Brimbank City Council has won the Diversity and Inclusion Award for the Brimbank Kitchen Challenge project at the 2018 LGPro Awards for Excellence.
The Brimbank Kitchen Challenge project, delivered in partnership with Miele and Foodworks, is a 8-week program to help Carers in Brimbank develop skills that can assist them in gaining meaningful employment.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council is thrilled to see the work of Council and its local community further recognised with this Award.
“The LGPro Awards for Excellence promote and celebrate the outstanding work being undertaken and delivered in local government in Victoria.
“The Brimbank Kitchen Challenge has brought many benefits to the community by addressing the health and wellbeing of Carers in Brimbank and helping to break down various employment barriers.
“This project has been an outstanding demonstration of public and private sector working together, including working with the famous Cotswold Michelin Hat Chef, Rob Rees to address the needs of Carers in the community.
“Drawing on experts including chefs, teachers, health and well-being coaches, nutritionists, and bee keepers, Carers were offered coping techniques and support throughout the program.
“We’re extremely happy with how well the Brimbank Kitchen Challenge project was received by the community and embraced by local businesses, with some participants now gainfully employed or actively seeking employment,” Cr Giudice said.
More than 13% of Victorians are Carers with many likely to be disadvantaged in the areas of health and safety, work, leisure, financial security and social connectedness.
LGPro is the peak body for all Local Government professionals in Victoria.