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Learning Links is pleased to announce its latest collaboration with the Australian Turf Club (ATC) and the Australian Turf Club Foundation.  

Thanks to the generosity of the Australian Turf Club Foundation, the organisation is delivering a school-based resilience and wellbeing program for Australian children facing mental health challenges. This initiative aims to support the 1 in 5 children aged 4-11 who grapple with conditions like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger management, and poor social skills. 

Thanks to this funding, Learning Links psychologists will engage with up to 20 children using evidence-based techniques and therapies. These weekly sessions are tailored to address each child’s unique wellbeing needs. 

Support programs include: 

  • Psychological Therapy: Utilising evidence-based therapies like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Brief Solutions, and Play Therapy to address a spectrum of challenges.
  • Social Skills Programs: Focused on boosting self-esteem and enhancing interpersonal skills. 
  • Mental Health Programs: Equipping children with coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills to tackle anxiety and depression. 
  • Behaviour Management Programs: Aiming to help children recognise and address their feelings and behaviors. 
  • Counselling and Trauma Support: Providing personalised support for children who have experienced traumatic life events. 

 Alongside this funding, Learning Links was recently chosen to be part of the KIA Friday Night Racing season, made possible by the Australian Turf Club Foundation and Quayclean Australia.   

 At the beginning of the series, 12 local charities were allocated a jockey who would ride on their behalf throughout the series. At the end of the ten-night season, jockeys who compiled the highest totals earned their designated cause: $7,500 (leading rider), $3,500 (second high total) $2,000 (third highest) and $1000 for each charity of the remaining riders. We are grateful to our jockey, Josh Parr, who raced to earn Learning Links a $1,000 donation, which will be directed to our Disadvantaged Children’s Education Fund. 

The donation will go towards funding critical literacy and numeracy, speech therapy, and psychology-based services for children from families facing financial disadvantage. This support will promote their participation and inclusion in school, and support skill development to empower them to learn, develop and thrive. 

Learning Links Head of Fundraising and Partnerships, Rachel Brodie-Browne says, “We are so grateful for the unwavering support of the Australian Turf Club and the Australian Turf Club Foundation. Their generosity has not only enabled local schools to take part in our resilience and wellbeing program, but is also supporting students through our Disadvantaged Children’s Education Fund. We are so proud of our partnership which is sowing the seeds of hope, learning, and growth in ATC’s local communities and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive.”  

We look forward to our ongoing partnership with the Australian Turf Club and thank them for the impact achieved together this year.