Five projects in Monash have been given the green light for funding under the Pick My Project program.
The five projects are:
· Community Robotics Lab – Oakleigh South Primary School ($200,000)
· Supporting Youth Mental Health – Youth Mental Health First Aid ($200,000)
· Community fitness stations and running track – Mt View Primary School ($198,000)
· Health and Wellbeing Dance Classes – Life Gate Church Waverley Rd ($20,000)
· Monash Community Harvest – The Corner Store Network ($70,000).
More than 40 community groups applied for a share of the $30 million in funding available from the State Government for sporting and recreation infrastructure upgrades, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities, social initiatives and the local environment.
The community was then asked to vote on the projects it wanted to see funded.
The Community Robotics Lab at Oakleigh South Primary School received the highest votes at 430 to establish a dedicated room at the school to facilitate innovative learning of technology that will be available to the community. Using the power of robotics, specialised educators, teachers and community volunteers will deliver weekend, afterschool and holiday workshops to:
• Kickstart a passion for robotics and learning technology for life
• Empower parents learning cybersecurity and skills to support children’s digital learning
• Boost teaching staff with skills to deliver digital technologies curriculum
• Inspire and educate next generation of technology leaders and learners from our community.
The Mental Health First Aid course project received 425 votes from the community. This is a joint Glen Waverley Rotary Club and Monash Council initiative to teach Mental Health First Aid courses to secondary colleges and community groups in Monash.
The Youth MHFA course is designed for adults who interact with adolescents, it enables responsible adults to recognise and respond to mental health problems, refer a young person to professional help if needed and provide ongoing support.
The teen MHFA course is a shorter and less intense course designed to help young people recognise when their when their friends are in need of help.
Positive mental health has a direct correlation to a range of social, economic and personal benefits such as inclusion, reduced isolation, maintained attendance and success in education, increased civic participation, as well as greater successes in maintaining employment and productivity. Young people with positive mental health can reduce the burden of disease and contribute to the vibrancy and connection of the whole community.
The MHFA courses helps community members to identify mental health problems early and assist young people to seek help and increase the outcome of maintaining positive mental health.
A project to construct community fitness stations around the Mount View Primary School oval received 332 votes. The oval is used for football, cricket and other community activities out of school hours and the fitness stations will encourage the local community to use the facility to improve their health and well-being and as a way for the local community to connect with each other.
A gentle dance and exercise movement for all ages Praise Dance received 297 votes. The project, run by Lifegate Church of Christ, features a range of dance styles with lyrics to Bible passages. The program offers a holistic approach to health and well-being and the benefits of belonging to a community group.
Monash Community Harvest (MCH) received 263 votes for its community-led initiative to find residents within the Monash area who have fruit trees and vegetable gardens that are growing an abundance of produce, of which a high percentage goes to waste.
Residents register to have produce harvested and picked up from their residence by a volunteer of MCH with the harvest then delivered to MCH HQ in Oakleigh.
A portion of the produce will be preserved at community preserving days/workshops before a fortnightly market harvest/shop day, where registered residents can attend & take home a mix of fresh produce as well as various preserves.