their homes. The project will provide a safe haven in which they can catch their breath, heal from the trauma and resume their lives in a calmer less frenetic way.

Mary’s House Rebuilding Lives

The families accommodated at Mary’s House have left their homes due to domestic violence and, as a consequence, they are both socially and financially disadvantaged during this transition period in their lives. Without appropriate support, these families are at risk of ongoing disadvantage, particularly those from non-English speaking backgrounds who may find it difficult to engage with local support services due to language barriers and limited knowledge of services available to them.


New wheels for meals on wheels

New wheels for meals on wheels will allow the Crows Nest Centre to deliver meals and fresh sheets and towels to housebound frail older people and people with a disability, over 90% of whom are on a pension. Most live alone and experience significant social isolation, impacting their health and well-being. These basic in-home support services provide nutrition, dignity and most importantly meaningful connection with the outside world as well as some personal comfort that someone is keeping an eye on the more vulnerable members of our local community.


Extended opening hours, providing greater access to health services

Gidget House provides professional support for those suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety which affects 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers.

In 2017, via a ClubGRANT from NORTHS, the Gidget Foundation was able to pilot an extension of hours for Gidget House North Sydney – 5-7pm three days a week. This was well received by patients and allowed the Foundation to make more sessions available, and consequently support more expectant and new parents.

Gidget House helps ensure that those with mental illness feel cared for and supported, hence removing the isolation they may experience when diagnosed with a mental illness. Given the success of this pilot, the Gidget Foundation will continue this extension of hours, so they can offer easier access to appropriate services for those affected by perinatal depression and anxiety.


Wellbeing for Mothers ‘Happy Mums, Happy Bubs’ Program

Continuation of support for this program for mothers with young babies that have, or are at risk of having postnatal depression.

The majority of the mums have no family and no support and feel they have nowhere to turn and the Centre offers the community they need.

Because of the ClubGRANT they can offer this 8 week program for free, and the service includes group discussions and counselling sessions with a qualified psychologist.

This provides an environment (once our mums feel confident after attending our program) for them to meet new people and socialise while feeling a sense of community. With the help of this program, not only do our mums lives improve, but so do those people around them – their partners, children, family etc.


Wellbeing program for young people with early psychosis

The target group are socially disadvantaged as they hardly participate in the community and do not socially interact with peers due to their mental health needs. Young people who go through the community mental health service are from financially disadvantaged background has accessed housing support and families on low incomes or on government support schemes. Young people with early psychosis if not intervened at the right time could end up being living with mental health issues needing public health services.


Mary’s House – Rebuilding Lives
This project will enable the St Vincent de Paul Society to give an effective level of support to the families living at Mary’s House and those transitioning from the service to establish new homes in the North Sydney LGA. Society members will continue to support families to rebuild their lives; engage with their local community; and live independently.

The aim of this project is to remove some of the immediate financial stress impacting on vulnerable women and children and to support them to access other relevant services in the area, thereby reducing their social isolation and developing connections to their local community.

Mary’s House focuses on supporting women to regain their self esteem and to feel safe and valued by the community. This project will support the work of Mary’s House by enabling the Society to provide families with the financial support they need to establish and maintain a new home in the North Sydney LGA for themselves and their children.

The Shelter Project
There is no situation more isolating than a lack of shelter and, consequently, the need to ‘sleep rough’ in a cave, on a park bench, under the Harbour Bridge or near heating vents of commercial buildings. These examples reflect the reality for a significant number of people who approach the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Crows Nest Centre for assistance. With no fixed address they often find it difficult to access local community services and are at constant risk of being robbed of the few possessions that they have.

St Vincent de Paul Society members offer friendship and support to people who are facing hardship and those who are living rough have access to food, clothing and blankets through Vinnies shops. Having their material needs met fosters trust and encourages people to feel a connection to the local community. It also provides opportunities for Society members to address the social isolation associated with homelessness. This project will enable us to better support those who are sleeping rough by providing a safe place for them to sleep and store their possessions while we work with them to access local community services that can address their homelessness issues.


Under 16’s refuge financial assistance

Whilst residing at Taldumande’s Under 16s Program Refuge, their clients often have limited financial resources. Through this grant, Taldumande can provide children and young people with a more nutritional food program whilst they reside in their care.


North Shore Stroke Survivors Choir

Keystrokes has demonstrated the benefits of singing and participating in a choir in short and long term survivors of Stroke. Studies have shown how the choir has enhanced communication and speech output, decreased depressive symptoms, improved memory and increased social interactions, thereby enhancing wellbeing and quality of life for those with aphasia.


Artists with an intellectual disability delivering workshops for local children

Studio A is a social enterprise initiative of Studio ARTES Northside, an organisation that provides creative programs with whole-life outcomes for adults with disability.

This project will contribute to the income and employment opportunities of artists with intellectual disability by funding the development of a workshop for children, delivered by the artists in their studio in Crows Nest

This workshop series and educational material will be launched as part of the 2018 North Sydney Children’s festival

This project will contribute to the income and employment opportunities of people with intellectual disability. Because of their disability, our artists are financially disadvantaged and largely excluded from the job market. This project utilises these artist’s unique experiences and talents to create a marketable product that will diversify the income streams of these artists.


