nib foundation

The health and wellbeing projects of the charities supported by nib foundation’s 2017 community grant program centre on improving resilience, social connectedness, physical activity and mental wellbeing.

These innovative projects range from surf therapy to address mental health issues, a gardening and nutrition program run by a trained horticulture therapist for young people between 5 and 17, and a mindfulness-based meditation program to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous people living in remote communities in NT, SA and WA.

nib foundation Executive Officer, Amy Tribe, said that the chosen charity partners shared the foundation’s common focus of delivering unique initiatives that tackle the health challenges facing youth and carers today.

“We’ve selected partners who take an innovative approach to delivering targeted and age appropriate health prevention and intervention programs for at-risk individuals to improve their physical, mental and social health and wellbeing,” Tribe said.

“Through participation in these programs, youth and carers will be given the opportunity to learn how to use innovative technology, nature’s playground and reliable health information and education to help address their personal health challenges.”

Beneficiaries of this year’s community grant program include:

  • Arthritis Queensland (QLD)
  • Australian Trust For Conservation Volunteers (Hunter, NSW)
  • Camp Quality (NSW/ACT)
  • Diabetes NSW & ACT (NSW/ACT)
  • Family Planning NSW (NSW)
  • NPY Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (NT/SA/WA)
  • Penrith Women’s Health Centre (NSW)
  • Sylvanvale Foundation (NSW)
  • Waves of Wellness Foundation (Port Stephens, NSW)
  • Youth Off The Streets (NSW)

“We’ve been giving since 2009, committing nearly $16 million in grant funding to more than 105 partners. Yet, it never ceases to amaze us to see the breadth and depth of charitable work being undertaken by wonderful organisations across Australia,” Tribe said.

“We are proud to be able to help these charities bring these projects to fruition and in turn help thousands of people to live healthier and happier lives.”

Further details about the 2017 community partners and the programs they will deliver can be found here.