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

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

Wycheproof Youth Group, Football Federation Sunraysia and Birchip Neighbourhood House 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.

“The Mildura region’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 Mildura electorate are:

Wycheproof Youth Group – $5,171 to establish a fruit and vegetable garden and appropriate kitchen facilities to allow safe food preparation at Wycheproof Youth hall. This will increase access to healthy and affordable food, and increase young people’s knowledge of environmental sustainability;

Football Federation Sunraysia – $10,000 to deliver a set of 50 all abilities soccer clinics for young people (aged 7 to 12 years). The project will help filter young people from the area into both social and more structured forms of ongoing participation in the sport, with the aim to increase the number of girls and CALD community members involved;

Birchip Neighbourhood House – $ 8,600 to engage with community members of all ages in community events and activities. They will provide young rural community members, parents and community leaders with information sessions, training and community events (e.g. an event providing information on the benefits of social connections, golf days, bubble soccer etc.), to re-engage them in intergenerational activities, improving their mental health and wellbeing.

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