Grants to kickstart youth wellbeing projects – winners announced

Grants to kickstart youth wellbeing projects – winners announced

A wide variety of projects, from youth food gardens and cookbooks, to fitness challenges, mountain bike training, and girls’ skateboarding sessions will soon be underway across the Northern Rivers thanks to seed funding from a local grants scheme.

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) today announced ten recipients of its Youth Health and Wellbeing Grants designed to help young people get active and stay well.

The grants of up to $4000 each are funded by NNSWLHD as part of its Healthy Communities Northern Rivers initiative, a whole of community approach to making it easier for people to lead active healthy lives.

Health Promotion Manager, Jillian Adams, said one of the key criteria for the grants was that young people were involved in the planning of the projects.

“It’s important that these projects to get young people active and eating healthy food, come from a youth perspective, because young people know best what will work for them,” Ms Adams said.

“We invited Dr Kate Neale from the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University to be on the grant assessment panel, because of her expertise in youth engagement.”

Other criteria for the grants included value for money, sustainability, innovation, planning and evaluation, and addressing social disadvantage.

The projects focus on healthy eating or physical activity, or both, and are for young people aged 13 to 24 years.

The grant winners are from across the Northern Rivers and include projects to address girls’ physical activity, Indigenous youth health, young people with disability, and social disadvantage.

“There was strong competition for the grants and I would like to commend all the applicants for the work they put into their project ideas,” Ms Adams said.

The 2019-20 budget for Northern NSW Local Health District is over $875 million, this is an increase of over $37 million on the 2018-19 budget.


Youth Health and Wellbeing Grants recipients 2019

 Ballina Coast High – Student Activity Project

Offer strength and conditioning training sessions to students at lunchtime two days a week, delivered by PDHPE teachers. It will give all students access to free gym facilities and organised training sessions. Senior students (Year 11 and 12) will also benefit from the stress reduction and improved mental wellbeing that exercise classes can provide.

Banora Point High School – A Special Cycle Program

This project will allow us to establish a cycling program for Special Education students at Banora Point High School. This program will allow our students to experience the enjoyment of riding, engraining physical activity into our routines and acting as a platform to deliver road safety and travel training learning programs.

Bulgarr Ngaru(Grafton)- Bulgarr Boot Camp

Weekly personal trainer boot camp sessions to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, build strength and increase physical activity in young people and their families. Project will also include health education sessions/workshops.

Byron Youth Service – Aunties cookbook

A BYS girls-only project aimed at supporting self-care, changing attitudes towards food and providing guidance for positive healthy life choices. This BYS project will educate and inspire young women around healthy eating, nutrition and the importance of living a balanced lifestyle through regular physical/social activities and learning how to cook low-cost recipes.

CASPA Education –  CASPA Community Garden project

The project will promote both physical and mental health for the young people and staff members directly involved. The development of the garden will be embedded into the current education appointments for the students attending the centre, and will provide the students with project based learning experiences, opportunities for increased physical activity as well as daily contact with nature.

Kyogle Track and Mountain Bike Club – Access program

The mountain bike access program will provide bikes and safety equipment to enable disadvantaged youth to participate in mountain biking in Kyogle. The club will provide eight (8) weeks of skills sessions for participants and make bikes available for use after the training is complete. Participants will also have opportunity for ongoing involvement with the club leading to increased community connectedness and self-improvement.

Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre –Physical activity workshops

Our project will provide an early intervention pathway to physical and emotional wellbeing for young women. Providing workshops in martial arts – Fight Like a Girl, and skateboarding with the Ladies of Shred. This project is designed to create a safe space for young women to connect with each other through a shared experience of physical engagement.

Rekindling the Spirit – The Lismore Youth Koori Knockout

The knockout is a healthy active lifestyle program targeted at youth. The program will run one afternoon per week for 10 weeks. Each session will include a component of physical activity with a focus on traditional Aboriginal games, sports and movement. We will have a focus on how to incorporate activity into your day-to-day life such as walking or riding your bike to the shops instead of driving or getting the bus. There will also be a session focusing on nutrition and healthy eating.

RTRL Lismore Library – Youth Pizza Garden

This project is designed to encourage local youth to build and maintain a vegetable garden and develop skills in independence, active living and social gardening. Youth will have the opportunity to work together with local garden enthusiasts to create a healthy garden and a social space that will supply healthy food to be used in an enjoyable pizza-cooking experience.

SPRUNG!! – Empowering young persons with disability for healthy living

Sprung!! young adult dancers with disability will work with a peer support trainer to devise a program of healthy living (dance exercise and healthy lunch/snack menus) particularly suited to young people with disability. They will introduce this program as peer supporters throughout the Sprung!! programs and with learning support students in three regional high schools.

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