WW Wellness Impact Award | WW Australia

The WW Wellness Impact Award is our initiative to empower community charities and break down the barriers to wellness—for everyone!

Healthy living is a human right, but not all communities have access to the resources they need to make that a reality

Through the second annual WW Wellness Impact Award, we’re uplifting community-led solutions through a $20,000 grant to be awarded to two community charities to help them continue to make a positive impact in their local communities. There will be one winner in Australia and one in New Zealand.

Meet our Australian 2022 winner!

Dandelion Support Network

Dandelion Support Network is a grassroots charity which accepts donations of new and preloved nursery equipment, children’s clothes, linen and toys from the community. These items are rehomed to families in need through support agencies and hospitals. Dandelion believes all babies and children should have access to nursery items essential for their safety, wellbeing and development and we strive to do this whilst reducing our environmental footprint. Operating from Caringbah, Dandelion has supported over 13,000 vulnerable families since inception, from the Greater Sydney, Illawarra and some regional areas, including families escaping DV, with mental health diagnoses or experiencing financial hardship.

A big thank you to our other finalists!

The Warrior Woman's Foundation

The Warrior Woman Foundation provides holistic evidence-based support programs to empower under-represented, vulnerable young women to achieve independence through physical, mental, and economic wellbeing. We have a particular focus on young women transitioning from the out-of-home care (OOHC) system on their 18th birthdays when all care ceases. Our mission is to empower young women to become resilient, independent, and capable of taking their place in the world, so that they may have equal opportunity for economic security and avoid living in poverty later in life.

The Foundation was created to bring like-minded women together to identify and create ways to support the young women of Australia who are our future, ensuring they are seen, heard, and valued.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary’s purpose is to empower women and children who are escaping Domestic Violence. We aim to provide as much support for women and children as possible, to help them rebuild and recover.

We offer a safe environment for our clients to re-establish their emotional stability, by providing a holistic approach to counselling, health, and personal development. Each week we have scheduled activities all designed to create balance, growth and peace of mind. These activities change on a regular basis however self-defense and yoga are regular activities.

Our domestic violence refuge (established in 2016) has successfully assisted over 936 women, 1002 children, and 648 pets return to the community with safe housing, educational support and, with strategies for healing and recovery.

Our spotlight this year is on charities that support and empower women to live and access a healthy life for themselves and their families.

No one can live a healthy life and thrive without their basic needs being met. Access to safe shelter, food, clothing, education, economic security as well as social and community support are essential elements of the solid foundation necessary to build a healthy life.

Unfortunately, research shows that many women in Australia and New Zealand do not have access to basic necessities.

In a recent study, 39.1% of women could not afford healthcare when they needed it.1

Additionally, Single-parent families headed by women have twice the rate of poverty of single-parent families headed by men.2

1 out of 6 women3 have experienced some form of family violence in Australia and in New Zealand it is 1 out of 3 women. 4

Across the globe, women earn less, save less, have greater care demands at home and tend to hold less secure jobs. These gaps along with other gender inequalities make women more vulnerable to social and economic hardships.

In Australia, the average full-time weekly income for a woman is 15.3%5 less than a man’s. Australia’s pay gap has been stuck between 15-19% for the past two decades.

In New Zealand the gender pay gap is 9.1%6

These gender inequalities are putting women and their dependents at a disadvantage.

At WW, we believe that addressing these issues is imperative, and we’re dedicated to being a part of the solution. That’s why we’re committed to selecting two organisations, one from Australia and New Zealand, that are led by and dedicated to the advancement of wellness in their communities for women and their families.

The winners will each receive a $20,000 grant to put towards improving the health and wellbeing of their community in need.

1 Women’s Health Survey 2020 https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/research/womens-health-survey accessed April 26 2022

2 The Poverty in Australia 2020: Part 2 – Who is affected? apo.org.au/report accessed May 3 2022

3 Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018 https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/domestic-violence/family-domestic-sexual-violence-in-australia-2018/summary accessed April 26, 2022

4 New Zealand Family Violence and Economic Harm Statistics https://goodshepherd.org.au accessed May 3 2022

5 Face the facts: Gender Equality 2018, https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/education/face-facts-gender-equality-2018 accessed April 26 2022 accessed

6 What’s My Gender Pay Gap https://women.govt.nz/gpg accessed April 26 2022