Homes North Gunnedah, Moree receive grant for 'Share the Journey' program

Homes North's client relations officer Kaitlin Smith will be working with the ladies in the Share Your Journey program. Photo: Jessica Worboys

Homes North's client relations officer Kaitlin Smith will be working with the ladies in the Share Your Journey program. Photo: Jessica Worboys

A funding grant is set to help Homes North deliver a specially designed program for local Aboriginal women to share their experiences in life.

The organisation received an $8,800 grant from Australia Post's 2020 Community Grants Program, which will be used for its 'Share the Journey' project being run in Gunnedah and Moree.

The series of workshops will start in November, and supports regional Aboriginal women in sharing their journey and building community connections.

The program helps participants develop mental health and well-being skills and create positive links with local services.

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Jodie Ryan, from Homes North's service improvement and partnership unit, said the course would last six weeks, with each week covering something different, like self-esteem, cooking, financial literacy, safety, and more.

"The course is focused on highly practical skills and in addition to that there'll be a trained facilitator there as well as Homes North staff and that's about encouraging women to share their journey," Ms Ryan said.

"When women sit down with other women, overtime they begin to open up about experiences they've had. It's about mental health and connection."

She said a small pilot course had been run last year, which was "really well received and it was requested by the community that we run that again".

"Women who attended the pilot program, a year on, they still feel that the connections were positive and were still using the practical skills," she said.

"Last year the women were slightly older, this year we're targeting younger women but there will be a spread of ages."

Australia Post executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said she was proud to be awarding these funds during what had been an incredibly challenging year for communities across Australia.

"We know when we connect, we feel better," Ms Sheffield said.

"The projects will help to increase community awareness and understanding of mental health and how to stay mentally well, and strengthen connections to mental health support services."

Homes North is one of 79 community organisations across the country to receive a 2020 Australia Post Community Grant of up to $10,000.

More than $500,000 in total will be awarded to not-for-profit community organisations across Australia, with the majority of recipients in rural and regional areas.

The full list of Australia Post's 2020 Community Grants recipients and more information about the grants program is available at http://www.auspost.com.au/grants

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