On Saturday 20 October 2018, Vikings Group attended the reinvigorated ClubsACT Community Awards.
Collectively, ACT Clubs have a powerful presence, as an industry we provide support to over 1,000 community groups and call more than 200,000 Canberrans our members. The Awards were an opportunity for the industry to come together, share our stories and acknowledge the significant contribution Clubs make within the ACT Community.
Vikings Group places a high importance on our community, we are continually looking for ways to assist the community that supports us. Eleven winners and one highly commended award winner were announced on the night by three judges Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann; philanthropist Paul Walshe and Menslink CEO Martin Fisk.
Vikings Group were humbled to receive awards in four categories and one Highly commended.
Vikings Group would like to congratulate the other awards winners and the industry, we are proud to be part of an industry that has such a real impact to the community.
Vikings Group Awards received:
Disability, Welfare & Social Inclusion
Charity of the Year program
Established in 2016, the Charity of the Year program aims to make an impact in the community for the charity through fundraising and awareness raising. To date, the program has raised over $140,000 and in 2018/19 the program has committed to raising $100,000 for Marymead, the largest fundraising amount ever undertaken by the Vikings Group for a single organisation. These funds will help Marymead build their new care cottages in Narrabundah.
Vikings Group is an employer of choice and opportunity. We value our position in the community and we are always looking for ways to give back. As part of our on-going commitment to being an employer of opportunity, we participated in a Government led pilot program aimed at reducing the number of long term unemployed youth through providing them with intensive pre-employment training. The program, PaTH (Prepare, Trial, Hire) was an initiative of the Department of Jobs and Small Business and Vikings Group were the first club to participate in Canberra. Vikings Group worked with the Department to bespoke the program to the hospitality industry, which ensured we were giving participants the best opportunity to succeed. The program was rolled out by partnering with Quality Training Hospitality College and MAX Employment. In total, 15 people have been given the opportunity at long term employment.
Health & Wellbeing
Harm Minimisation ‘Play within you Limits’ program
The Vikings Group strives for excellence in all aspects of services and facilities, and our commitment to providing responsible gaming services for our Members is no exception. ‘Play Within Your Limits’ is a Vikings Group owned program, that was developed and implemented in 2017, and is an important reflection of our commitment to our Members and the community. We understand that Vikings venues are enjoyed by many for numerous entertainment and leisure pursuits. When gambling is restricted to affordable limits, it can be experienced as an enjoyable socially acceptable leisure activity. However, we understand for a minority of community members who may be dealing with gambling and other personal issues, gaming may become excessive resulting in significant negative consequences with associated gambling-related harms. Recognising the potential for harm, Vikings Group has actively taken responsibility to implement harm-minimisation measures under the ‘Play Within Your Limits’ program that goes above what is legislatively required. A holistic program that focuses on mental health and wellbeing for our community, Members and staff. Vikings Group’s mission is to make everyone feel welcome in our venues and to ensure an enjoyable experience in our clubs, our harm minimisation plan aims to ensure this. We understand our role is ongoing in assisting individuals to overcome mental health and wellbeing issues that may lead to gaming harm and we are extremely proud to be part of the ongoing solution.
In 2018, Vikings Group opened the first ever dedicated harm minimisation facility in the Club industry. As part of the Erindale redevelopment, the Club incorporated a facility designed to be used by Members experiencing crisis or distress. For more information please click here.
Heart of the Community
Tuggeranong Vikings Lawn Bowling Club
Reg has been Secretary of the Tuggeranong Vikings Lawn Bowls Club for the past 15 years as well as the key administration officer throughout that time. Reg has provided a pivotal link between members, the Club executive committee and outside organisations, including Bowls ACT, Bowls Australia and the Vikings Group.
Reg is not only an amazing Clubman but also a staunch community advocate. The Vikings Group have witnessed Reg get involved in many charity organisations and drive causes he is passionate about. One of the community organisations that Reg is passionate about is Kids in Care Over Christmas. Reg is a true gentleman of the community and the Vikings Group Affiliate Club network, never one to blow his own trumpet or pat himself on the back, he is always there to support the Vikings Group wherever he can. Many a staff at Vikings Group can recall the first time they met Reg and what a wonderful, warm person he is.
Vikings Group congratulate Reg on receiving this award!
Supporter of Amateur Sport – Large club
The Vikings Group is extremely proud to support 51 affiliated clubs in the Tuggeranong Valley through a vast array of programs and resources. Over 7,000 athletes in the Tuggeranong Valley belong to a Vikings Group Affiliate Club. The Vikings Group offers financial support through the provision of grant funding, representative grants and event involvement. But in the true spirit of community, we are able to provide in-kind support to our Affiliated Clubs through measures which are instrumental in keeping our Affiliate Clubs viable and healthy as they are predominantly volunteer based.
Through the Affiliate Club program, we are able to meet and exceed the objectives of our Club’s Constitution which is to:
The Vikings Group are known as the home of sport in the Tuggeranong Valley and we pride ourselves on continuing to embody our community spirit, and be a genuine part of the south-side community.
Thanks to our unique club model, we have been able to provide for a diverse range of social and recreational needs of our community. Today we are proud to support several first-class sporting facilities, and more than 7,000 athletes and players across 41 different sports and activities in 51 affiliated clubs. As a not-for-profit entity, Vikings Group provide approximately $2 million each year in grants, infrastructure and other support to Tuggeranong’s sporting and community-based clubs. We have been able to contribute more than $41 million dollars to our community since our inception. We are extremely proud of our support to date, and want to ensure we can continue this well into the future.
Complete list of winners:
Arts & Culture – large club, Eastlake Group (Friends of the School of Music) and small club, Harmonie German Club (German Culture and Oktoberfest); Disability, Welfare & Social Inclusion – large club, Canberra Southern Cross Club (Karinya House); highly commended Vikings Group (Charity of the Year program); Education – large club, Vikings Group (The Path Program); Emergency Services – large club, Eastlake Group (St John’s Care); Health & Wellbeing – large club, Vikings Group (Play Within Your Limits); Heart of the Community – large club, Vikings Group – Reg Bates and small club, Harmonie German Club – Wally and Erika Merkel; Support of Amateur Sport – large club, Vikings Group (Affiliate Club Program) and small club, The RUC at Turner (rugby union and lawn bowls); Youth Leadership – Canberra Southern Cross Club (Live Your Dreams Young Leaders Program).