Council to help improve community health and wellbeing

20/06/2019

For the first time, Georges River Council has partnered with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and Calvary Health Care Kogarah, to support the Doing It Differently (DID) Grants Program in the Georges River area. 
 
Local community groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 per project through the initiative, which aims to promote health and wellbeing, create well-connected communities and reduce the risk of loneliness and social isolation.
 
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the partnership, endorsed by Council in February 2019, will help to facilitate new and innovative social support pathways for members of the local community.
 
“I am proud that Council is able to support the Doing It Differently Grants Program, a fantastic initiative which for the past two years has facilitated opportunities for people to connect, feel a sense of belonging, and develop new skills,” explained Mayor Greene. 
 
“By engaging with different community groups in the program, we hope to positively impact thousands of local residents and encourage long-lasting social change in our community.
 
“If you are interested in applying for a grant, I strongly encourage you to attend one of the three upcoming local information sessions to ensure you are well-prepared for the application process,” added Mayor Greene. 
 
The Georges River area is home to a higher proportion of older age groups (60+ years), carers (32%), people born overseas (44.8%) and people from non-English backgrounds (42%), all groups which may be at higher risk of experiencing feelings of isolation.
 
The rising rate of loneliness and its link to poor health and wellbeing is increasingly being acknowledged as an epidemic, where people affected are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, anxiety and premature death. 
 
Julie Dixon, Director, Planning Population Health and Equity, SESLHD said the District is looking forward to supporting Georges River residents to improve social wellbeing, through the new partnership with Council.   
 
“The focus of the Doing It Differently initiative is to build on the strengths and resources that already exist in the community to generate positive health outcomes,” Ms Dixon said. 
 
“The local community have the assets and hold the solutions to address what matters to them. Alongside healthcare professionals, the community is an active and equal partner to improving mental wellbeing by delivering activities that connect people and help build resilience,” added Ms Dixon. 
 
Doing It Differently uses a simple and collaborative application process and aims to build on the existing strengths of communities by using an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. 
 
Free Information Sessions
 
Information Session 1
Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Address: Mortdale Community Centre, 2b Boundary Rd, Mortdale
 
Information Session 2
Date: Friday 5 July 2019
Time: 11.00am-1.00pm 
Address: Georges River Civic Centre, Corner MacMahon and Dora Streets Hurstville
 
Information Session 3
Date: Friday 5 July 2019
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm 
Address: Georges River Civic Centre, Corner MacMahon and Dora Streets Hurstville
 
Asset Based Community Development workshop
 
Come along to a free full-day workshop, to learn how to apply the ABCD approach to make your project idea happen. 
 
Date: Thursday 25 July 2019
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
Address: Booth Saunders Pavilion, Hurstville Oval
 
Bookings: To confirm your place at any of the above events please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Grants

Applications will open on Monday 5 August 2019 at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au. For more information, please call Georges River Council on 9330 6400, email mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or visit: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Grants.