Iris Foundation programs and awards returning

As life cautiously shifts a little towards normal, we are so pleased to have the opportunity to return to schools with our Cool Connections program. The program is based on resilience and connections, attributes that are more important than ever in today’s challenges.
 It also gives us great pleasure to host our annual 2020 CBWN Women’s Resilience Awards on 19th August at The Ary, Toukley. It is an honour to recognise our nine finalists this year. Whilst safety plans will impede our normal embraces, they will not diminish our respect and recognition of those who have risen above challenges and inspired others along the way.

Cool Connections in School program returns
After the sudden disruption caused by school shutdown, Iris Foundation’s specialist facilitators are thrilled to resume our more intensive resilience programs, delivered over eight weeks.

Cool Connections in School supports children in years 5 and 6. Each session offers an engaging mix of creative expression and group discussion, designed to boost confidence and self-esteem.

These programs recognise that around half of serious mental health problems emerge by age 14, making early intervention vitally important for vulnerable young people.

For more information about these programs, please visit:

Cool Connections in School programs have been generously funded by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

2020 CBWN Women’s Resilience Awards

Following two successful luncheons hosted by our kind supporters at Event Cinemas Tuggerah, the first major Community and Business Women’s Network event since restrictions eased will be held on Wednesday, 19th August.

Sponsored by Central Coast Unity Bank, the CBWN Women’s Resilience Awards were created to celebrate local women who have displayed extraordinary resilience to overcome setbacks in their personal or professional lives. The second annual gala luncheon will be held at The Ary Toukley (formerly known as Club Toukley RSL). It will be hosted by Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace, who recently retired after 36 years of dedicated service in the NSW Police Force.

CBWN members nominated courageous women from across the region, with seven finalists to be recognised on the day.

To book, or to find out more about CBWN, please visit:

Iris Foundation has also remained in close consultation with our community partners as they begin to assess the mental health impacts of COVID-19. Demand for services has spiked, with needs likely to evolve quickly in the weeks and months ahead.

For now, the board and staff of Iris Foundation extends our best wishes to our supporters and their loved ones. Stay safe, healthy and connected.

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