Funding posts a difference

(L-R) Live4life team Bridie Jonstone, Mina Beverley, Talon Gostelow, Jeannie Hibbins from Australia Post and Live4life chief executive Bernard Galbally (Damjan Janevski). 406647_01

Zoe Moffatt

Live4Life has joined more than 150 grassroots community and not-for-profit groups to receive up to $2000 in funding through Australia Posts annual People of Post grants.

Woodend-based Live4Life is a registered health promotion charity, which brings together rural and regional communities to improve youth mental health and wellbeing and reduce suicide.

The grant will help Live4Life run this year’s crew camp in central Victoria, giving members an opportunity to build their confidence, deepen their mental health knowledge and learn the skills they need to become true leaders.

Kyneton Post Office postal service officer Jeannie Hibbins nominated Live4Life, for aligning to one of Australia Post’s community strategic focus areas of mental health.

“I nominated Live4Life because of their tireless work and invaluable service supporting youth mental health across the region,” Ms Hibbins said.

“It’s an opportunity to support the wonderful team at Live4Life and the very important work that they do.”

Live4Life chief executive Bernard Galbally thanked the Australia Post team, especially Ms Hibbins, for the grant that will bring young people from different communities together at crew camp.

“This support will help Live4Life crew members develop their skills as Mental Health Ambassadors,” he said.

“[These are] crucial skills that they take back to share with young people in their communities,”

Australia Post has awarded local Victorian community groups 47 grants as part of the program, with the majority of projects focusing on mental health, to help foster community connection, resilience and awareness.

Australia Post general manager of community and stakeholder engagement Nicky Tracey said the seventh year of the program would help local organisations continue to make a positive impact.

“At the heart of this initiative is Australia Post team members, who witness first-hand the incredible work community groups do every day across Australia,” she said.

“We also know community groups are pivotal in fostering a sense of belonging and making a positive difference to individuals every day.

“[This] is particularly important at a time where one in seven Australians experience social isolation and loneliness.”