Setting ourselves up for another BIG year
The first quarter of 2017 has been one of growth, development and new partnerships.
- We welcomed 9 new people to the batyr family
- Launched our newest school program ‘Stressed Out’
- Kicked off 2 new University partnerships
- Partnered with the NSW Waratahs as their official charity partner
- Saw the first ever Orange Elephant Ball, initiated and run by local legends
And that’s just the start!
Our speaker training team ‘Being Herd’ has more than doubled in size! This quarter we welcomed four new full-time staff members. We now have a Being Herd staff member in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Our focus this year is to support the expansion of Being Herd in each of these states, so that we can run more workshops nationally and ensure speakers are being engaged and supported on an ongoing basis.
In addition to recruiting four more staff, it didn’t stop there. We ran 6 workshops, training 43 participants, and had 12 new people further their training to become a speaker at our school and uni programs. Plus we launched our first promotional vid for Being Herd thanks to our partnership with Channel 10.
“Hearing other people and their stories really allows me to feel vulnerable and tell my story without feeling ashamed.” Being Herd Melbourne Participant
Quarter 1 was an incredible one for the batyr@school team across the country! It’s been very exciting to have so much interest coming in from so many areas of Australia – this has led to our team booking in 156 batyr@school programs in Q1 for 2017…already. (In 2016 we booked 150 programs across the entire calendar year!)
In terms of delivery, it was a busy quarter given that students only returned to school in late January. In total we delivered 35 batyr@school programs including 25 in which we worked with students for the very first time. Through these programs we reached 3,500 young people. In addition to this we delivered our ‘Look Out For Your Mates’ program at 3 schools and launched our newest program for years 11 & 12 ‘Stressed Out?’ at Barker College in February, delivering this to 4 schools across the quarter in total.
As an organisation committed to engaging the whole school community in the topic of student mental health, we also delivered our batyr@school for Teachers session to 130 Teaching staff at 2 schools, as well as delivering a parent forum at Domremy College in Sydney.
In this Quarter we surveyed close to 2,000 young people post the program and the results are encouraging. 72% of students said that they would be more likely to seek help if they needed it and 83% said they were very engaged with our batyr@school program. Here’s to an even bigger Quarter 2!
“Thank you – this program has helped me in more ways than I can describe”
Y12 Student – St Joseph’s Catholic College
The batyr@uni team has seen some big wins and big changes this quarter. The start of 2017 saw two additional university partnerships, with UNE and the Faculty of Health Sciences from USYD starting their batyr journey. On the ground, things kicked off with the inaugural batyr@uni Student Exec ‘Kickstart’ event; bringing together 30 student representatives, from five universities, for a weekend of fun, collaboration, new experiences and a joint passion to make a difference on campus.
Talking numbers; the team and student volunteers across the five Universities (UTS, ANU, UniSA, UNE and USYD) reached 3,817 young people directly through batyr@uni programs and a further 6,362 through massive O-week events and activations. To wrap up the quarter we are in the final stages of recruiting a new Uni Team Manager to replace Dave LT who has been steering the Uni ship for the last three years and has moved on to focus on setting up a business with his wife.
Quarter One has been a time of growth and expansion for the Facilitator Team. We brought on two new Part Time Facilitator Coordinators in Brisbane and Melbourne to assist with the program delivery as well as develop our casual teams in these locations.
The Facilitator team has also expanded into the Being Herd department with more Casual Facilitators co-facilitating and lead facilitating workshops across Australia. With the implementation of more new programs such as; ‘School Chapter Sessions’, ‘Stressed Out?’, ‘Teacher PD’ sessions and ‘Parent Forums’, the team are busy assisting with program delivery across all aspects of the organisation.
Fundraising and Events
The first quarter of the year saw the focus on rural NSW with the inaugural Orange Elephant Ball being held in early March. Orange and surrounding communities rallied together to raise an amazing $80k to bring batyr to town.
In Cobar a local Legend Brad ‘Gibbo’ Lawrence started the first Wines2Mines Tour, a bike ride from Griffith to Cobar supporting batyr and Cancer council. Whilst in Mudgee we saw a local junior football club support our ‘One Sock One Goal’ campaign, which eventuated with the team forming a guard of honour at the NSW Waratahs home game against the Brumbies in March.
A massive thanks to The Funding Network who partnered with Macquarie Group Foundation for their Sydney event. The night raised over $414,000 and batyr took home an incredible $138,000.
A highlight of the quarter was working with our charity partner the NSW Waratahs for a FOX sports story, which you can view here and getting batyr the mascot out on the ground at Allianz stadium.
We’ve set ourselves up for a big year ahead and are excited to continue on this trajectory.
If you are keen to get involved with batyr, we have some exciting volunteer opportunities coming up:
- Darkness into Light Walk, Bondi Beach, Saturday 6th May
- NSW Waratahs v’s Melbourne Rebels, Allianz Stadium, 21st May
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If volunteering ain’t your thing, there are a heap of other ways you can support us:
- Check out these sweet active accessories from our friends at Real Active, who are donating 10% of the proceeds to us and the cool peeps at the Yoga Foundation
- Bring our ‘One Sock One Goal’ campaign to your community and start the conversation
- Help us continue to run programs across Australia and donate here
Thanks to all our supporters past and present, for enabling us to continue to positively impact the lives of thousands of young Australians.
Here’s to an even bigger Quarter 2!