Learn about the groups and organisations that have recently received a Community Development Grant.
Down to Earth
This project involves running a seven-week education and social support group for caregivers of a child aged 6 – 12 months who are experiencing mental health challenges. The project will teach perinatal mental health management strategies and techniques in order to increase mental health and wellbeing for participant’s and their children, strengthen relationships between caregivers and their child/ren, and increase sense of belonging and community connection.
The project involves a low cost six-week women’s health program, with sessions held at various locations throughout the municipality. The project will provide women with the opportunity to increase participation in sports and active recreation, increase healthy habits, create social networks, and increase knowledge, skills and health and wellbeing.
Through the Lens of our Youth
The project involves students developing raps, songs and statements, about the Middle Years Strategies of Whittlesea’s Youth Plan 2030+, which will be filmed and shared on social media. The project will allow young people in the City of Whittlesea to have a voice on youth issues, using communication channels relevant to young people.
Vietnamese Women’s Social Support Group
The project will run a weekly Vietnamese Women’s Social Support Group during school terms in 2020. The project will increase social and cultural connections for participants while empowering women through increased knowledge of their rights and developing leadership skills.
27th Fasolatha Festival
The project involves holding a community festival which showcases Greek culture and traditions. The project will bring the community together to celebrate the culture and traditions of Northern Greece. The project will foster partnerships in planning, promoting and delivering the event and will also be an opportunity for recruiting and training volunteers.
Mernda Multicultural Celebration
This project involves supporting a newly formed community group, of CALD women, to run a family friendly intercultural celebration in Mernda. The project will create opportunities for networking, increased social connections and intercultural understanding while also strengthening leadership skills of CALD women.
A Day for a Big Group Hug
The project involves holding an open day at the Big Group Hug warehouse in Bundoora. The project will bring diverse community members together in an effort to increase social cohesion, create new community partnerships, raise awareness of Big Group Hug and the ongoing volunteer opportunities available.
Whittlesea Youth Community Safety Project
The project involves Whittlesea Secondary students participating in a series of art workshops and community safety expo which focus on safety issues (drugs and alcohol, digital crime, mental health, gendered/family violence). The project will improve understanding of police roles and safety priorities, increase trusting relationships, create a safe space for young people to be creative and increase creative skills.
Meadowglen Primary School Entrance Rejuvenation Project
The project involves primary and secondary school students, parents, and local residents coming together to learn about Aboriginal culture, occupational health and safety, painting and rustproofing skills in order to rejuvenate the school gates. The project will increase community connections, increase awareness of Aboriginal culture, increase connections and support between Aboriginal students/families and the wider school community.
Whittlesea Yoga & Meditation Sessions by NNCI
The project involves a six-month program of yoga, meditation and Zumba classes and an optional cycling group. Based in Thomastown, the project will provide opportunities and motivation for culturally diverse participants to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, improve social integration and harmony and improve multiculturalism.
Whittlesea Food Collective Garden Program
The project will bring diverse community members together through a calendar of food production and sustainability events and workshops to be held at Melbourne Polytechnic Community Garden. The project will increase participant skills and knowledge of healthy food choices and sustainability, increasing community wellbeing and social connections.
Let’s Keep Moving
The project involves holding weekly dance classes during 2020 school terms and will be accessible to all levels of ability. The project will decrease social isolation while increasing social connections, health and fitness, memory, mobility, flexibility and confidence.
The project will provide a range of physical and social opportunities aimed at enhancing wellbeing of an anxiety and depression self-help group’s members. The project involves conducting an ‘Olympic Games’ session, visiting Bundoora Park Farm’s educational and volunteering program, a dance party (open to Epping North and Wollert community members), learning chair yoga and mindfulness, and updating lists of health, support and local wellness services and activity venues.
The project will see the establishment of a community garden, with raised garden beds, within the primary school. The project will engage the community in building partnerships and growing and cooking produce for those in need. Educational aspects of the garden will also be incorporated into the school’s curriculum.
The project involves holding a series of community forums which allow community to decide how to develop the space where an illuminated W-Class tram will be installed. The project will engage community members, create a clear community vision for the future of the tram, increase use of the site by existing groups and foster the formation of new social and other activity groups.
Fundi Homework Club (An AAWB Program NLDAT)
This project will develop stronger connections between children (aged 11 – 18 years) from African migrant and refugee backgrounds, schools and the wider City of Whittlesea community. The project will provide a safe learning space for a group of African students and their families with parent workshops focusing on skills necessary for living comfortably in Australian society.
Promoting wellbeing and social cohesion through sharing popular African recipes in a cookbook
This project will bring women from different African backgrounds together to produce a cookbook that will be used as a way of sharing popular African dishes with the wider Australian community.
This project creates a safe space for women from all cultural backgrounds and life stages, from the Wollert and Epping North area, to come together and talk about various topics such as self-care, healthy eating and exercise, family relationships and positive parenting whilst creating sustainable home products.
Breastfeeding Twins or More
The project will help expectant mothers of twins or more learn how to breastfeed more than one baby. The project will involve a trained lactation consultant delivering two four-hour sessions spaced over a 10-month period.
Community Cooking and Conversation - pilot program
This project will deliver a six-week, hands-on cooking and conversation pilot program at Edgar's Creek Secondary College for up to 20 participants – particularly from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
This project will deliver monthly mindfulness sessions for children, young people and adults at various locations throughout the City of Whittlesea.
Future Foundations Creative Workshops
This project will make a difference to disadvantaged young people and their communities by delivering a 16-week creative art and personal mentoring program to at least 12 children aged 10 – 12 years.
Open Water Learning Experience - Aquatic Safety Education, Whittlesea youth
The project will be based at the Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre and will involve delivering a program to teach and empower young people from low socioeconomic and/or newly arrived migrant backgrounds to use lifesaving skills.
City of Whittlesea Open Studios Arts Trail
This project will plan and deliver an 'Open-Studios' event for local artists to open their studios to the public for one weekend and showcase their art practice through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
The Human Thesis
The project will conduct workshops to design and develop an art project by which people impacted by displacement, especially refugees and asylum seekers, can express themselves with autonomy and pride.
Youth Leading Whittlesea
The project will involve working with approximately 30 young people, from local schools, and the Darebin Creek Management Committee to participate in a two-day environmental congress followed by an evening community forum where young people will present their environmental action plans to their school community, government leaders, local businesses and other interested community members.
People, places and things - sharing memories of us
The project will involve producing an exhibition at the Lalor Library during local history month accompanied by a publication. The exhibition and publication will present a local history of Lalor through everyday objects offered by children.
Beginners Cricket at THC
The project will promote, coordinate and deliver a free 13-week introductory cricket program for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
2019 Whittlesea Uke Muster
The project will deliver a one-day event which consists of four workshops for ukulele players of different abilities, from absolute beginners to advanced, a public performance and an exhibition of ukuleles handmade by members of the Whittlesea Men’s Shed.
Whittlesea Landcare Community Planting Sessions
This project will facilitate a community planting and BBQ day where Landcare members and local community will join together for a day of hands-on volunteering to rehabilitate an area of Whittlesea’s public rural landscape.
Whittlesea Walking Book Clubs
This project will deliver free, high-quality, non-traditional access to library collections via active community participation sessions hosted by an experienced health and wellbeing practitioner with a background in writing, publishing, and libraries. The project involves a series of 1.5-hour 'walking book club sessions' across the municipality, focusing on themes developed in response to the group's individual interests and priorities.