Eight local organisations, clubs and groups in Dandenong will share in $3 million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires.

The Small Sided Football Association, City of Greater Dandenong Council, Athletico Wolves FC, United Devils FC, the Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc, Enliven, Life Saving Victoria and Wellsprings for Women are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to provide greater opportunities for physical and help locals build better social connections with each other and the community.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, stands committed to supporting those in the community who need it most.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Ms Williams said.

“Dandenong’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower Dandenong residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said.

“Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in Dandenong include:

  • Small Sided Football Association – $9,660
  • City of Greater Dandenong Council – $10,000
  • Athletico Wolves FC – $3,000
  • United Devils FC – $3,000
  • Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc  – $3,000
  • Enliven – $46, 342
  • Life Saving Victoria – $50,000
  • Wellsprings for Women – $43,450


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