Art and scholarships making a difference to headspace in Newcastle

01 Jul 2021

Funds raised from The Push-Up Challenge in 2021 have been supporting headspace programs and centres all across Australia. headspace in Newcastle have used funds for their scholarship program that supports young people in the alcohol and other drugs program, along with a special Young Creative Calender that's given young artists the chance to be featured.   


In its initial stages, the scholarship program has helped two young people in the AOD program by providing gym memberships, and two multicultural youth were given the opportunity to attend a cultural camp run through a local mosque. The headspace team hope the scholarship program will become a permanent one at their Newcastle centre so they can keep helping young people make those small steps that lead to big changes. 

"It’s been great to be implement a program that directly benefits young people receiving support at headspace Newcastle. For our clinicians to have the resources to help a young person make change is amazing" - Community Development Officer, Byron Williams

 Calendar Creative

Young artists across the Hunter region of NSW have been given the opportunity to be part of the Young and Creative Calendar, 2022. This initiative came to life thanks to funds raised from The Push-Up Challenge and has meant that the headspace centre in Newcastle has been able to produce over 600 calendars. These have all been distributed for free to the young artists, their families and the Hunter region community. The headspace team received so many entries from budding young creatives they had to produce three versions of the calendar.

Containing not only amazing art from the young people involved, the calenders also highlight seven tips for a healthy headspace. All artists were being paid for their contribution to the calendar as well as Youth Reference Group Member Katie Unwin, who collated and arranged the calendars.

"The Young and Creative Calendar is a great way to celebrate the artistic talent we have here in the region. The quantity, quality and diversity of the artwork submitted has blown us all away. This calendar came from a small idea, and has now become a big way for us to show thanks to our community. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to create this calendar and see just what youth in the area are able to produce" - Katie Unwin, Youth Reference Group Member, Advisory Board Chair.