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Below is a list of activities and events currently being delivered or supported by the Grit and Resilience Program and how to get involved. 

If you can’t see something that suits you and you would like to start your own activity to support social connection and inclusion in your community and to promote positive mental health, get in contact with us and we can help.


Community Training- May 2023

The Grit and Resilience Program are partnering with ARCVic and StandBy Support After Suicide to bring the following free training sessions to Wangaratta in May 2023.

safeTALK- Suicide alertness for everyone

3 May 2023 | 6.00pm-9:30pm | The Centre, Chisholm Street Wangaratta 

Participants will learn how to become a suicide alert helper by applying the basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe). 

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. 

safeTALK is a half day face to face workshop facilitated by ARCVic providing hands on skills practice that helps people feel confident so they can help others to stay alive. 

Book now

Support Group Facilitation Training

24-25 May 2023 | 9.00am-5.00pm both days | The Centre, Chisholm Street, Wangaratta 

Participants will learn to facilitate a support group. 

Support Group Facilitator Training is a two day, face to face training program that will be facilitated by ARCVic using the Mutual Support Self-Help model. It will cover: 

➢ Knowing and understanding the purpose of support groups 
➢ Identifying expected outcomes for group members 
➢ Establishing aims for each group meeting 
➢ Knowing the facilitator’s responsibilities 
➢ Practicing acquired facilitator skills 
 Book now

What Do I Say, What Do I Do

30 May 2023 | 6.00pm-9.30pm | The Centre, Chisholm Street, Wangaratta

Participants will learn how to support those bereaved or impacted by suicide. They will learn about different styles of grief, and ways to be supportive after someone has lost a loved one to suicide. 

What Do I Say, What Do I Do is a face to face workshop that will increase your understanding of suicide bereavement and learn basic support skills facilitated by Standby Support After Suicide, Murray. 

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Heartbeat #7- Showcase, Celebrate, Evolve- 7 June 2023

Join the Grit and Resilience Program team as we showcase the amazing feats and celebrate the outcomes achieved by the Grit and Resilience Program over the last few years. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to learn how you can become involved as we evolve into the future.

There will be food, music and guest speakers including the incredible Kerrie Hicks from Gritential Coaching, who is committed to empowering people to harness their grit, realise their potential and live their lives to the fullest.

Entry is free but bookings are essential, book your spot below

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For more information contact the Grit and Resilience Program team gritandresilience@wangaratta.vic.gov.au

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Winter Solstice 21 June 2023 - Free Bus to Albury

On the longest night of the year, Survivors of Suicide & Friends hosts an event to bring together the community in commemoration of those who have died by suicide. Held annually in Albury on June 21, the Winter Solstice is a free event for all. 

The Grit and Resilience Program have arranged a free bus transfer service for residents of the Rural City of Wangaratta to attend the event, to share in the experience with others whose lives have been touched by suicide, or in support of friends and loved ones.

Departs: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 5.00PM

Returns: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 9.00PM

To book your spot click the button below or email: gritandresilience@wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Book now


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Blokes Time Out

Blokes Time Out are a group of blokes from across the Wangaratta area who get together once a month to do something social. 

They arrange different activities depending on the interests of the group, it could be recreational activities such as a fishing day, darts or pool competition, a BBQ catch-up or going to listen to live music at a local venue. 

The group is open to anyone over the age of 18. 

How to get involved

If you live in the Wangaratta LGA and this sounds like something you’d be keen on, get in touch with Tim on 0401 768 258 or send an email to gritandresilience@wangaratta.vic.gov.au and we'll help get you connected. 

More Information 

Book Circles

The Book Circles social group get together once a month. Members read a book they enjoy then talk about it with the group. This is a small friendly group sharing a love of books and reading. No politics or religion. 

How to get involved 

The group meet the second Wednesday of every month from 10am at Bertsy and Co. in Wangaratta. Registration is essential, contact Pauline on  pauline.moncrieff@gmail.com



Wangaratta Area Suicide Prevention (WASP)

WASP brings together like minded members of the community and the service network to proactively work towards reducing mental health and suicide stigma across Wangaratta area.

The group aims to do this within the Rural City of Wangaratta by: 

  • organising supportive, inclusive and safe events across Wangaratta and surrounds to bring people together 

  • providing education and training for our community around suicide awareness  

  • running a peer support group for those bereaved by suicide in the Wangaratta community


How to Get Involved 

WASP meet on the third Monday of every month. Registration is essential, to register email wangareasuicideprevention@gmail.com


WASP Support Group - for those Bereaved by Suicide

Wangaratta Area Suicide Prevention (WASP) run a peer support group in Wangaratta for those bereaved by suicide. The group is supported by trained facilitators and provides a safe space for people to share their experience without stigma or judgement. 

There are two meeting times (morning and evening) to choose from, both groups meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

  • Teal Group: 9:30-11am, Wangaratta Library 
  • Purple Group: 7-8:30pm, Wangaratta Library

More Information 

Registration is not required. All who have lost a loved one to suicide are welcome.

For more information see the poster and brochure below or get in touch with WASP

LGBTQIA+ Family & Friends Support Group

This new supportive and welcoming group for parents, families and carers of trans and gender diverse people is all about connection, support and education. 

This is a friendly, social group for people to connect and share experiences over a bite to eat.  

The group meet on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30pm in Wangaratta (varied locations).

More Information 

If you would like to attend or want to know more, email us for details. 


Wangaratta Board Games Club

Board games are a fun, social hobby that people of all ages and from all backgrounds can enjoy.

Playing games is a great way to meet people and make friends through common interest… Sometimes the best part is the conversation that happens over game play.

The Wangaratta Board Games Club meet on the second Saturday of the month from 10am–12pm at the Wangaratta Library and every third Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm-7.30pm at The Centre- 17 Chisholm Street.

How to Get Involved

There is no need to register just get along and give it a go. You can also connect with the Club via Facebook.

More Information






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