10 local organisations in Dandenong share more than $44,000 of VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.

Local sporting clubs, Operation Newstart, St Kilda Gatehouse, and Casey City Council are among the organisations in Dandenong to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant. The grants provide funding to help locals build better social connections with each other and the community and provide greater opportunities for physical activity.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, said the funding will support those in the community who need it most.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus.”

“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of Dandenong and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.

“These grants will 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:

Organisation Grant Detail Amount
Operation Newstart Inc. Web-based digital mental and physical health platform $10,000
St Kilda Gatehouse Safe space for sexually exploited women 12-25 $2,400
Buckley Ridges Cricket Club Little Acorn Project for young cricketers $2,700
Heads of State Ultimate Inc. Indoor Ultimate Frisbee Program $4,000
City Kings Basketball Association Incorporated 12 sets of uniforms, basketballs, and training equipment for South Sudanese Australian players $3,000
Endeavour Hills Soccer Club Establish a new girl’s soccer team $3,000
Real Stallions Football Club Subsidise equipment costs for low SES families $3,000
Park Cubs Football Club Pay for three qualified coaches who can assist in forming three new teams $3,000
Casey City Council Provide traditional Aboriginal dance workshops for 12 weeks, run by Aboriginal Women and Girls Doveton $10,000
Borough Bulls Football Club Pay for three qualified coaches who can assist in forming three new teams $3,000

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