Supporting students to thrive

Western Chances chief executive officer Zac Lewis with Greater Western Water managing director Maree Lang (supplied).

Students across Melbourne’s west, including those in Brimbank, will be supported to overcome barriers to education and realise their potential through a new sponsorship arrangement.

Greater Western Water (GWW) announced the new Thriving Communities strategic community sponsorship on May 9, which will provide $75,000 to $25,000 per year to Western Chances over the next three years.

GWW’s Thriving Communities program funds projects and partners that support liveability and wellbeing programs to build stronger, deeper connections with our customers and community.

Non-profit organisation Western Chances supports young people who are experiencing social and economic challenges to access education and employment opportunities.

Its work seeks to address the high unemployment and below average rates of numeracy, literacy and high school completion in Melbourne’s west.

Since 2004, the organisation has helped more than 3750 young people, investing in their futures through scholarships, internships and learning support.

GWW managing director Maree Lang said she was proud to support Western Chances and its valuable work.

“We want the best for the west and seek-out partners who share our vision. Western Chances is an obvious partner,” she said.

“This multi-year commitment will support scholarships and the West Connect event series, investing in young people throughout their educational journey and transition into careers.”

Western Chances chief executive Zac Lewis said support from key organisations such as GWW was monumental to grassroots organisations.

“We are thrilled to enter a three-year partnership with Greater Western Water,” he said.

“It is phenomenal to have the support of such a trusted leader in the west that shares our commitment to empowering young people and community to thrive.

“This long-term partnership will provide much-needed support for young people facing financial hardship across the west by providing essential educational scholarships and opportunities to develop career readiness skills.

“Together with GWW, this partnership will uplift our young people through education, and support the wellbeing and prosperity of our community.”