Who we are

The Head Strong Foundation is an Incorporated Not for Profit Charity Organisation which aims to support and educate regional and remote communities. Our mission is to make mental health resources more accessible, specifically targeted and delivered by professionals. Currently, the HSF organisation is focused on continually expanding our network of like-minded organisations to create life changing and enlightening experiences for communities.

Toby Barons

Co-Founder & Director / Chairman

Born in Sydney’s Hills area, Toby leads an active lifestyle maintaining his love for exercise and healthy wellbeing. An advocate for challenging oneself’s mind, body and soul.

Toby owns and operates an air conditioning company which has taught many valuable lessons on business and the importance of workplace culture, positive relationships and will power.

“Even the strongest of individuals can be brought undone by the mind. In a world where technological advancements is at a lightning pace,and life is ever so busy, sometimes we under value the importance of stopping to smell the roses. Mental health battles come in all shapes and sizes, with no one shoe fits all rule – that’s why Head Strong Foundation was created; To provide the correct resources in an easily accessable manner to those often living in rural and remote communities”

Derek Robinson

Co-Founder & Director / Public Officer

Derek was born in Sydney (NSW), and developed a passion for sports and outdoor activities from an early age.

Studying at ACPC, Derek recieved a Bachelors degree in Sports Business and has been working in the Aquatic Industry for 12 years.

“It is extremely important that resources are allocated to mental health wellbeing due to the increasing tragedies that individuals / societies face due to negative impacts of mental health. I am passionate about helping make an impact with my involvement in the Head Strong Foundation.”

Danielle Smith

Co-Founder & Director / Secretary

Danielle was born in Forbes, NSW and grew up in Grenfell on the land with her family. Danielle loves the country and farming communities and frequently still immerses herself in the environment. She has a passion for sport and outdoor activities, particularly as these activities have the potential to create a positive impact on mental health.

Danielle completed a bachelor of Exercise Sports Science, Sports Management at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She has worked at Sporting Organisations for 4 years and currently working at a Nutrition Company.

“Having grown up in a Regional town myself, I understand the different challenges communities face compared to Urban areas, along with struggling to easily access resources / assistance for mental health. I am excited to see Head Strong Foundation grow and can say we have definitely made a difference to community groups within the Central West area already. I am very passionate about assisting people with increasing their well-being, whether this is physically or for mental health – the quality of one’s life makes a big impact on their journey.”

What we offer?

The Head Strong Foundation partners with a network of charitable organisations that have designed researched and targeted resources such as courses, workshops, digital applications, and hard copy material which we leverage. In part with the facilitation of workshops and courses, we work with accredited trainers to present the courses with excellence. Along with the course presenters, our team is on the ground, communicating with members of the community about why and what are the most significant issues facing the region.

The Head Strong Foundation is equipped with the personnel to provide direct counselling and mental health first aid in times of need. As an organisation that has a feel for positive communities, we aim to run community day events and aid community initiative projects.

Charitable Purposes and Powers

The company is established to be a charity whose purpose is to relieve the distress and suffering experienced by people living in regional, rural and remote areas who will benefit from greater access to mental health resources, by undertaking some or all of the following activities:

  • Increasing the accessibility and availability of mental health resources in regional, rural and remote communities.
  • Facilitating or providing workshops, counselling services and other activities and resources to build and strengthen the mental health and well-being of individuals, groups and communities.
  • Facilitating or conducting events and activities to raise awareness of mental health and well-being.
  • Facilitating, providing or coordinating community initiative projects to aid the mental health and well-being of individuals, groups and communities.
  • Facilitating or conducting fundraising events and activities to raise funds, to support the above charitable purpose.