We are exploring!

New initiatives

November 13, 2019

Salt is exploring ways to extend our services. We are considering several ideas and invite you contribute your thoughts or to help investigate possibilities.


According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

one of the primary developmental challenges facing Cambodia is employment. The labour force is characterised by low education and skill levels. Youth aged 15-29 years comprise around 43 percent of the working population. Salt is exploring ways to provide appropriate training with an NGO called ‘Just One’. Just One has experience in educating younger children and are investigating how to set up businesses which can also serve as training centres. Salt is considering financing new initiatives with micro loans and assisting in other ways.


Salt continues to look at ways to improve its services in the disability sector through training. We continue improve our presence in the market place and are learning and adapting to a dynamic environment. We are also looking to service regional areas where people living with disabilities find it difficult to locate support services.

Please feel free to contact us and weigh into this discussion with your idea’s and inspiration; as a team we can make a difference!

Kind Regards, Roger.


Lived Experience!

A New Partnership

October 04, 2019

Recently Roger Donnelly from SALT answered questions concerning an exciting new partnership that is developing  between SALT and an organisation known as Lived Experience directed by Ian Stephenson. Roger relates...


1) Why is partnering with Lived Experience exciting to you? Lived Experience is directed by Ian Stephenson. Ian was set to develop a career in TV starting with the comedy show Full Frontal. His life was changed with the onset of a Bi Polar condition that he has been living with and managing for the last 20 years. He is an inspiration to those living with mental health issues proving that despite inconvenient road humps, a satisfying and full life is achievable and within reach. He has a passion for media and video and has made some incredible adds for Salt 

2) What will this partnership bring to SALT? This new partnership will bring a professional edge to Salt in the market place as Ian will help us to tell SALTs story of service the community.  It will also as give us a platform for the internal training of staff. Salt is maturing as a business. 

3) How might people get involved with this venture? Ian's vision is to create comedic YouTube videos with NDIS participants who are interested in Media creation. Aspiring Actors, Directors, Assistant Directors, Props, Mic Holders etc are all invited to participate and have a good laugh along the way. 

4) How might this partnership make other associations possible? Telling our story in this 'visual age' means we can tell our story in a factual and dynamic way to our support channels to continue growing the number of those we get to serve.  A picture tells a thousand words


Contact Roger at the SALT Foundation for more information.

Happenings at SALT

Current events

August 25, 2019

Art Classes Salt is currently in conversation with a local artist and theatre technician to hold a series of art classes for participants of the NDIS. Metro & Regional  The Salt Foundation offers NDIS participants services throughout the Melbourne metropolitan region as well as the Mornington Peninsula and the Gippsland region. Friday Night Dinner The Salt Foundation has been running a Friday night dinner in Heidelberg West each week for 10 years. Salt connects with people in their community.  Salt's calling is to serve our community. The Call to Others Salt is looking for volunteers who are interested in mentoring/coaching people. With Salt we're streamlining the volunteer process to get people on the ground ASAP. You might feel like you've got nothing to offer but we'd still like you to give us a call on 0468-317-258.

Exciting Ecotherapy!

There is a buzz in the air...

September 01, 2019

There is a buzz in the air and it is about the exciting progress in the field of ecotherapy!  The central principle of ecotherapy is based on the idea that people can heal their minds through a positive connection with nature and that the natural world can benefit as people learn to be more aware of our natural environment. It is well known that being in nature is relaxing; however, evidence also shows that natural environments can help relieve symptoms of both physical and psychological distress.   


Nature is calling!


Good News! The Salt Foundation is growing!

Things are on the move at SALT!

September 08, 2019

We would like to share the awesome news that we're increasing our capability to meet your needs. SALT has close to eighty staff located across Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and Bairnsdale. Our team is committed to providing high quality, individually tailored and group centred services, that meet the needs and goals of all clients, regardless of their gender, cultural, linguistic and sexual identity.


Established in 2011, The Salt Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation providing programs that promote a state of physical, social and mental well-being for people, families and communities. 


We are proud to be of service to you!

Salt wins Banyule Sustainability Award

Banyule City Council

November 24, 2016

Rooftop beekeeping, reclaimed food, cooperative housing, preserving sugar glider habitat and a primary school taking sustainability to new levels are among the winners announced last night at the biennial Banyule and Darebin Sustainability Awards.

The awards, held every second year since 2012, recognise the environmental and sustainable living achievements of residents, community groups, schools and businesses within the Banyule and Darebin Council areas.

Grant received by The Salt Foundation helps provide food hampers to people during tough times

Feed Melbourne

One person who has seen both sides of charity work is Mic Stobbe. You could say Mr Stobbe’s family has been dealt a tough hand. His wife has cancer, his three sons were born with disabilities and Mic himself has struggled with heart, back and wrist problems. He had to give up his job as a labourer when he was injured and has since been doing jobs in garden maintenance and stretching an aged pension.

“I’m not allowed to work as a labourer anymore, which is hard because I’ve been working since I was 14,” Mr Stobbe said. “With the way my back is, if I slipped I’d never walk again.”

His family received food parcels from the Salt Foundation during tough times, so the Heidelberg man was determined to give back — by volunteering with the organisation to stock hampers for others in need.

The Salt Foundation’s Friday night meals allow Banyule community to connect

Heidelberg Leader

September 17, 2014

The Salt Foundation allows the Banyule community to come together over a meal every Friday night.

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes that home comes thanks to a couple of community-minded people giving back to those in need.

People from around the area come to dine with Heidelberg West couple Catherine and Roger Donnelley – founders of the non-profit foundation – who, for a few hours a week, have created a retreat where people can leave their troubles behind.

Heidelberg West’s Salt Foundation plans special dining experience for people in need

Heidelberg Leader

May 12, 2014

No matter what side of Waterdale Rd you live on, everyone needs something to look forward to. And Heidelberg West non-profit organisation, the Salt Foundation, is planning a special dining experience for residents in need where they can eat and meet others in the community.

Husband and wife Roger and Catherine Donnelley set up the Salt Foundation in 2011. They run a weekly food bank, help the Exodus Community group feed about 70 people on Wednesdays and hold weekly Friday night dinners.

The foundation has applied for a $1000 Leader Local Grant to help them buy the food to make their plans for a special winter event for their community a reality.

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