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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.


The Grit and Resilience Festival - 10 October 2022


The Grit and Resilience Festival

We all recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing, and that when we feel connected within our communities and to each other we are more resilient and better able to respond to the challenges of life as they arise.  

That’s why this World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October, the Grit and Resilience Program have partnered with Mind Australia and the Centre Against Violence to host the Grit and Resilience festival for Wangaratta.  

After the turmoil of the last couple of years, there has never been a better time to reconnect, to learn about the supports that are here in our community, to take some time for selfcare and to have some fun.      

This is a free, family friendly event. There’ll be fun interactive activities to participate in along with a range of mental health and wellbeing focused stallholders.  

Join us to connect and share in a bit of wellbeing focused frivolity.

Festival Details

Date: 10 October 2022 

Time: 4pm – 6pm  

Location: King George Gardens, Wangaratta 

Cost: FREE





Art is in Our Heart - Inclusive Art Workshops

A second round of the Art is in our Heart free community workshops will be provided for the Rural City of Wangaratta community starting from July.  

This follows the highly successful inclusive art workshops delivered between April and June. The Wangaratta Library have partnered with the Art is in our Heart group and the Grit and Resilience Program to extend the series of workshops for a further three months.  

There will be 12 workshops delivered between July and September covering a broad range of creative experiences for people to try including working with paint, photography, lino cut printing, mindfulness, and food-based workshops.  

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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. 

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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 Sketch Group

 The Wangaratta Sketch Group is a social group that typically 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.

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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


WASP Support Group - for those Bereaved by Suicide

Wangaratta Area Suicide Prevention (WASP) have started 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. 

From Wednesday 27 July 2022, there are two meeting times (morning and evening) to choose from. Both groups meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month, meeting times are below. 

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

More Information 

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