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BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Are you living in a drought affected community in Victoria or know someone who is? If so, you could be eligible for a Look Over the Farm Gate grant of up to $1,500

Look Over the Farm Gate aims to promote mental health awareness, support rural communities in building resilience and encourage local action in looking out for one another through community education and targeted communication activities.

BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Are you living in a drought affected community in East Gippsland or Northern Victoria, or know someone who is? If so, you could be eligible for a Look Over the Farm Gate grant of up to $1,500.

Look Over the Farm Gate is an initiative to encourage rural communities to look out for one another, promote social inclusion and create mental health awareness. The program delivers grants for community events to promote mental health awareness by bringing neighbours and communities together to relax with family and friends.

IS MY COMMUNITY EVENT ELIGIBLE?

To be eligible, the event must:

  • Be held in an eligible community

  • Provide an opportunity for farmers and community members to take a break and reconnect with their community

  • Address and promote positive mental health and wellbeing

  • Have a clear and achievable purpose

  • Have a proposal that articulates how the event will benefit the community

  • Be aligned with Look Over the Farm Gate’s values and goals

  • Have a realistic proposed budget

View Full List of Eligibility Criteria

WHAT COULD THE EVENT BE?

During the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Look Over the Farm Gate has been working to ensure that the project can still achieve its purpose in supporting communities in building resilience and encouraging local action to look out for one another through difficult times.

With COVID-19 restrictions slowly starting to ease, Look Over the Farm Gate is encouraging communities to apply for grants to run COVID-19 compliant events with a mental health focus.

Any event run as part of the LOTFG program requires adherence to the Victorian Chief Health Officer directions as they stand at the time of the event – including physical distancing, capturing contact details of attendees for contact tracing, congregation number limits and hygiene recommendations. This information can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria’s restriction levels webpage.

Below is an example list of events to get community organisations thinking.
However, LOTFG welcomes communities to come up with events that reflect the needs of their community!
Remember, all events must have a mental health focus.

  • Online art classes, Online Do It Yourself classes (example wood working or cooking), Online ‘pub trivia’ event, including a discussion on mental health
  • Mental health webinars – engage with local health services to run mental health training sessions or run an online wellbeing session. See more.

  • Virtual cuppa’ with neighbours

  • Event streaming – Organise a time for local community members to watch a live stream gig, art show, comedy show together, and open discussion forum on mental health following. Useful resources for online events/activities: together.vic.gov.au & deliveredlive.com.au

  • Capturing stories of resilience – Organise some interviews/publications/podcasts/case studies of people who have great stories of resilience, for discussion and sharing with a broader community audience

HOW TO APPLY

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Look Over the Farm Gate is now taking expressions of interest for organisations to deliver COVID-19 compliant activities such as workshops, seminars or programs that build greater capacity to identify social and emotional wellbeing issues and build resilience and encourage those suffering to seek support.

To register your interest, please contact:
lookoverthefarmgate@vff.org.au
1300 882 833

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