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Clever Projects Supporting Bushfire Resilience

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Ten local organisations have today been awarded Wellbeing SA grants in the wake of the 2019/20 Bushfires.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the first round of the Strengthening Community Wellbeing after Bushfire grants is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $2.6 million Bushfire Mental Health Project.

“These grants aim to ensure that people who have experienced trauma from bushfires are well-supported as they explore ways to strengthen their mental health and wellbeing," Minister Wade said.

Among the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula funding recipients are those focused on supporting men to connect through art mental therapy and supporting local women to come together at cooking and craft events, concerts and first aid training.

The Adelaide Hills Council has received funds for the Adelaide Hills Youth Central project, which will develop a dynamic, online hub for young people across the region to connect and to access wellbeing resources and activities.

Fabrik has received funding for a creative community mapping project called 'Hidden Treasures' in which Lobethal residents can tell stories, share photographs, share memories and make art.

The Woodside Branch of the SA Country Women’s Association will deliver events and activities to support the mental health and social wellbeing of the community. Events will include cooking and craft sessions, concerts, mental health awareness sessions, bushfire preparedness and first aid training.

Torrens Valley Little Athletics Centre will run a family wellbeing day for families living in the Adelaide Hills. The centre is taking action to address the wellbeing of locals after a survey demonstrated high levels of anxiety in the community about the fire danger season.

Summit Health will support human carers of animals to reflect on their common experiences of caring for animals who were impacted by the 2019 bushfires. Many workers and volunteers spent long hours looking after and euthanising injured animals.

Kangaroo Island Football League will support men to connect through workshops run by an art therapist. Participants will design and cast metal objects from metal fragments they retrieved from their homes after the bushfires and from supplied materials.

Parndana Golf Club will hold an event to connect community and strengthen wellbeing after the bushfires. The Golf Extravaganza will be inclusive, family friendly, encourage physical activity and increase community connections.

A full list of grant recipients can be found at https://openyourworld.sa.gov.au/bushfiregrants

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