Community Involvement


At Varley Group, we take immense pride in our varied and ongoing involvement with local, national and international community organisations, which include but are not limited to:



Soldier On

Gold Level Pledge

The Soldier On Pledge partnership provides employment pathways for veterans and their families transitioning from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.

Soldier On is a not-for-profit veteran support organisation delivering a range of services to enable current and ex-serving veterans and their families to thrive. It is Australia's only national fully integrated and holistic support services provider for our national service personnel and their families. Soldier On currently reaches more than one million Australian veterans and their families.

The services provided by Soldier On include a range of mental health and wellbeing, employment support and education programs, as well as activities focused on connections with family, friends, and the broader community.

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Newcastle United Jets

The Jets compete in Australia’s premier football competition, the A-League, representing Newcastle and the surrounding Northern NSW region. Varley Group has been a major ‘back of shorts’ sponsor of the Jets since 2015. Interestingly, Varley and organised football in Newcastle were both founded in the mid-1880s.

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Salvation Army

Varley Group is a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army, attending the annual Red Shield Appeal luncheon and also participating in regular fundraising activities to aid the Salvos.

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Newcastle Knights

The Knights compete in Australia’s premier rugby league competition, the NRL, representing Newcastle and the Hunter region.

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Edgeworth Eagles FC

The Edgeworth Eagles participate in the Northern NSW Premier League football competition, and were recently crowned champions in 2015. Varley Group has been the major shirt sponsor of the Eagles for several years.

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South Newcastle RLFC

The South Newcastle ‘Souths’ RLFC Lions participate in the Newcastle Rugby League. Varley Group has been the major shirt sponsor of the Lions for several years.

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Newcastle Regional Show

The Newcastle Regional Show occurs in March each year and attracts visitors from Newcastle and throughout NSW. Varley Group has been a long-running supporter of the event, with employees and members of the Varley family participating in the Show Committee for decades, and also through the company’s Gold Sponsorship in 2016.

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service currently undertakes more than 1000 missions each year throughout NSW (in an area covering over 130,000 square kilometres and more than 1.2 million people), assisting the rescue and support of individuals and groups in need of urgent aid. On the back of continued community support, no-one has ever paid to be airlifted from an emergency. The Varley Group is proud to support the WRHS and their exceptional community efforts.

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Wheeling & Able

Wheeling & Able is a non-profit organisation providing assistance to children and young adults with physical disabilities living in Newcastle, Central Coast, Upper and Lower Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Great Lakes areas. Wheeling & Able receives no government funding and relies on generous donations and support from business and the community.

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Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them.

The range of specialist services available at RIDBC is unique in Australia and benefits thousands of children, adults, families and professionals each year.

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Cancer Council NSW

Together with volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and staff, the Cancer Council NSW is committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community, and to lessening the burden for people affected by cancer. Varley Group assists the Cancer Council’s fundraising efforts by participating in events such as Relay For Life and the Biggest Morning Tea.

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Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter provides crisis support and suicide prevention services throughout Newcastle and the Hunter region, helping to save over 5000 lives a year.

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Hunter Melanoma Foundation Race Day

The Hunter Melanoma Foundation work together with the Newcastle Melanoma Unit to actively reduce mortality rates from melanoma, minimise patient suffering and maximise patient care in the Hunter region.

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Youth Express

Youth Express is a not-for-profit organisation servicing the Hunter Valley and Central Macquarie Regions to develop significant and sustainable partnerships that facilitate rewarding futures for local young people.

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Surfest 2016

Varley are proud to have participated in the crowd-funding campaign for the 2016 Women’s Surfest event.

The contest, fully sponsored through crowd-funding, regained 6 Star 6000 point status on the World Surf League's qualifying series.

The Hunter business community rallied together to back the iconic event, purchasing over 70 sponsorship shares.

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F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is the world’s Largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition. Varley Group assist various local schools and groups participating in the competition with guidance, experience and advice.

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Cooks Hill Galleries - 'We Get By'

‘We Get By’ was a 2015 group exhibition presented by Cooks Hill Galleries featuring the art of emerging artists from the region and beyond.

The exhibition included a prize for the artist judged to have submitted the best artwork, which Varley Group were proud to sponsor as a means of supporting the local art community and its future success.

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Newcastle Foreshore 'Resilience' Sculpture

Newcastle Foreshore is now home to one of the city’s most beautiful and meaningful landmarks.

A statue, titled ‘Resilience’, was unveiled at Foreshore Park on Saturday 6 September 2015. The artwork, conceived by Jo Sinclair and sculpted by Roger McFarlane, stands as a reminder of the impact of mental health on the Hunter community and is carved from exquisite Ithacan marble.

The sculpture represents the complex and beautiful nature of humanity, and the engraved words of ‘resilience’ and ‘mental health and wellbeing’ remind its admirers that they are not alone in their pursuit of mental welfare. The base of ‘Resilience’ is also engraved with a QR code, which visitors can scan with their smartphones to access vital information on local mental health services.

Varley are proud to have contributed to the statue’s progression from a beautiful concept into a picturesque reality, and hope the Newcastle community admire, respect and share its important message.


Newcastle Convict Lumber Yard

The Convict Lumber Yard is an important historic site located in the heart of Newcastle.

The site was the subject of an extensive archaeological dig between 1989 and 1992, resulting in the discovery of hundreds of artefacts dating back to the first days of the Newcastle penal settlement. The site is now owned by Newcastle City Council as an urban park. Signage and artworks offer opportunities to learn about the history of the site.

Varley proudly contributed resources and labour to the project as a means of paying tribute to the foundations of our great city.

Schools ANZAC Day Service

The 2016 combined schools ANZAC Day service took place at Civic Theatre Newcastle to an audience of about 1,400 primary school students from Newcastle and surrounding areas.

This unique ANZAC service is organised by a committee of year 11 students with guidance from teachers and the ex-service community, and is presented by students each year featuring a different topic of focus.

Varley are proud contributors to the event and thank the Newcastle and Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Committee for the chance to be involved.



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