Supporting Local Programs
Behind The Seen
Iris Foundation Supporting Emergency Services Personnel
An alarming number of emergency services personnel suffer from depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other behavioural health problems. These issues can affect work, family and the capacity to live a happy and healthy life. Research has shown that early intervention and informed support networks not only assist with a more effective recovery process, but may also reduce the severity of stress symptoms.
Behind The Seen has been designed specifically for all emergency services personnel, including police, fire brigades, ambulance and the State Emergency Service. It is a down-to-earth approach that takes the term ‘pre-planning’ beyond the requirements of the job, to the people on the front line who carry out the job.
For more information, visit: www.behindtheseen.com.au
Men Care Too
Iris Foundation Supporting Male Carers
Men Care Too works on initiatives that aim to reduce isolation and loneliness for men in unpaid, informal caring roles.
MCT has operated as a self-funded and volunteer-run grassroots community project advocating for men who are now providing, or have previously provided care and support to a family member or friend with an illness, disability or age-related condition.
Through in-person and online activities, MCT founder Greg Smith also works to raise awareness and educate community and social service providers about the impact from a male perspective that a caring role has on physical and mental health.
For more information, visit: www.mencaretoo.org
GOATS Festival – Going off at the Swamp
Iris Foundation Supporting Young People
The GOATS Festival traditionally opens National Youth Week on the Central Coast and is the biggest associated event in the area.
The festival is a drug and alcohol free event that showcases the talents of young people and children who are a part of our community.
The festival features an array of local and interstate artists with a diverse range of music styles and tastes on offer. GOATS gives young and upcoming musicians an opportunity to perform in front of large crowds and be inspired by fellow musicians. It is also an opportunity for young people to make friends and to connect with local support services.
Iris Foundation’s support ensures recognition of these young people by way of trophies and awards.
The GOATS Festival is driven by the Epicentre, whose dedicated staff and volunteers work year-round to ensure the success of the event.