Community Initiatives

Kids Business founder, Christie Nicholas has passionately worked with mums everywhere, inspiring them to value, respect and look after themselves, while tackling family and life demands.

To do this, Nicholas started a free online resource for mums in 2006 to swap product, services and skills, mumswap.com.au.  Then, wrote the book ‘The Mum Who Roared’, (Exisle Publishing), a complete A-Z guide to loving your mind, body and attitude after baby.

Furthermore, the Bloggers BrunchTM series of events are designed to motivate mums and celebrate feeling great about themselves, with amazing guest speakers, entertainment and information.

Kids Business continues to support charities with pro-bono brand building and monetary donations.  These are the communities we have supported to date:

Our initiatives

Camp Quality

Our purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
Our role in the community is to meet the direct needs of children with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey. This starts with diagnosis, through treatment, into maintenance and hopefully remission. Unfortunately for 3 in 10 Australian families who have a child with cancer there follows the move to relapse, palliative care and bereavement.
Delivered in primary schools, paediatric oncology wards, recreational facilities and homes throughout Australia, our programs ensure that in a time of great upheaval, our families are connected to a community of people who understand what they are going through.

As part of the January 2015 Bloggers BBQ Kids Business presented Camp Quality with a $500 cheque.

The Nappy Collective

The Nappy Collective collects leftover unused disposable nappies and redistributes them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need. Nappies are a basic healthcare need and lack of sufficient nappies can lead to an array of problems for disadvantaged families. So when you donate your spare nappies, you help these families to focus more of their time and energy on getting their lives back on track.

As part of the November 2014 Bloggers Brunch, Kids Business collected leftover unused disposable nappies from attendees on behalf of The Nappy Collective, so they could be redistributed to organisations who support families in crisis or in need.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good…Feel Better is a free community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects that can be caused by cancer treatment. The Look Good…Feel Better program is managed by the Cancer Patients Foundation’s small team of paid employees, with the fantastic support of 1,700 trained and certified cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver workshops across Australia.

TLC for kids

TLC for kids™ is Australia’s sole provider of immediate distraction and urgent relief for all children in hospitals and their families, nation-wide. Administered only by hospital and clinical professionals who refer families in need of assistance, TLC’s services (including the TLC Distraction™ Box and RAPID TLC) work to minimise the emotional, logistical or financial distress of any medical situation for children and their families, without having to wait. TLC for kids support sick children who have fallen through the gaps of the existing healthcare network – subsequently being used in over 400 hospitals across Australia, and in over 650,000 medical examinations and procedures, annually. As part of the January 2014 Bloggers BBQ Kids Business donated $10 for each blogger that attended to TLC for Kids.

Fitted For Work

Fitted for Work is the first not-for-profit organisation in Australia to help women experiencing disadvantage get work and keep it. They provide free business clothing, interview training, mentoring and transition to work programs. Through mutual respect, compassion, integrity and trust, Fitted for Work’s dedicated staff and trained volunteers help women gain the self-esteem and confidence to achieve their goal of sustainable employment.

St Kilda Mums

St Kilda Mums is a not-for-profit organisation based in St Kilda, Melbourne. St Kilda Mums collect donations of nursery equipment and recycle cots, prams, bassinets, clothes and other baby essentials, and make sure they meet safety requirements. St Kilda Mums support children and parents experiencing hardship in practical partnership with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies, and believe that by reusing and recycling much-loved babies’ and children’s gear, they not only share the joy of motherhood with each other, but save the earth’s precious resources too. As part of the May 2013 Bloggers Brunch, Kids Business donated $10 for every blogger attending to St Kilda Mums.

The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. As a part of the March 2012 Bloggers Brunch, Kids Business donated $10 to the Smith Family for every blogger who attended the event. This donation meant that the Smith Family could help disadvantaged Australian children in need.

Stitch In Time

Stitch in Time is a Spotlight initiative designed to specifically empower women in communities through sewing, enabled via the public donation of sewing machines. Spotlight’s program helps to transform communities – ultimately changing lives one stitch at a time.

It is estimated that each sewing machine can sustain 150 people each year and through the Bloggers Brunch, Kids Business donateded funds for each blogger attending the event to Stitch in Time. With the bloggers’ support, together we made a small difference to the lives of 300 disadvantaged women in 2012.

Stars With Heart

Stars with Heart aims to provide financial support to all cancer patients to make it possible for them to be able to afford their best treatment options and to lessen the impact of a cancer diagnosis on their family and loved ones.   Stars with Heart’s first initiative to reduce financial stress is to make it possible for all cancer patients to be able to access a financial counsellor to ensure that no matter what their present financial situation is that it is made as manageable as possible and no areas of financial assistance have been or are over looked. With bloggers support of the November 2012 Bloggers Brunch, Kids Business donated $10 to Stars with Heart for each blogger who attended to help those with cancer meet their bills.

 

Clown Doctors

Clown Doctors address the psychosocial needs of the child in hospital in a unique way. By parodying the hospital routine, the Clown Doctors help children feel less traumatised by medical procedures. They conduct ‘Clown Rounds’ through all wards including intensive care and oncology, and most clinics including emergency and burns. Children can forget their illness for a moment and return to a world of fantasy and play. With Social Mum’s support in the January 2013 Social Mums Say Day, Kids Business donated funds to sponsor two Clown Doctors for the year.

Happiness Inspires Happiness Project

In 2012 Kids Business sponsored a series of posts written by bloggers who connect with mums. These posts were entirely focused on inspiring other mums to feel happy about themselves, their achievements, their bodies, their life and their future.