Last updated: 20 Mar, 2019

Local councils are encouraged to apply for a share of $480,000 in funding as part of the next phase of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Bright Futures Challenge.

The Challenge responds to the need to build social connection and wellbeing in young people so they - and their communities - can thrive into the future, explains VicHealth Acting CEO Dr Lyn Roberts.

“We know today’s young people will face unique challenges in the next 20 years and beyond. This funding is all about preparing young people today so they have the life skills they need to manage life’s ups and downs into the future,” Dr Roberts said.

The Bright Futures Challenge, now in its third phase, addresses the upcoming trends that will impact the mental wellbeing of young Victorians over the next 20 years identified in VicHealth and CSIRO’sBright Futures report.

“Over the three years we’ve run this Challenge we’ve learnt a lot about what works. So for this third phase we’ve selected the four most promising projects, and worked with the councils who originally developed them and signed them up as mentor councils.

“We’re now asking other local councils to apply to deliver one or more of these Bright Futures projects in their local communities.”

Successful councils will receive funding of at least $75,000, and be partnered with a ‘mentor council’ to work together to roll-out the project in their local communities.

The four projects on offer are:

  • Bandmates Victoria – originally developed by Maribyrnong City Council
  • Young Women’s Leadership Program – originally developed by Monash City Council
  • We Know Your Name But Not Your Story – originally developed by Corangamite City Council
  • Safe and Supported – originally developed by Cardinia Shire Council

“Our approach for this round is to scale up what we know works. These four projects have had an incredibly positive impact in their original communities, and we’re excited to see these benefits amplified in other communities across Victoria,” Dr Roberts said.

The Bright Futures Challenge will help VicHealth move towards it’s aim to see 200,000 more Victorians with a greater level of resilience and connectedness by 2023.

Local councils are encouraged to submit their applications by 12 noon Thursday 18 April 2019. More information can be found at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/brightfutures

 

Project details

BandMates Victoria – originally developed by Maribyrnong City Council

  • BandMates Victoria matches people with disability and/or mental health conditions with trained community volunteers to see live music at venues and festivals across Victoria.
  • Bandmates Victoria provides training to volunteers to support their involvement in the program. It also provides professional development and capacity-building for staff at music venues and festivals to ensure everyone’s experience out and about is inclusive and enjoyable.

 

Young Women’s Leadership Program – originally developed by Monash City Council

  • The Young Women’s Leadership Program increases young women’s skills, confidence and leadership opportunities in a peer learning environment. Specifically, the program identifies and addresses barriers to women accessing leadership opportunities, supports participants to understand their strengths and skill sets, and provides information about financial literacy, public speaking, networking, and leadership. It also addresses themes of violence against women and respectful relationships.

 

We Know Your Name But Not Your Story – originally developed by Corangamite City Council

  • Knowing someone's story can decrease assumptions and judgements, and increase the likelihood of making meaningful social connections. This project works with and equips young people with the skills to develop digital and media stories about connecting with people in their community.

 

Safe and Supported – originally developed by Cardinia Shire Council

  • The Safe and Supported program builds the resilience and social connections of young LGBTI people, and raises awareness in organisations in order to reduce the abuse, discrimination, bullying and isolation experienced by LGBTI young people. The program seeks to ensure young people will feel safe and supported at home, school and within the wider community by delivering a range of initiatives and engaging young people to guide those strategies.

Media Contact:

Rachel Murphy, VicHealth Senior Media Advisor on 03 9667 1319, 0435 761 732 or  rmurphy@vichealth.vic.gov.au