A funding boost from Greater Bank’s September round of the #GreaterIllawarra program will assist the University of Wollongong’s Recovery Camp to offset the running costs of their therapeutic recreation camp, which supports mental health and mental health education.
For winning this month’s community vote, Recovery Camp will receive $2,000 that will go towards funding the travel and accommodation costs for participants attending the week-long recreation camp.
Recovery Camp is an outdoor, therapeutic recreation camp that provides support and recovery for people living with mental illness, as well as educational opportunities for health care students and professionals.
As a collaborative learning experience, Recovery Camp combines professional experience placement for health students with a recovery focussed experience for people living with mental illness.
Both groups learn from one another while completing a program of activities that builds connection and challenges negative stereotypes usually associated with mental illness.
Recovery Camp Director, Chris Patterson, said as a community-focused organisation every little bit of funding helps and allows them to continue to promote mental health and mental health education.
“The funding from the #GreaterIllawarra program is an enormous help and will make a huge difference to the overall running costs of our program,” he said.
“Our camps are designed as a collaborative program that focuses on conversation, community and connection and it’s great to know the community recognises the positive impact our program has on mental health and mental health education.”
“The extra funding will not only benefit participants but also the wider community. Recovery Camp is a shared experience program so our focus is on wide social impact, to many in our community, including people with mental illness, family and carers, health students, and health professionals,” Chris concluded.
Both runners-up for the September round, Northern Gymnastics Academy and APYACC Food Assistance and Healthy Eating Program will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, is thrilled to see the positive impact the #GreaterIllawarra program is having on community groups such as Recovery Camp.
“The monthly funding provided by the #GreaterIllawarra program makes such a difference to community groups, especially smaller ones that continually have to work hard throughout the year to fundraise” | Greg Creagan, Greater Bank Regional Manager.
“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the community who had their say via the public vote, and see the positive impact it will have on the Recovery Camp program.” said Mr Creagan.
“The #GreaterIllawarra program is at the heart of who we are – an organisation that cares about and is committed to supporting the communities that support us.”
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in October, with voting now open until Wednesday, 30 October. Dream Big Dancers, Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club and the Serbian Folkloric Group “Ravna Gora” are in the running to share in $3,000 in funding available this month.