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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP

YOUTH PROGRAMS TO TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH

Young people from both Lithgow and Oberon will receive a boost to their wellbeing with a new two year physical and mental wellbeing program being delivered by Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council.


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced $900,961 to run the program in Oberon and an additional $360,240 for Lithgow.



This project encompasses a whole of community approach to deliver physical activity, mental wellbeing, capacity and resilience building in communities by providing the following components over 2 years of the contract:


· Four 6-week & Four 4-week blocks of afterschool sports in 10 communities

· Four accreditation courses in 10 communities

· Youth led and youth driven events to provide work experience and develop skills

· Two Youth Leadership camps

· Two Community events in each of the 10 communities

· Mental Fitness workshops delivered in secondary schools in these communities

· The project strategy aims to engage residents and boost the overall wellbeing of communities



“Mental Health is important, especially in the younger generations and this program aims to tackle mental health issues our youth are facing over the next two years,” Mr Toole said.


“This is an investment in the next generation – an investment in projects and initiatives that matters to them and that will help regional youth reach their potential.


“The afterschool sport program and leadership camps will give young people something to do, something to look forward to and something to learn from.”


General Manager Kyle Myers said the funding is invaluable to the community.


“Programs like this are key factor in making a positive impact in young people lives and setting them up with the skills to deal with whatever life throws at them,” Mr Myers said.


“We are very grateful for the NSW Government and Paul Toole’s support.”


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