New funding responds to health needs in Ripon

Three local organisations in Ripon will share in $16,000 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.

Asteria Services, the Maryborough Toy Library, and the Mount Prospect & District Tennis Association are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to construct a productive community garden, remove barriers to participating in sport, and purchase new toys.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, said the funding will support those in the community who need it most.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Ms Staley said.

“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of Ripon and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.

“These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in Ripon include:

  • Asteria Services, Maryborough - $10,000
  • Maryborough Toy Library - $3,000
  • Mt Prospect & District Tennis Association, Creswick - $3,000

For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.