Support Services and Grants

Community Help Grants

For every child that dies from drowning in WA up to 10 are hospitalised following a non-fatal drowning incident, with four of these suffering serious lifelong health implications including brain injuries. 

Royal Life Saving WA is committed to reducing the impact of drowning in the community by helping families of children who’ve experienced a non-fatal drowning through Community Help Grants of up to $2,500.

Examples of assistance include:

  • Counselling for family members
  • Supplementary respite care
  • Therapy sessions of benefit to the child's recovery
  • Equipment and technology to assist at-home therapy
  • Specialised equipment including wheelchairs
  • Housing and vehicle modifications to allow wheelchair access
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing equipment, modifications or technology

Apply for a Grant

Community Help Grants are available to Western Australian families or legal guardians of a child (under 18 years of age) who has experienced an injury or disability as the result of a non-fatal drowning incident.

You can download the full eligibility criteria and application form below.

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Support Services

Royal Life Saving WA recognises the trauma associated with fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents and offers a range of support services to assist families.

Peer Support

Royal Life Saving has established a peer support network to connect parents and families dealing with the loss of a child to drowning or living with the consequences of a non-fatal drowning.

We have a network of ambassadors available who have experienced similar tragic incidents and are able to provide support and advice. We can arrange an introduction for those who need assistance, with one of our ambassadors.

Professional Grief Support Counselling Services

Royal Life Saving has established a Professional Counselling Service to help parents and families dealing with the loss of a child to drowning.  We have partnered with Red Nose WA who have qualified grief counsellors on staff to provide professional assistance offered free of charge.

Contact Us

For further information please contact us.

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Make a Donation towards our Support Services

Your vital support allows us to deliver these services to families impacted by a child drowning throughout the WA community.

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Mark's Story

Keep Watch Ambassador Mark Gubanyi has a very personal story of toddler drowning

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simone and ari

Simone's Story

Read about the difference a Community Help Grant made for this family following a non-fatal drowning incident.

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Ari Morrison at an intensive therapy course

 Help Grant assists Ari with communication

11-year-old Ari received a Community Help Grant to attend a three-week intensive speech therapy course.

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