News Article – Newsletter Issue #6

20 Mar 2024

As we look forward into 2024 we would like to express our gratitude to you, our community, for your incredible support. Together we continue to make a lifetime of difference by ensuring the accessibility of Play Therapy for children who have experienced trauma. We have launched some wonderful fundraising activities like our Golf Charity Day and Trivia Night – so please get involved if you can to help more children get the support they need to heal.

As we welcome our new CEO, Tania Taylor on board, we also reflect on our 2023 milestones and impact outlined in our Annual Report. We’re also excited to extend our reach with new group programs.


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We are excited to share our 2023 Annual Report with you all.  Be Centre has achieved some amazing results this past year, some of these include – conducting over 2000 play-therapy sessions, and close to 300 parent support sessions, we’ve had over 60 volunteers help us out with hours of service and received $146K in in-kind goods or services.

With the ongoing support of our corporate partners, individuals, and volunteers we aim to continue to extend our reach into the community. Read more about our successes in the Annual Report here. For those who would like to support Be Centre through a timely donation, you can see the impact our supporters make! Please donate today and join our wonderful donor community.



We’ve launched two new group therapy programs in our new group room! Through generous funding to create and deliver these programs from the Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) and the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health, we have now been able to add another ~30 children a week to the number of those who receive therapeutic support. The programs focusing around navigating challenges ‘Seasons for Growth’ and ‘Group Art Therapy’ have been very well received. Read more here.

Enrolments are currently open for ‘Seasons for Growth’ so please connect if you feel this program may support your child.



SBS Australia Explained: We’re thrilled to share that our incredible Play Therapists, Tiana Wilson and Bree de la Harpe, are featured on the SBS Australia Explained Podcast. They discuss the impact of trauma on children and how through early intervention therapy we can start the path of healing. You can listen to the interview here.

St George Foundation: Matt Ferns from the St George Foundation joined us for a tour with one of our dedicated play therapists, Tiana, at our therapeutic space in Warriewood. This firsthand experience offered a glimpse into the nurturing environment where countless children are helped and healed. Link here.

PharmaCare: Thank you to PharmaCare Laboratories who recently donated art supplies, books and sensory games for our Play Therapists to use across our programs.

Peninsula Living Pittwater: Our parent counsellor, Michelle,was a finalist in the Westfield Local Heroes Awards. Check out this article in Peninsula Living Pittwater (pages 56-57) sharing the amazing work and impact she makes at Be Centre.

The Tawny Frogmouth: Be Centre makes news in The Tawny Frogmouth. Check out the article on Be Centre in the December 23 edition of The Tawny Frogmouth; our beginnings, the growing need and benefits of child-led play therapy, and our new programs for 2024.

If you would like to support Be Centre at one of your upcoming activities or through your corporate giving program please reach out. We’d love to get involved.



These events support our fundraising efforts. Thank you to our wonderful community, volunteers and supporters for helping to drive change.

15 March 2024: Pittwater Artists Trail
Thank you, Pittwater Artists Trail for supporting Be Centre in your Annual Group Exhibition through a silent auction. Don’t miss the opening night 15 March 6-8pm. The exhibition continues 16th and 17th March. You can find out more here.

24 March 2024: Bare Creek Trail Run  
Lace up your running shoes and join us at the Barre Creek Trail Run in the beautiful Garigal National Park on Sunday 24 March. Register here.

10 April 2024: Be Centre Trivia Night at The Waterfront Café  
Book your tickets here to join us for a fantastic evening of trivia! Bring your friends and family together to help raise much-needed funds. Enjoy a lovely meal, a free drinks upon arrival, and test your trivia knowledge for a chance to win fantastic prizes!

16 May 2024: Annual Be Centre Charity Golf Day at Monash Country Club 
Be Centre’s Annual Charity Day is back in 2024!  Join us at the prestigious Monash Country Club on Thursday 16 May for a day of fun on the green, all for a great cause.
Book now here to secure your spot, tickets limited.

25 August 2024: Beach2Beach Fun Run
Join us in this iconic run for a good cause. Register yourself, your family or a work team and join ‘Team Be Centre’ in the fun. Register here.

13 September 2024: Save the Date! The Annual Be Centre Charity Gala Dinner is back! Pencil it in your diaries – stay tuned, more details to come!

Want other ways to get involved?
  • Volunteer with us
  • Provide gifts to help fundraising efforts
  • Equip yourself with the latest insights in this free course explaining the importance of play for children ‘Need to Play’
  • Donate: to support an at-risk child today.

Thank you to our community for your continued support.



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