Delta Therapy Dogs for aged care facilities in the Lower North Shore

Elderly pet owners who must enter aged care facilities report feelings of loss when they have to leave their pets behind. Pets provide one of the few interventions capable of permanently lifting the atmosphere of hospices and nursing homes.

NORTHS can support a Delta Therapy Team for a year at the aged care facilities Lansdowne Gardens, Neutral Bay and James Milson Village, North Sydney.


Vision Australia’s Orientation and Mobility service for Lower North Shore residents

This grant allows Vision Australia to provide O&M services and white canes for 5 clients living in the North Sydney LGA

Many of the clients who have previously participated in this program have reported acceptance of their vision loss more readily when they can maintain their independence in their home and local community, feeling more comfortable in accessing public transport, continuing to meet friends for social interactions and maintaining control over aspects of their life that are personal and private.

Our Sporting Partners


NORTHS has a strong connection with Rugby League and we endeavor to assist in the development of players starting at a Junior level. Through yearly support to the North Sydney District Junior Rugby League, NORTHS has been able to supply financial sponsorship which has reached over $640,000 across the last five years. In the past year this has seen the following achieved:

  • Administration costs associated with the registration and insurance for almost 1,000 Junior League players
  • Council ground hire for over 540 games throughout the season
  • Referee fees
  • Club trainer equipment
  • Education courses for coaches, trainers & managers
  • Administration costs of the Junior League competition
  • Grand final trophies for all players and grand final day experience at North Sydney Oval
  • Junior Bears Development programs for U/13’s – U/15s including playing and training apparel
  • Coordinate elite programs for U/16s (Harold Matthews) and U/18s (SG Ball)

NORTHS also houses the NRL Junior Development Officer for Sydney North. This program works hard to educate local students in Rugby League through school holiday programs, gala days and carnivals throughout the year.


Strong growth built around professional management and high quality coaching has led to Northbridge FC becoming Australia’s largest football club with winter playing numbers of over 2,500 and another 1,000 players involved in summer football.

Northbridge FC is also home to the North Shore Mariners. The North Shore Mariners is the official Sydney based academy and pathway to the Centre Coast Mariners A League. NORTHS continued support of the Club has been instrumental in funding facility development and coach education. This has been hugely beneficial for both our male and female players.

‘We thank NORTHS for their support of many codes. The community is looking for more from their local sporting clubs and NORTHS funding is helping us all meet these growing needs. Plus NORTHS auditorium is an absolute must for our major presentations – best venue in Sydney.’ Kym Griffen, General Manager, Northbridge FC.


Northern Suburbs Netball Association (NSNA) has 6,000 members making it one of Australia’s largest netball associations. NSNA and NORTHS have partnered together to support the netball community on the Lower North Shore with NORTHS taking on the Gold Level sponsorship.

‘NORTHS Cammeray is to be congratulated for distributing its sponsorship across male and female sports by forming this partnership and supporting Australia’s premier female sport at a grassroots level. We couldn’t be more excited as the funds offered will allow us to develop player, coach and umpire programs for our entire association as well as provide a place to socialise off court’. Glenys Paranihi, President, Norther Suburbs Netball Association.



We at NORTHS are delighted to announce the ClubGRANTS recipients for 2018. We have focussed on projects that specifically benefit our local community and provide significant impact for those who are socially and financially disadvantaged, socially isolated or who have other high needs.


ClubGRANTS is designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to our local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by clubs.

Category 1 is for expenditure on specific community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities. In particular, expenditure on projects and services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community, and that are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

Successful candidates for 2017 include Dance Chance, Phoenix House Youth Services, Learning Links at Cammeray Public School and Anzac Park Public School, North Sydney Women’s Benevolent Association – Mary’s House Domestic Violence Shelter, Naremburn Family Centre, Gidget House, The Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, North Sydney Police Citizens Youth Club, St Vincent de Paul Society, Taldumande Youth Services, Kids Like Brett and Vision Australia.


To find out more about North Sydney ClubGRANTS please click here

North Sydney Council accepts applications online click here

For more information contact:

Wendy Joyce, North Sydney Council

Phone: (02) 9936 8194


Robert Lopez, NORTHS Marketing

Phone: (02) 9245 3000



Have a look at this short video to see what our staff think about working for the Norths group.

“I’m very proud to be the CEO of the Norths Group. We have a dedicated Board and over 350 employees. We’re working very hard on the “WHY?” Why do we do what we do on a daily, monthly or annual basis. Some of that work has established that we really do have a common thread across all of our clubs. And that is enriching our communities.” Luke, CEO Norths Group

“What a lot of people don’t know is that the Norths Group is a not-for-profit organisation. So that means that the money that we make goes to our charity partners, and many social, educational and sporting organisations.” Alison, NORTHS

“We’re about giving back and making lasting, positive contributions. We strive to enrich our communities. Pink Ribbon Day, Jean for Genes Day, Daffodil Day, R U OK? Day, The Resilience Project are all for community enrichment.” Cassie, NORTHS

“NORTHS isn’t just a place to work – we are NORTHS.” Tyler, NORTHS Fitness

The video below gives an insight into how important local clubs are to their communities.

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