Our vision is that all people affected by Spinal Cord Injury are provided with opportunities to live life to the fullest and so The Sargood Foundation currently funds an extensive program of grants and donations as follows:
Stays at Sargood
One of the most important things the Sargood Foundation does is to fund the stays at Sargood of those who those who have inadequate insurance or NDIS support and would otherwise be unable to stay. These are people in real need – living with the physical and emotional consequences of spinal cord injury
Funding is available on application to help those aged over 65 who suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), children whose funds are used for essential equipment, families who need a second room for their children or carer and people who have a very recent injury and no insurance cover.
In most circumstances, accommodation and care is covered by the insurers of guests attending Sargood on Collaroy. It has been noted that transport is not covered in all cases, and this can be an obstacle to those in financial hardship and can prevent a stay at Sargood from occurring at all. Travel grants are available to help those in financial distress get to Sargood.
Gym Memberships for community members who live with SCI in conjunction with specialised therapies supports, maintains and increases function and well-being. These exercise therapies including physiotherapy and exercise physiology can assist the development of or increase an individual’s skills and capacity for independence and community participation.
The Sargood Foundation works with key partners to facilitate the donation of important items of equipment that enhance guest stays. These items allow guests with Spinal Cord Injury to enjoy activities that build independence and confidence as well as the opportunity to connect with other guests and our wonderful recreation team. Thanks to our generous donors we have gifted Sargood on Collaroy with adaptive kayaks, special hand controlled mountain bikes, adaptive gym equipment to build strength and fitness as well as a fully kitted out trailer which makes recreational trips easier for guests and staff.
Skills for Independence
Working extensively with people who are living with SCI, we know that there is rightly, a lot of focus on the individual living throughout their rehabilitation journey but far fewer resources and support available to their families. So, The Sargood Foundation is supporting the Skills for Independence incorporating Family Connections program that will support the development an innovative and practical project that will improve outcomes for the family members of those who live with SCI.
Our best asset is the team from Royal Rehab who run Sargood on Collaroy, and so The Sargood Foundation is proud to support our recognition program for employees of Sargood on Collaroy who have shown outstanding work in their sincerity of care, and service to our guests.
Sargood Kids Camps
Kid’s camps hosted at Sargood on Collaroy over school holidays deliver engaging and innovative activities that strengthen and build targeted support to children living with SCI and their families in a supportive and warm environment. The confidence and social support networks that come out of a Sargood Kids Camp will help create a great environment for kids with SCI to thrive as they progress through the school system. Find Out More.
The Foundation has committed to support the pilot and evaluation of a program based at Sargood for interns who are living with SCI to gain the necessary skills to find meaningful employment post injury.
Returning to or gaining employment after Spinal Cord Injury is a fundamentally difficult experience for people and multiple strategies are required to support and navigate the process. There is, however, a need in people with spinal cord injury, to be a worker or engaged in an occupation, and with that comes the inherent benefits of being employed. We are working to create and invest in a sustainable and meaningful program that will lead to improved employment opportunities for people living with SCI.
The Sargood Foundation are funding a pilot program that provides Emergency Funding Assistance grants for those with recent SCI who are in NSW spinal injury units Prince of Wales Hospital, or Royal North Shore Hospital/ Royal Rehab and experiencing financial distress.
The grant was developed by the Sargood Foundation in consultation with Social Work teams from these hospitals, clinical experts at SoC, SCIA, and Sargood Foundation Ambassadors with lived experience to help fund immediate expenses related to accommodation and to provide essential equipment that will help to improve the situation of families and patients in the weeks following a Spinal Cord Injury.
Looking to the future, we are seeking investment to achieve our mission of a world where people with a Spinal Cord Injury can realise their full potential through building resilience and empowering participation in life and to continue to create positive and engaged communities. So we are actively working to identify strategic initiatives which will help individuals and families deal with the physical and psychological impacts of a life changing injury.
“As soon as I entered Sargood I marvelled at the beautiful scenery and the décor. But mostly I felt “SAFE” with all the experts in the various fields of my injuries, the first time I have ever felt like this in almost 15 years. My 84-year-old husband is my carer and he relaxed immediately and the responsibility he always feels was lifted” Lynn