‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ is a mental health and wellbeing initiative made possible by the Agriculture Victoria, Victorian Farmers Federation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, National Centre for Farmer Health, Country Fire Authority and Country Women’s Association.
Look Over the Farm Gate provides grants for community events and training for local champions to recognise and respond to distress.
Look Over the Farm Gate is also a call to action for rural communities to look out for one another, promote social inclusion, create awareness about mental health; and reduce the impact it has on rural communities.
2018 St Patrick’s Day Fire Recovery Grants
Following the St Patrick’s Day fires in south west Victoria; agricultural industry, community and government organisations recognised the crucial need for additional health and wellbeing support for fire-affected farms and farming communities. In response, the Victorian Government committed $100,000 to the roll out of the Look Over the Farm Gate program in south west Victoria.
Community groups, local government, and VFF branches are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $1,500 to run social events and community initiatives that bring together neighbours and the community to spend some time off farm to relax with family and friends.
The Look Over the Farm Gate grants can fund once-off events or a series of events. Events can range from a free community barbeque, regular fitness meet-ups, community tree planting, or a family movie night – whatever your community needs to come together and take a break.
History of Look Over the Farm Gate
Look Over the Farm Gate was developed in 2015 in response to the drought impacting north west Victoria, and was extended in 2016 to areas affected by the dairy crisis. The aim of the initiative was to increase mental health awareness, support rural communities in building resilience and encourage local action to look out for one another.