Brimbank,
26
May
2015
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07:37
Australia/Melbourne

Brimbank Community Grants Showcase Celebrates Success

Summary

The Brimbank Community Grants Showcase held on the evening of 19 May 2015 at the Victorian University Convention Centre, Sunshine was a big success.

The Brimbank Community Grants Showcase held on the evening of 19 May 2015 at the Victorian University Convention Centre, Sunshine was a big success.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson offered a welcome speech to over 60 participants representing community groups and organisations that were previous grant applicants. Over a dozen community groups shared their projects, learning, and experiences.

Funding organisations such as Brimbank Community Fund, RACV, Sport and Recreation Victoria, and Victoria Multicultural Commission presented their grants information.

Attendees were delighted with the information and tips from presenters, getting to know other funding organisations, networking opportunities and just having great conversations all round!

 

Funded Brimbank Community Grants Projects

Losak Khotue Festival
The Victoria Matu Community Inc
 created the Losak Khotue Festival to bring the different Chin communities and the broader Brimbank community together. The festival held in July 2014 introduced the Chin culture and tradition to Brimbank and created a sense of pride and belonging for the Chin communities. Approximately 100-200 people attended the festival.

 

Brimbank Creative Connections 
The Song Room Inc. produced the Brimbank Creative Connections music and arts program. It engaged refugee and migrant children in English language schools and in culturally diverse primary schools. 73 students from WELS in St Albans and 30 parents participated. The program provided important musical opportunities, skills and confidence in children who have experienced displacement and loss.

 

Hand Brake Turn
Concern Australia Welfare Inc. provides this basic automotive training program to youth aged 15-19 in Melbourne's Western suburbs. HBT deals primarily with marginalised youth of different ethnic and social backgrounds.

The nine week training course covers mechanics, panel beating and spray painting. Students receiving a nationally recognised certificate upon successful completion. Students also receive help to gain work experience, apprenticeships and employment.

 

Doutta Galla Woornack Sensory Garden
Doutta Galla Aged Services developed a therapeutic sensory garden which was built, maintained and used by aged care residents, staff, relatives, Work for the Dole participants, volunteers, students and community members. It provides a living green space for fostering wellbeing and social connection.

The garden improved social engagement, cognitive function and reduced anxiety levels. It has also linked to a new community partnership with schools, community groups and volunteers.