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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.

 

Winter Solstice 21 June 2022 - Group Bus

On the longest night of the year, Survivors of Suicide & Friends hosts an event to bring together our community in commemoration of those who have died by suicide. With exceptional speakers and heart-warming performances, it’s a night to remember and reflect, and to cherish those we love in our lives.

Held annually in Albury on June 21, the Winter Solstice is a free event for all.

The Grit and Resilience Program is arranging a free bus transfer service for residents of the Rural City of Wangaratta who would like 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.

The bus will have three pick up and drop off locations; Glenrowan, Wangaratta and Springhurst. 

Click here to book your seat. 

More Information

In 2020 the Grit and Resilience Program partnered with the Youth Council to develop an edited excerpt of the documentary “Solstice”. This also included advertising the online Winter Solstice for 2020.

Watch the Video

 

 

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  03) 8596 0427 or mobile 0400 328 613. 

 

 

Wangaratta Sketch Group

The Wangaratta Sketch Group are a social group that get together fortnightly on Sundays, including an outing once a month to explore amazing places across the Rural City of Wangaratta.   

The group is about people enjoying the relaxation of sketching their surroundings, meeting new people, making friends, and going on adventures. 

How to Join

You don't need to know how to sketch or draw, absolutely anyone over the age of 18 can join.  If you’re interested in joining, email us or connect with the Sketch Group on Facebook. The group meeting dates are available in the calendar below.  

More Information 

Wangaratta Art Group

Being involved in art can have many self-care benefits, it is a wonderful way to meet other people and give creative outlet to your experiences.  

The Wangaratta Art Group is a friendly group that gets together weekly and creates works of art in a spacious and welcoming environment. You don’t need to be an artist or have any experience in creating art, just a desire to connect with others and a willingness to give it a go. 

The group is open to anyone aged 18 and over. 

How to Join 

The group meet every Tuesday from 10am at Yarrunga Scout Hall, equipment such as easels are provided.   

Email us or call Michael on 0432 991 055 for more information. 

More Information 

 

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 Thursday of every month at the Wangaratta Library. Registration is essential, to register email wangareasuicideprevention@gmail.com

 

Project 365 - U Can Cry

Project 365 is a group of community members who have all been impacted by mental health or suicide, either through their own experience, or by supporting others on their journey. 

The group share a love of music and are talented musicians who play a variety of instruments. These members have formed a band, called “U Can Cry”, with the intent of practicing their songs for 365 days. Each group member has chosen a song that is meaningful to them and meet once a month to rehearse. 

The group will come together to perform a concert for the wider community at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre on 7 and 8 May 2022. 

Proceeds raised from the performance will be donated to the Into Our Hands Foundation. Into Our Hands invests in projects and initiatives aimed at building the capacity, strength, cohesiveness and wellbeing of communities across North East Victoria.

How to Get Involved

You can purchase tickets to see the band in action or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

 

 

Grit and Resilience Art Gallery Exhibition April-June 2022

The Grit and Resilience Art Gallery, will be located within the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre from April – June 2022.

The gallery will launch on Friday 1 April with an unveiling of the opening community art piece, ‘this is us’. The Art is in our Heart workshops will also be released as part of the launch for community members to sign-up.

The art pieces created from the workshops will be on display in the gallery between April and June. 

How to Get Involved

The gallery exhibition is free to attend - bookings are not required. 

More Information

Grit and Resilience Heartbeats

Under the Heartbeat Framework, the Grit and Resilience team come together with the community every three months to talk about what’s happening with the program activities and how to get involved.

The Heartbeat Framework was presented to the community in November 2020. It is the Framework for how the Grit and Resilience Program will support the community to deliver activities that aim to improve community connection and inclusion, and to strengthen community support for positive mental health and wellbeing.   

So far, the Program has held three Heartbeat events since June 2021. The next Heartbeat is scheduled to occur in May 2022, details are yet to be announced.