In April 2018, we launched Westfield Local Heroes, our community recognition and grants program. The program is designed to discover and celebrate individuals who promote social wellbeing and harmony in our communities across Australia and New Zealand.
Our goal was to shine a spotlight on exceptional people who are dedicated to strengthening their local communities.
With our Purpose at the heart of the initiative, we set out to give back to the local communities in which we operate and enable each of our living centres to engage directly with customers on the social issues that matter most to them.
We asked our local communities and employees to nominate who they believe to be Westfield Local Heroes, giving them potential access to our $1.17 million grant funding to support their work and programs. The response from our customers and communities has been nothing short of phenomenal for our first year, with 1,037 individuals nominated and over 77,000 votes cast.
Our 117 inaugural Westfield Local Heroes each received a grant of $10,000, totalling $1.17 million, to further their vital work in addressing social needs in our local communities.
""The impact of the $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant has been enormous. It has enabled us to set up a Ninja Warrior Program for local youth at the club so we can attract and engage more members of the community to our club and help them realise their potential." - 2018 recipient Adam Thompson from PCYC NSW, City of Sydney
The Westfield Local Heroes community recognition and grants program has helped us connect with and enrich our local communities. We’ve engaged an external third party to measure the impact of the Westfield Local Heroes program. We’re committed to implementing improvements to grow the number of local community connections and raise awareness of important social issues.