Our Partners


“We are a white foundation, so we are always learning, which means we make mistakes. First Nations’ people we walk alongside are so giving with their time, knowledge, trust and patience. We are building genuine relationships, which doesn’t happen overnight.”

Gemma Salteri, CAGES Foundation

Our Partners


“We are a white foundation, so we are always learning, which means we make mistakes. First Nations’ people we walk alongside are so giving with their time, knowledge, trust and patience. We are building genuine relationships, which doesn’t happen overnight.”

Gemma
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The Early Years Strategic Grants

Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services


Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services is an Aboriginal Community-led not for profit organisation that breaks the cycles of disadvantage and trauma to directly address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the child protection and justice system/s. 

CAGES Foundation invests in the Deadly Families Project, a culturally responsive early intervention program for Aboriginal mum's and dad's.

Deadly Families provides outreach, case management, mentoring and advocacy to work through complex issues of trauma with families, particularly those involved in the child protection system.

Recognising that many families are in environments that aren't conducive to healing and recovery, Deadly Connections is moving to a residential model of care to work more intensively.  The home will provide a culturally safe and stable environment.  Wholistic wrap-around treatment and healing for up to six months will include building living skills, encouraging contact with children if it's been some time, and healthier engagement with government services.

Trinka Kent, Family and Justice Specialist/Team Leader is funded by CAGES Foundation.  Trinka has lived experience in the system and is passionate about creating positive change for families.

"I know where the gaps are. I've been on the other side. Unless people have a stable, safe place to call home - any change is not going to be sustainable, if at all possible."

Flexibility in CAGES Foundation funding has enabled staff to respond to every changing community needs. To support women in getting their children back or build closer relationships.  To support families navigate government systems through housing advocacy, to different housing pathways or transfers. To link with other Deadly Connections programs like the Deadly Tiddas Women's Group.

"We work with people up to 12 months after as well. Providing continuity of care and goals around education and employment, supporting them on their pathways and integration into the community."

"The system gives up on our people. They assume our mothers can't change. We know they can. We know the trauma that our people face and why. We know how to support our families to break the cycle."
Trinka Kent


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Economic Inclusion

SevGen


SevGen is an innovative social enterprise that draws on the wisdom of elders, to create positive futures, helping participants find their passion and purpose, be motivated and more forward in life.

CAGES Foundation has provided flexible operational funding towards SevGen since 2015 when Gemma and Terri met at a social impact investing fair on Gadigal country.  

SevGen is short for Seven Generations, which is an Indigenous way of thinking, considering that our actions and deliberations of today, will affect our people seven generations into the future, whilst drawing on the wisdom of seven generations past.  SevGen works through connections and relationships, using Education, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship alongside connection, culture and relationships. 

Founder Terri Waller takes a unique approach to building a range of social enterprises from a bush tucker garden to black markets and its popular Deadly Espresso Cafe.  Terri says at its core SevGen is built on relationships and connection, which is why it felt right working with CAGES Foundation.

“Gemma is genuinely inspired by what is going on. It gives you confidence and belief that you are on the right track and someone is listening."

“They’re always checking in - kind of reporting is through a relationship, connection.”

CAGES foundation funding has been used to power a range of community driven activities and programs.  In 2021, CAGES provided a catalytic grant, enabling SevGen to secure a bush tucker cultivation business and property to further grow their organisation.  

“CAGES foundation work with the strength of people and invest in people. Their interest is on an altruistic level - not because someone has achieved something, and they want to attach their name to it. Their relationships are really genuine.”