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MEDIA RELEASE - A bright future for Glenelg youth

5 June 2019

A bright future has been secured for young people in the Glenelg Shire with an innovative program announced for the region.

Glenelg Shire Council has received $75,000 to implement the Safe and Supported Program as part of the third phase of VicHealth’s Bright Futures Challenge. The funding will see the Glenelg Shire partner with mentoring municipality Cardinia Shire Council to replicate the successful Safe and Supported Program model over a 12 month period from June 2019.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank welcomed the funding announcement, citing it as a “win” for the community.

“This is fantastic news for our region with the Glenelg Shire one of only six councils across the state to share in VicHealth funding to help our young people develop the skills and connections they need to manage life’s challenges,” she said.

“Safe and Supported will help build the resilience and social connections of young LGBTI people and raise community awareness to reduce the abuse, discrimination, bullying and isolation experienced by LGBTI young people.

“The program will see the delivery of in-school and after school social support and advocacy groups, provision of online resources to enable anonymous access to support, parent education and support, events co-designed by young people and education for professionals, teachers and community members.

“It is hoped that through these initiatives, young people in the Glenelg Shire will feel safe and supported at home, school and within the wider community.”

Rather than reinventing the wheel, this funding takes a project with a proven track record and expands it to a new community, explained Acting VicHealth CEO Dr Lyn Roberts.

“Safe and Supported has shown strong promise as a vehicle for local councils to improve health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people,” Dr Roberts said.

“It’s a great example of local councils working together to support young people, so they can thrive now and into the future.

These projects are about connecting young people with each other and with their communities so they’re better prepared for life’s ups and downs.

“We’re excited to work with the Glenelg Shire to address some of the common challenges facing local young people today.”

More information about the Safe and Supported Program and associated events and activities will be released in the coming months.

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