Newcastle community groups share in $300,000 worth of funding from nib foundation

THE nib foundation has announced its 2017 community grant recipients who will share in almost $300,000 in funding.

Ten new charity partners from across Australia with a focus on health and wellbeing will benefit from the fresh round of funding, including six based in the Hunter. 

The foundation has given over $15 million to 105 charity partners since its inception in 2009, and this year’s recipients were chosen on their unique ability to help improve health aspects of youth and carers. 

“We’ve selected partners who take an innovative approach to delivering targeted and age appropriate health prevention and intervention programs for at-risk individuals to improve their physical, mental and social health and wellbeing,” nib foundation Executive Officer Amy Tribe said.

“Through participation in these programs, youth and carers will be given the opportunity to learn how to use innovative technology, nature’s playground and reliable health information and education to help address their personal health challenges.”

The six receipts with a presence in the Hunter region are:

  • Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers
  • Family Planning NSW
  • Camp Quality
  • Diabetes NSW & ACT
  • Youth Off The Streets
  • Waves of Wellness

One of the more peculiar initiatives set to come out of the funding is the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym program.

The project is based on an award-winning UK eco-therapy model and will take place in Glenrock State Conservation Area from February, 2018. 

BACK TO NATURE: Green Gym helps carers relieve stress through nature work. Picture: CVA.

BACK TO NATURE: Green Gym helps carers relieve stress through nature work. Picture: CVA.

It will run for weekly for approximately 10 months and is designed specifically for carers to get them back outdoors and relieve the stress of their situations.

Already run in Sydney, participants spend time working on collaborative eco-friendly activities such as planting trees, removing invasive species and creating new nature trails.

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