Inspiring our community to reach into their hearts and pockets to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of WA children.

The Magic Coat Program

The Magic Coat Program is a social and emotional well being program that is also used for preventative mental health strategies in children. Children use their imagination to put on a bright yellow coat. Yellow because it represents, joy, happiness and hope; all the things we wish for all children to experience in their childhood. Inside the coat pockets are different characters that represents a strategy that children can use to feel calm, confident and resilient.

Make A Difference WA ensures that this program is made available not only to the schools but also to women’s refuges and women’s prisons. Find out more here.

Wellbeing dog program

Make A Difference WA are excited to trial a wellbeing dog program in our partners schools. These dogs provide comfort and support to students suffering from anxiety, loneliness or sadness, and have been found to significantly reduce stress and anxiety in children. The first dog is being trialled is a Cavoodle and named Monty, The Magic Coat Dog. Monty will be part of the children’s preventative mental health program, The Magic Coat and will travel to schools, hospitals and refuges. We sincerely appreciate the breeders, Peppertree Lane for helping us choose and train  the right puppy for the program. A big thank you to City Farmers Dog Wash in Hillarys for ensuring Monty will always look and smell his best.

Resource Books for Parents and Children

Make A Difference WA fund the resource book Parenting Through the Primary Years, The Magic Coat and The Magic Coat Toddler Book into  Women’s refuges, women’s’ prisons, foster care organisations  as well as disadvantaged schools to ensure that those most vulnerable are given all the resources they need to become the best parent that they can be.

School Breakfast Program

Our school breakfast program ensures that children at a number of schools across WA receive a nutritious breakfast to start their day. To ensure a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, participating schools are also given free access to The Magic Coat program which helps children to recognise and manage their emotions effectively. The breakfasts are staffed by parent volunteers who are incentivised with vouchers to help them with the purchase of their child’s school uniform. We also have a committed breakfast coordinator who works with each school to ensure that they have everything they need to run smoothly.

Youth Scholarship Program

In 2013, Make a Difference WA Foundation announced another youth program – the Youth Support Scholarship Program in support of disadvantaged youth in Western Australia. The Foundation allocated funds towards this program to foster the further development of talented underprivileged youths aged 12-19 inclusive who require financial assistance to enable them to pursue their chosen field. The division of scholarship monies is decided upon assessment of the individual applicant requirements each year.

Youth Group

Make A Difference WA believes that young people need to be mentored and encouraged to become the philanthropists of the future. We know that young people can make a positive difference which is why we have a youth board that will create their own fundraisers and create opportunities for other young people to get involved.

Rural Schools in WA

Make A Difference WA aim to reach as many children as possible in WA and it is for this reason the Magic Coat program has been sponsored in Murchison Schools and in schools down south. Schools in these rural areas can also make an application for the program.

To date we have worked with schools in Mt Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, Albany, Many Peaks, Mandurah and Kojonup.

Cinderella Kids

So many disadvantaged children or children suffering from illness need to have the opportunity to have experiences to look forward to. Make A Difference WA would like to continue working with partners with businesses and organisations to create memorable experiences for these children who are selected through school and hospital programs. Experiences have included, training with our sports teams, having a dress up party, attending a football or basketball game, getting all dressed up for a dinner with celebrities.

Many WA individuals have been assisted by the charity but in most recent times the charity has now decided to focus on the mental health and well being of young children and the care that they receive from the adults in their lives.

PROFESSOR DAVID LAWRENCE, University of Western Australia

Annual Corporate Golf Day

Make A Difference WA is a charity that was established over 11 years ago by a group of business men in WA who wanted to help those individuals that fell between the cracks of receiving the help that they needed.

Many WA individuals have been assisted by the charity but in most recent times the charity has now decided to focus on the mental health and well being of young children and the care that they receive from the adults in their lives.