Supporting students living with disadvantage
Our national community partnerships with not for profit organisations, aligned with our purpose and values, enable us to collaborate on in-depth projects resulting in sustainable long-term impact. In FY21 we worked with national community partners Oxfam, Many Rivers and The Smith Family.
Here we spotlight our work with The Smith Family, our newest community partner. Between June 2020 and May 2021, working with The Smith Family, Deloitte directly impacted the lives of 582 Australian students through sponsorship, career programs and training, among other support. We provided 1,447 volunteer hours on 509 occasions. We provided more than $115,000 through partnership donations, workplace giving, supporting the toy and book appeal and COVID-19 support.
Highlights included: supporting 12 students, including seven First Nations students, living in disadvantage through the Learning for Life program; providing 130 students from the Northern Territory and South Australia with TechPros training to develop and improve their foundational digital literacy skills; providing almost $5,000 to support additional students during the COVID-19 pandemic; enabling 80 students to attend career insight programs run by Deloitte offices; and sponsoring 51 students for one year on the Learning for Life program through workplace giving. During Deloitte’s key volunteering period, Impact Day, 161 Deloitte employees volunteered at The Smith Family, participating in a range of activities. One of our sponsored students, when asked what they wanted to learn next year, replied: “Tech. I love tech.” Another said, “Cooking. Because I don’t want to make my mum tired.”