VicHealth is partnering with community groups and organisations across Victoria to give to 180 local ideas a JumpStart! in creating vibrant, active and connected communities of
JumpStart! is a VicHealth initiative focused on building healthier communities through community sport, active play, art and food programs. It’s part of VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative – a $45 million investment over 3 years helping Victoria’s young people aged 0-25 and their families to build back better and fairer.
VicHealth’s Executive Manager Future Healthy Group, Sarah Loh, said the exciting programs will support children, teens, young people and their families to reach their full
“JumpStart! offers new activities for around 68,000 children and young people across Victoria,” Ms Loh said.
“We can’t wait to see these programs comes to life over the next 12 months.
As part of JumpStart! Round 2, local organisations across the state will share in more than $3.5 million to build communities that support the health of young people.
The Nationals Member for Shepparton, Kim O’Keeffe, was delighted to reveal on Monday morning at Rumbalara Football Netball Club two JumpStart! ideas in the region:
- Academy of Health Sport and Education (ASHE) – ASHEfest
- Valley Sport – Inclusive Coaching Workshops & Pre Introductory Sport Program for Children with ASD
“These fantastic programs that have been identified and recognised by VicHealth through their JumpStart! initiative in our region just shows how they tailor to needs of improving the health and wellbeing of young people in our region,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
“Not only do I encourage young people in our region but also I encourage their families to have a look at what’s on offer in our community as these programs are a great
opportunity to learn new skills but most importantly make some new friends.”
Both Academy of Health Sport and Education (ASHE) and Valley Sport have received $40,000 in funding under VicHealth’s JumpStart! initiative in order to create a more vibrant, active and connected community of young people in the Shepparton region.
ASHEfest is a 3-day festival celebrating Indigenous culture. The event is led by the students of the Academy of Sport, Health and Education will be delivered to primary and secondary schools in the Shepparton region. Primary School students will rotate through a variety of activities ranging from traditional Indigenous games, dances, arts and crafts, language, storytelling and artifact demonstration. Secondary school students will
participate in Indigenous games, competing against other schools.
Valley Sport will deliver inclusive coaching workshops to local coaching volunteers and staff. This will coincide with an introductory program for kids on the Autism Spectrum aged 5-12. The new program will support kids to be introduced to the sport in a way that suits their needs, with an aim to transition into ongoing participation.