Supporting our community in 2020

GMHBA is proud to partner with a number of organisations to support the health and wellbeing of our local communities, with a particular focus on physical activity, mental health, nutrition and engagement.

As 2020 draws to a close, let’s look back on the community partnerships GMHBA has supported throughout the year, and how you too, can get involved.

Active Geelong

Active Geelong is on a mission to make Geelong Australia’s most active region, by inspiring and empowering community members to move more.

GMHBA is excited to partner with Active Geelong to improve the physical activity levels of our local community. Active Geelong's vision is to get Geelong moving with the ‘movement movement’ to make Geelong Australia's most active city.

This partnership aligns with GMHBA’s purpose to support and empower our communities to lead healthier lives.

Physical activity can help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety, hypertension, obesity and certain cancers including colon and breast.

You can get involved with Active Geelong by registering to be a movement champion on their website and committing to move a little more each day. There’s also plenty of useful resources to explore.

Read the Play

One in four young people between the ages of 15 – 24 will experience a mental health problem in any 12-month period and 75 per cent of mental illnesses first occurs in people aged 15 to 24.

Despite these statistics, only one in four young people with a mental health issue will receive professional help.

Read the Play is a mental health literacy program designed for junior levels of sports clubs. It imparts information about mental illness through engaging the young players in fun and interactive games, thereby helping to remove the stigma and increase help seeking behaviour.

It aims to raise awareness of health issues amongst young people and guide them to the relevant support services.

During 2020, GMHBA supported Read the Play and the development of an online learning management system for player wellbeing officers, as well as the development of resources to promote amongst local sporting clubs.

You can support Read the Play and keep up to date with their work by following them on Facebook and Instagram.  

Give Where You Live Foundation

Give Where You Live is GMHBA’s workplace giving partner. Workplace giving is a small regular donation taken from employees’ pay. It’s a simple and really effective way to make a real difference to the lives of people living with the effects of disadvantage in the community.

Over the last financial year, GMHBA employees contributed over $36,000 to the Give Where You Live Foundation.

Since 1954, the foundation has been working together with partners to build better communities by delivering our won programs and providing grants to partner organisations working to deliver programs to address the effects of disadvantage on our community’s most vulnerable people.

Support Give Where You Live and their Christmas appeal.

Christ Church Community Meals Program

Throughout the year, Christ Church provides free breakfast seven days a week and an evening meal every Monday and Wednesday as part of their Community Meals Program. This well-known program is a respected contribution to welfare in Geelong.

Meal guests come from a range of backgrounds and those who come for a meal are welcomed regardless of their circumstances. For some, the meal at Christ Church may be their main meal of the day and for others it is their only meal.

This program is run entirely by volunteers, sometimes with the assistance of students from different local schools.

GMHBA has had a long association with the Christ Church Community Meals program, providing vegetables for the evening meals from the former head office community harvest garden. During COVID-19 with the move to working from home, GMHBA diverted our weekly staff fruit delivery to Christ Church to support their meal guests with a supply of fresh fruit.

If you would like to support Christ Church Community Meals Program, email enquiries@christchurchgeelong.org.

Healthy Heroes

The Healthy Heroes program is a joint initiative of GMHBA and Geelong Cats that aims to empower young people to make good choices about their health and wellbeing. The one-hour program is designed specifically for Grade 3 and 4 students, with a focus on nutrition, water, exercise and screen time.

Whilst we couldn’t visit schools in person throughout 2020, we were able to share plenty of great resources and activities for students, schools and families alike. Some of these resources included:

  • The Healthy Heroes recipe e-book has plenty of snack ideas that the kids can make themselves! These recipes will have even the fussiest eaters munching on veggies.
  • Mindful moments are a collection of bite-size activities to help kids remain calm and focused. They’re great for adults too!
  • Brain breaks are fun activities to get kids moving in between learning.

Geelong Connected Communities

Geelong Connected Communities is a community company established for the benefit of every Geelong resident.

With financial support from partners, sponsors and supporters including GMHBA, Geelong Connected Communities coordinates and administers a 24/7 grants program supporting organisations throughout the Geelong region with resources to deliver better services, support and experiences for the people of Geelong.