The Uncle Project was initiated in Byron Bay in April 1997 by youth and community worker Michael Light and became an Incorporated Association in 1998. Through his work Michael recognized a need in boys which wasn’t being fulfilled – especially those he met in government youth detention centres. From his front room at home he began building the Uncle organisation we have today. He quickly gained the support of good local men and women in the community, who recognised the great need the project sought to address.
Uncle is now run by a management committee of local members of our community, has over fifty members and is an incorporated association registered for DGR (deductible gift recipient) status with the ATO, i.e. all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Uncle in Byron Bay is a mentoring service, building one-on-one mentoring relationships and has men called ‘uncles’ who attend activities and give their time to interact, work, learn and play with boys aged 6 to 12 years old. Uncle organises a wide range of activities and events including camps, snorkelling, fishing, tennis, skateboarding, bike riding, climbing, beach soccer, rugby, cricket, surfing, discussion dinners, treasure hunts, board games and many others.
Uncle Byron Bay is funded by the local community and local and national business sponsors.