Ripples & Waves has partnered with three not-for-profit organisations allowing students to develop life-long relationships with these organisations whilst they work together to achieve a common goal.

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services

Ishar provides inclusive, holistic and culturally sensitive services for refugee and migrant women. They strive to create opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) women to experience all aspects of capacity building. Ishar operates using the ‘social model’ of health in which the presenting ‘medical’ condition is not separated from the interconnections of personal, social, economic, cultural, age and gender-related issues. Ishar provides services to women across all age ranges from young girls to seniors, through programmes addressing their age-appropriate needs. Their services include:

  • Family & Domestic Violence Support Programme (FDV) for women at risk of, or with lived experience of FDV. Ishar’s multi-pronged, strength-based FDV Programme was developed to address the disastrously high level of FDV prevalent within the multicultural community. By using the innate strengths of women, their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief are rebuilt and enhanced. Ishar provides counselling, group therapy, individual advocacy, and information on the services and supports available
  • Health and wellbeing services including access to doctors, nurse, midwife, psychologists, dietitian, and social workers
  • Neighbourhood Mothers (NM) is for women who have lived in Australian for under ten years with children aged under 12 years. NM is specifically for newly arrived mothers to address the cultural gap and difficulties parents face while parenting their children in the Australian context
  • Carers Programme provides respite and individual advocacy for the carers of individuals with mental health issues and people with disabilities; and
  • The 40+ Lifestyle Programme focuses on reducing the effects of social isolation and provide respite for carers. Women from refugee backgrounds face extreme social isolation and age much more quickly than mainstream populations due to lack of language, finances, FDV, and social connections.

The Museum of Freedom of Tolerance

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance was founded to promote a society where everyone can live peacefully with each other, free from racial and religious prejudice and discrimination. They operate as a cultural think-tank and a leader in addressing racism and discrimination in the pursuit of social cohesion in Western Australia and globally.

Through storytelling and conversations, they build bridges, promoting unity in society and working to dismantle racism, intolerance and hate in creative and innovative ways using art, technology, history, media and, values-based education.

Plastic Free July

The Plastic Free Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2017. The mission of the Plastic Free Foundation is guided and informed by their core values:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Inclusivity of people, ideas, visions, and approaches
  • A focus on providing solutions
  • Authenticity and collaboration
  • The belief that small changes add up to a big difference.

Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation and allows them to work towards their vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste. From humble beginnings in 2011, the award-winning Plastic Free July campaign is the result of years of hard work.

Started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (the founder of the Plastic Free Foundation) and a small team in local government in Western Australia, it is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.