Program initiatives

The Grit and Resilience program is mobilising the community as we work together to build strength, courage and connection within the Rural City of Wangaratta community. 

Below is a sneak peak of what we have delivered so far. 

We've appointed four community partners!

We've recently appointed four community partners to govern the program and make sure the community is heard. Your Community Partners are:

Caz Sammon
Caz Sammon 
 Mum to three boys and a Wangaratta resident of 20 years, Caz has a strong interest in general and mental health and well-being. Caz is an engaged community member and volunteer, with extensive experience leading teams from grass roots to board level.    
John Davis John Davis
John is a recently retired Anglican Priest and has called the region home for 20 years. John provided emergency ministry at the Wangaratta evacuation centre during the 2020 bushfires and is currently the president of Voices for Indi, which encourages equality representation in government and stronger community participation. In 2019, John and his husband became the first Anglican same sex clergy couple to marry in Australia. 
Ruby Sait Ruby Sait
 Ruby is 18 year-old with a passion for journalism, completing her senior year of VCAL at GOTAFE Wangaratta. Between the age of 16 and 17 Ruby lived in Residential Care, an experience which motivated her to apply for the program.
 Chelsea Wilson Chelsea Wilson
Chelsea is an empathetic young person, passionate about mental health, advocating for others, and helping the world change. Chelsea aspires to become a social worker and to work with children, youth and families going through trauma and mental health issues. 

Mindframe training for 39 community members


We partnered with Mindframe to provide training for 39 community members. This training equipped participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to sensitively communicate about suicide using best practice guidelines.  

Hearten Up mental first aid community training

Hearten Up

We have partnered with the Hearten Up Community Program, which provides mental first aid training to people living in regional areas.

Rates of suicide are statistically higher in regional areas, and resources are often less readily available. Our funding covered overhead costs for the eLearning component of the Hearten Up Program, meaning participants were able to access this valuable training at no cost. 

Find out more about the Hearten Up Community Program.

StandBy support after suicide community training

We partnered with StandBy Support after Suicide and Connect Benalla to provide two training sessions to 103 community members across Murray PHN catchment. 

This training equipped community members with basic support skills, and increased understanding of suicide bereavement. 

Sponsored International Day of People with Disability event

International Day of People with Disability

We sponsored the online International Day of People with Disability 2020 event, which was hosted by comedian and disability advocate Oliver Hunter.

The event aimed to break down barriers, educate and increase inclusion within the Rural City of Wangaratta community. 


Watch the online event