KernART PARTNERS WITH BASS COAST HEALTH TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL KIDS

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Wednesday 30 May 2018





 

KernART PARTNERS WITH BASS COAST HEALTH TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL KIDS


Local Kernot artists, KernART, recently raised $4,000 for Bass Coast Health (BCH) to support local children from families coping with mental illness, ensuring they don’t miss out on all the opportunities that life can offer.

 

The money was raised from the sale of fabulous artworks donated by both experienced and ‘upcoming’ artists as part of their recent KernART Prize competition. The major prize was sponsored by the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN).

The funds raised by the KernART Prize will enable BCH to purchase items and provide engaging activities that are otherwise difficult to access for local children in need of support, as identified by BCH’s clinicians.

Whilst therapy and support is beneficial to youth, it is recognised that these benefits are greater if they are used in conjunction with meaningful connection to an activity and/or community. 

Activities will be tailored to each child’s individual needs, such as helping them join a sporting club or provide dance lessons and art supplies, anything that might help their family through difficult times.

Contemporary research into parental mental illness, underpinning the Victorian Government’s strategy Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness Victorian Government (FaPMI), highlights the need for supporting the whole family through recovery.  It identifies that parental mental illness has a strong correlation with poverty and social alienation.

BCH Executive Director of Sub-Acute and Community Care, Paul Greenhalgh said BCH was very grateful for the support to local children made possible by KernART and the Gippsland PHN's generous donation.

“For local kids being able to participate in these activities will contribute to their social connectedness, promote their mastery and confidence in an educational setting, improve their relationships and enhance their unique skills - benefitting the whole family”.

“It is a privilege to collaborate with a community group like KernART who share our vision for the local kids of Bass Coast”.

For more information, please call Bass Coast Health on 5671 3278.


Pictured (L-R): BCH Executive Director of Sub-Acute and Community Care Paul Greenhalgh, Primary Health Network Gippsland CEO Marianne Shearer, BCH Counselling Services Team Leader Nikki Stanes, KernART organiser Adam McLeod, Artist and KernART member Janice Orchard and Rob Parsons.