The Venny was established in 1981 and is a communal backyard and adventure playground designed for children aged 5 to 16 years.
It exists to support intercultural play, therapeutic support and social cohesion for children and young people who are experiencing social disadvantage and trauma in complex family environments. The Venny helps to build bridges of trust, increase life opportunities, build socio-emotional capacity for children and young people and break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.
Funds Raised: $29,250
The Venny doesn’t judge, but it does listen. It listens to the voices of the children and young people of the community who take part in their programs and what they are going through. At TFN Melbourne, David spoke of the young men who are living with social disadvantage and are using anger and violence as a way to cope. In response, The Venny are seeking funding to hire a new staff member to implement a new skills-building program for 30 young men.