Fearless Fox Training, a not-for-profit consent education provider, is among the latest batch of successful projects announced for Bathurst under the NSW Government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery initiative.
Fearless Fox’s program supported by a $43,675 grant from the NSW Government will provide positive peer culture training to more than 750 young people and more than 500 of their parents, carers and supporters in the Bathurst community.
Information and skills building sessions will be run with youth in the community, with merchandise and prizes being on offer to encourage attendance. Priority target sectors of the community are community sporting clubs, youth groups, schools and any other organisations interacting with 14-21-year-olds in our community.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP said the projects will help support recovery and boost resilience for young people in the region following the impacts of natural disasters and COVID-19.
“I’m thrilled to announce support for these projects that will help young people in our community bounce back stronger than ever in the wake of COVID-19 disruptions and natural disasters,” Mr Toole said.
“Projects like Fearless Fox’s consent education is a great example of how we can help young people recover, build resilience and improve wellbeing by providing them with the tools and resources they need to become the best version of themselves.”
Isabel Fox, who proudly started Fearless Fox in Bathurst and continues to be based here said the funding will help to deliver some important messaging to young people and the adults in their lives.
“We hear a lot about consent and the need for consent education in the media, but most families are confused or worried about how to have these conversations. That’s where we come in!” Ms Fox said.
“We love talking about consent because we see the positive impact our programs have in the community by giving our young people the skills to make healthy choices for themselves and their friends.”
Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the $10.3 million Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative offers large grants between $10,000 and $50,000 and small grants for up to $10,000.
“The large grants fund projects such as community events, peer support groups, cultural connection or partnership programs, while small grants are to enable initiatives like sporting programs and barbecues,” Mr Franklin said.
“Our Regional Youth Community Coordinators will help connect young people with the projects that best support their wellbeing and recovery and foster resilience and connection.”
The Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative is funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the co-funded NSW and Australian Governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.