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Supporting locals in Macedon to eat well, move more and stay connected.

Seven local organisations, clubs and groups in the Macedon electorate will share in $3million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus.

Edmund Rice Camps Victoria, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, Kyneton Contemporary, Flying Fox Services, Woodend Playgroup, Health Futures Australia and Ranch are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to help locals build better social connections with each other and the community, provide greater opportunities for physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food.

Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell welcomed the funding which supports those in the community who need it most.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Ms Lovell said.

“Macedon’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower local residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said.

“Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in the Macedon electorate are:

Edmund Rice Camps Victoria – $9,075 to deliver a five-day camp at the Doxa Malmsbury Camp Site for 16 young girls (aged 12 to 16 years) who are experiencing hardship. With the help of 25 volunteers this camp will encourage these young girls to develop relationships, build self-confidence and learn new skills through new experiences such as hiking, rock climbing and problem solving activities;

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre – $10,000 to develop a Trentham Youth Group project. This will target children (aged 5 to 8 years) via weekly activities to encourage them in building social connections and relationships with their peers, so future transition to high school from primary school is better supported through close relationships with others;

Kyneton Contemporary – $7,020 to subsidise the cost of an accessibility bus for people with limited mobility to navigate around the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial arts festival. The aim is to improve social connection within the community and drive external interest in the area;

Flying Fox Services – $9,800 for the provision of five SHORTZ Weekend Respite Programs for Children with Disabilities. These short stay programs, usually 1-3 nights over a weekend, aim to provide children with disabilities an opportunity to experience independent living. Funding will also support the training of Flying Fox volunteer buddies, who support children during their stays;

Woodend Playgroup – $9,900 to create a Woodend Playgroup Family Connections Project will use this grant to engage family’s children(aged under 5 years) through weekend lunches, which will include children’s activities which will be delivered so that these children and their family can connect with other families in the area as well as nature;

Health Futures Australia – $47,700 to deliver a set of programs including the Young Growers Program and Network and the Healthy Lunch Kitchen program. The programs will be used in conjunction to increase the fresh food supply, security and nutrition of school lunches in regional communities in the Hepburn area and provide employment opportunities for young people (aged 16 to 18 years);

Ranch – $50,000 to create and gather a toolkit of resources and frameworks to enable the development of activities into the future for other neighbourhood houses around the state. This project will target folk who aren’t actively connected in their communities, and therefore, create a space which is safe and social for them to connect.

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