The Goldenhope Foundation
The Goldenhope Foundation (GHF) is a national registered health promotion charity with DGR status whose mission is to promote healthy strategies to combat children’s depression. It’s role could be likened to the ambulance at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom in a suite of strategies necessary in our Australian communities to combat depression. The GHF reinforces healthy self esteem, caring for self and others, strong community supports, taking responsibility for self, empathy and finally “no meanness” a simple strategy pivotal to reducing violence and bullying in any social interaction.
The GHF has a unique approach which utilises the words and pictures created by children to pass on its message. The GHF chiefly prints and distributes 2D materials of relevance to adults and children alike which allows them to interact with the materials using their creativity, imagination, spatial, maths and language skills to color in draw, manipulate, cut up and display the materials in their own unique way, and then go on to share these with others thus simply passing on and reinforcing the message of care and support.
The GHF creates strategic alliances with other community support groups and or operators to help distribute it message. As well it distributes materials to Central Victorian schools, churches, waiting rooms and tourism operators regularly, updating its materials according to changing community emphasis, special events and or special celebrations.
Unlike many other charities the GHF does not seek money to support its goals, it is funded philanthropically and has no administrative costs.
The Foundation has been operating for over 20 years has longitudinal data now to support the value of its mission and since its inception has delivered over 1 million printed story cards to the community locally, statewide and nationally.