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Community Wellbeing and Resilience grants

The Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants provide funding for SA community-based projects that contribute to positive wellbeing and resilience outcomes.

Phase 2

Wellbeing SA is pleased to offer Phase 2 funding to support the continuation of selected Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grant projects, as part of its ongoing work to support the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local South Australian communities.

A Welcoming Place – Salisbury

This project will build upon the successful Phase 1 ‘A World of Wellbeing’ project, which engaged with 85 students to create an Aboriginal mural reflecting the importance of family, community and culture at the Para Hills Community Hub.

Phase 2 will engage with over 150 local grade 1 and 2 students from Burton Primary School to create themes for a new outdoor mural at the Burton Community Hub, situated opposite the Kaurna Park Wetlands.

Senior Elder Frank Wanganeen will host tours of the Wetlands for students, teaching the importance of the Wetlands to the Kaurna history and culture through the sharing of Dreamtime stories.

Artist in Residency at U City - Adelaide

Phase 2 will expand on the original empowering program in Adelaide, which established the U City Arts Studio space, connecting diverse communities through multiple arts workshops, to incorporate a broader range of vulnerable groups and provide mentoring to foster artists of the future.

Uniting Communities will employ two artists, one Aboriginal and one mentor, to provide creative and cultural activities to address anxiety, loneliness and emotional wellbeing.

Phase 2 will also focus on embedding greater ownership of the art studio into the U City community, so the space becomes self-sustaining in to the future.

Fit & Deadly Futures Program – Meningie/Raukkan and Murray Bridge

The Phase 1 program provided online healthy lifestyle activities including healthy cooking videos and held the successful Fit & Deadly Futures Run and Aboriginal Health Fair Day, which attracted 82 runners and over 200 attendees.

Phase 2 will continue to focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles for the Murray Bridge, Meningie/Raukkan communities by showcasing community leaders who role model these positive behaviours.

The Fit & Deadly Futures Program will specifically focus on three healthy lifestyle activities; online community engagement, youth engagement and a Healthy, Active Lifestyle Community Challenge.

Skatelight Connect – Elizabeth

This is a collaborative project building upon the success of Phase 1 which included facilitating consultation for young people aged 12-18 years to develop weekly engagement sessions for 10 months with support by volunteer youth leaders and mentors.

Phase 2 will focus on Elizabeth, Munno Para and Davoren Park. The aims of the project are to leverage trusted existing relationships with the community, built through Skatelight Phase 1, to connect young people to programs in local libraries, the Playford Wellbeing Hub, Sporting Clubs, Community Centres and local youth services, to enable them to continue to build mentor networks outside of the initial Skatelight program.

The Paddock to Plate Project – Gepps Cross

Phase 1 delivered the co-design and build of a community kitchen and garden at The Food Centre. The Phase 2 project will build the capacity of members/leaders within The Food Centre (TFC) community at Gepps Cross, to sustain community wellbeing and resilience through community projects.

The project will also develop pathways for new and existing mentees to the social enterprise program at TFC. Community members will also have the opportunity to attend ‘Grow Your Own’ gardening courses and ‘Great Grub’ cooking programs.

The Bush Telegraph: Working Together to Build a Wellbeing Responsive Lower Eyre Peninsula Community

The Phase 1 project supported and trained Community Champions across the Eyre Peninsula to lead 14 wellbeing projects in their local communities focusing on families and young people, Aboriginal young men and foster carers.

Phase 2 will see the LBI Foundation collaborate with six partner agencies across the Lower Eyre Peninsula (Port Lincoln) to bring a collective focus for a stronger and more targeted narrative: Working Together to Build a Wellbeing Responsive Lower Eyre Peninsula Community.

The Phase 2 project is a deeper extension and embedding of the Phase 1 initiative, bringing community together through a process of shared language to co-design and implement meaningful shared wellbeing solutions.

Phase 1 recipients

Metropolitan Adelaide

Art Around the Table - Port Adelaide Enfield

St Vincent de Paul Society SA in partnership with The Art Bus and Kilburn Community Centre created a dynamic initiative that brought together cross generational, socially isolated, culturally diverse people to build community resilience and hope, through sharing stories, creating art, drinking tea, and building friendships.

Artist in Residency at U City - Adelaide

Uniting Communities provided cultural and creative artistic activities to address anxiety, loneliness and support emotional health and wellbeing which has been exacerbated by COVID-19 for a range of community groups including older people, people with a significant disability and Aboriginal people.

Art Reach - Hackham

This project, delivered by Beach Road Artworks, used art to engage with vulnerable community members through three distinct elements including posted care packs, online art workshops and the creation of an accessible website to access the Art Reach resources.

Community Food Expo - Onkaparinga

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga used community interest in the food distribution system as an opportunity to connect, engage and inspire those who are vulnerable in the north of the community. They looked to build a more sustainable local food system that supports the community’s wellbeing.

