Resilience and mental wellbeing will remain a major focus for students across Ararat Rural City in 2021, thanks to funding from three local organisations.
Ararat Community Enterprise (ACE), Mellow in the Yellow and Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership (PCP) have thrown their support behind the second year of Resilient Ararat, ensuring the 10 participating schools can continue to implement The Resilience Project curriculum.
For the second consecutive year, Mellow in the Yellow will purchase curriculum resources for all of Resilient Ararat’s rural schools, while ACE has again committed $10,000 to the project.
Central Grampians LLEN Acting Executive Officer, Jane Moriarty, said an additional $10,000 from Grampians Pyrenees PCP would ensure the continued success of the project in 2021.
“We can’t express how grateful we are to have three major sponsors sign on for the second phase of the Resilient Ararat project,” she said.
“When the initiative was implemented early last year, we could never have imagined just how timely it would be,” she said.
“Following our visit from the Resilience Project in 2020, Covid restrictions kicked in and the practices of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness that we learnt about during the sessions became all the more important.”
Ms Moriarty said while the global pandemic impacted many of the events Resilient Ararat had planned for last year, the group was able to quickly adapt to an online format.
“Ultimately, we feel like the first year of Resilient Ararat was even more successful as a result of Covid. It really allowed us to tailor our activities to suit the ever-changing mental health needs of our community,” she said.
“At a time when many people were feeling isolated, anxious and uncertain, we were able to provide them with resources that helped them to focus on their wellbeing.”
Ms Moriary said the feedback Resilient Ararat had received during its first year had been overwhelmingly positive.
“We can’t thank the community enough for how they embraced the project,” she said.
“We had a fantastic response to our Wellbeing Webinar Series which was co-hosted by local presenters and we were inundated with lovely messages during the #beanresilient coffee cup campaign which helped people understand the benefits of practicing gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.
“Our younger residents enjoyed our art activities which encouraged them to get creative during lockdown. Kindness in the Mail helped connect youngsters with isolated aged care residents, while the Rainbow Wall Challenge allowed them to spread joy and positivity by submitting rainbow artwork to decorate the blank windows at the CGLLEN office.”
Ms Moriarty said the support of ACE, Mellow in The Yellow and Grampians Pyrenees PCP would allow Resilient Ararat to deliver more community projects in 2021.
“This year we have many more exciting things planned, including working with our schools to develop a resilience art trail and delivering mental health first aid workshops throughout the community,” she said.
Ararat Community Entreprise ( ACE ) Chairperson Max Perovich:
“This year will see the continuation of support from ACE as we feel that it is such an amazing community intiative that serves every sector of the community,” Mr Perovich said.
“Moving forward ,this year will provide a great opportuniuty for the Resilience Ararat Project to continue to shine and build on the strength of the great programs it offers.”
Mellow in the Yellow committee member Mick Morgan:
“Providing resources to Ararat’s rural schools fits well with our goal of supporting the health and wellbeing of farming families and their communities,” Mr Morgan said.
“We are pleased we are still in the position to support this fantastic initiative with last year’s Mellow In The Yellow event not occurring.”
Grampians Pyrenees PCP Executive Officer Suzannah Burton:
“We’ve seen Ararat embrace the activities and initiatives of Resilient Ararat over the past year and know that the impact for community, particularly during COVID has been significant. GPPCP looks forward to working with Resilient Ararat to continue to support and build community throughout 2021,” Ms Burton said.