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Grants help mental wellbeing

By Country News

A number of organisations and groups are making positive mental health and wellbeing a priority, with the Look Over the Farm Gate initiative.

Organised by the VFF, in conjunction with Agriculture Victoria, Royal Flying Doctor Service, National Centre for Farmer Health, Country Fire Authority and Country Women’s Association, the program is designed to deliver grants of up to $1500 for community events and mental health training.

Bringing together neighbours and the community, the Look Over the Farm Gate grants can fund once-off events or a series of events.

Some ideas include a free community barbecue, regular fitness meet-ups, community tree planting, or a family movie night — whatever your community needs to get together and take a break.

Look Over the Farm Gate is also a call to action for rural people to look out for one another, promote social inclusion, create awareness about mental health, and reduce the impact it has on rural communities.

The 2018-19 Drought Support Grants are open now for events held between December 2018 and March 2019.

Any community groups, shire councils or VFF branches in the eligible communities are encouraged to apply for grants.

■To learn more about the grants, selection criteria or to fill out an application form, visit: lookoverthe

farmgate.org.au

■If you have any questions, contact the Look Over the Farm Gate co-ordinator by email at: lookoverthe

farmgate@vff.org.au or phone 1300882833.