Community Conversations and Health and Wellbeing - Davoren Park

The Federation of Equatoria Community Association engaged the South Sudanese community in building health literacy and community resilience. The project engaged community members in designing and delivering new approaches to health and wellbeing messages, with a focus on COVID-19 information and how it has impacted the South Sudanese community.

Onkaparinga Neighbourhood Play Streets

Onkaparinga Neighbourhood Play Streets, delivered by the City of Onkaparinga, is a community-based project targeted at neighbourhoods who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Organised street play encourages children and families to get outside and connect with their neighbours through fun and inclusive physical activities, growing quality connections and helping unite people.

Skatelight - Elizabeth and Munno Para

The City of Playford engaged young skate park users from Elizabeth and Munno Para to co-design youth led social support programs. The programs were facilitated by locally trained youth sector leaders, and with support from volunteers, implemented a collaborative strategy delivering physical activity programs to promote social inclusion and positive physical and mental wellbeing.

TFC Paddock to Plate - Port Adelaide Enfield

The project aimed to reconnect the community through a range of food related activities and actions. The Food Centre rebuilt its volunteer workforce and existing food services (supermarket and café) as well as creating new services (cooking and growing) to build a local food paddock to plate system. The focus points included building community cooking, garden infrastructure, increasing food growing, cooking knowledge, confidence, and increasing social connections.

A World of Wellbeing – Salisbury

This project, delivered by the City of Salisbury, delivered programs designed to contribute to positive wellbeing and resilience outcomes that address the impacts of COVID-19 on priority groups including young people. A wall mural was created by a local Aboriginal artist that captures and reflects the voices of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth on resilience and hope.


The Bush Telegraph: A regionally embedded mental health and wellbeing program - Eyre Peninsula

LBI Foundation's The Bush Telegraph project was designed to help build up the mental health and wellbeing of communities across the Eyre Peninsula as a result of COVID-19, through building the capacity of Community Champions.

Parndana Bowling Club social, mental and physical community connection - Kangaroo Island

Parndana Bowling Club aimed to become a welcoming hub for the community to reconnect as they recover from bushfires and COVID-19. By offering new initiatives such as pilates, young mums and other events, and targeting diverse population groups, the club encouraged and welcomed supporting new users of the facility to connect in different ways.

The LIFE Project: A wellbeing and resilience program for Peterborough - Peterborough

The LIFE (Lift, Inspire, Feel, Embrace) Project, delivered by the District Council of Peterborough, was a targeted wellbeing and resilience program that will address key areas of health and wellbeing identified by the community. A multi-layered approach saw the delivery of the key health messages in a range of formats including face-to-face and online events, and an education and information sharing campaign.

Raukkan Play Space - Lake Alexandrina

The Raukkan Community Council in partnership with Raukkan Aboriginal School is developing a cultural play space for children and youth that meets the physical and social needs of young people, using elements and practices that reflect traditional Ngarrindjeri culture. The fabrication process of the cultural play space will offer skills development opportunities, through workshops and mentorships, for young people and interested community members in traditional skills such as knotting, weaving and woodcarving.

Rebooting Footy – Limestone Coast, Eyre Peninsula, Riverland, Yorke Peninsula

SANFL's Rebooting Footy aimed to provide targeted support to leagues and clubs in regional areas that did not participate in the 2020 football season, to provide them with additional skills and confidence to manage their clubs and competitions in a safe and viable way and ensue a return to sport, which will have broader wellbeing impacts on a range of local communities.

Visit the Rebooting Footy website

Barossa Volunteer Finder: Connecting Community through Micro Volunteering – Barossa Valley

Regional Development Australia – Barossa, Gawler, Light and Adelaide Plains, connected residents online to micro volunteering opportunities within their community to build a sense of belonging, connectedness and purpose. This project piloted a new online platform to link community organisations with residents, particularly young people, to become volunteers in their community.

Multiple locations

Stay in the Game - statewide (online)

This project, delivered by ACH Group, encouraged older South Australians to connect with others in the community, be more physically active, and engage socially through online videogaming and simultaneous voice chat.

Kurunpa Katuringanyi Rising Spirits Anangu Family Culture Camps - APY Lands & Adelaide Hills

The APY Art Centre Collective worked with Anangu Elders to run bush camps on the APY Lands and Adelaide Hills for Anangu who currently live in Adelaide. Anangu of all ages were supported to participate and camp at sacred sites nominated by Elders. Families were supported to spend quality time at the sacred sites, collect bush foods, hunt, and engage in cultural song and dance, and other culturally important activities.

Community Connector – various locations

Inclusive Sport SA delivered a multifaceted project that strengthens resilience through the power of stories. Through video, this project explored the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life during COVID-19 in South Australia and the impact on community accessibility and social interaction for marginalised groups.

The Fit and Deadly Futures Program – Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Raukkan

The Fit and Deadly Futures Program, delivered by Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, provided an online presence for health education with a focus on healthy lifestyle activities. This helped create innovative modes of delivering education to community groups, while highlighting positive outcomes and community resilience during the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 restrictions and life post COVID-19.

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