Q: Why should I sponsor the program?

A: Aging and subsequently the need for aged care services is something that affects us all – either now or in the future. The Australian population is aging. Currently 15% of the Australian population is over 65 years old and this is estimated to increase to 18% by 2026. Around 30% of these people live in regional, rural or remote areas.

Attracting and retaining enough and the right people for this industry is a key challenge for Whiddon, and the industry as a whole. Your generous support will help recognise and reward some very special people in this business and provide them with a career path that they can not otherwise afford. It will contribute towards developing a much needed skills pipeline for this highly complex and specialist environment, making a tremendous difference to not only the lives of the recipients but more importantly, the people in their care.

Q: How does the scholarship selection process work?
A: All Whiddon employees are invited to apply for a scholarship using our annual scholarship application process. Applications are considered and assessed based on:

  • the applicant’s individual work history and performance, tenure and interests
  • the current and future organisational needs.

Q: What types of qualifications are covered by the scholarship program?
A: The scholarship covers tertiary and vocational training in areas such as health & nursing, diversional therapy, community care, catering, leisure, human resources, business and management.

Q: Which costs are covered in the scholarship?
A: Tuition fees and in some cases, for those requiring industry placements, cost of accommodation is also covered.

Q: Can I get progress reports on the people I sponsor?
A: Yes, you will get annual updates on the progress of the recipient/s that you sponsor.

Q: How much can I donate towards the Scholarship?
A: There are no limits. Please feel free to contribute any amount that you wish.
Additionally, with the donors’ permission, we recognise our exceptionally generous donors on our website and social media for contributions of $5000 and above.

Q: How often do I need to contribute?
A: There are no limits. It can be a one-off or regular payments, whichever works best for you.

Q: Is this donation tax deductable?
A: Yes