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$234,249 grant to strengthen North East families

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated The Centre for Continuing Education in Wangaratta for its outstanding work to support and strengthen families across North East Victoria.

The Centre will receive $234,249 from the Federal Government under the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity (SARC) – Inclusive Communities grants to deliver its Strengthening Family Connections Programme in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Benalla.

"These grants are directed to community organisations, enabling them to build cohesive and harmonious communities," Ms McGowan said.

"I am delighted that The Centre will have the opportunity to realise its North East Victoria Strengthening Family Connections Programme. It will partner with Gateway Health and Barwon Child Youth and Family to deliver group sessions across the North East.

"Chief executive officer Felicity Williams and her team have worked hard to develop a programme that takes a grassroots approach to support individuals and families. I look forward to learning more about Strengthening Family Connections as it gets underway."

Quotes attributable to Felicity Williams, CEO of The Centre

"There is a traditional African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Strengthening Family Connections is a holistic programme that lies in the spirit of that saying. It brings together families facing challenges and dysfunction within a community of support and connections to build resilience and hope. The purpose of this programme is to support families to be empowered to re-shape the ways they communicate and relate to each other."

"The Centre is very pleased to be partnering with Gateway Health and Barwon Child Youth and Family (who are our licensing partner) to bring this programme to Wodonga, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Benalla. The funding will enable us to deliver nine group sessions over the next three years. Strengthening Family Connections is managed and coordinated by The Centre’s Learner Engagement Team, led by Alex Adorni-Dickson."

"We will be working closely with many local partners including maternal child and health centres, schools and community health to identify suitable families to participate in Strengthening Family Connections."

"We wish to thank the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Dan Tehan MP for providing this very important funding to local, grassroots-connected agencies, recognising our ability to truly understand what our local communities need."

CEO of the Centre, Felicity Williams is available for further comment on 03 57210200.


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