CELEBRATING OUR CROSS BORDER HEALTH SERVICE
The City2City Committe and Volunteer team have again staged an incredible, well organised, happy event for our community to enjoy, participate in AND raise $110,000 for Albury Wodogna Health Maternity Unit and Special Care Nursery. With 4,516 participants the day was a fantastic success.
We are so proud that theCity2City Committee is established as a sub-committee of Border Trust, a partnership which will ensure that this great event can continue to grow in size and scale as a local flagship community fundraising event, for a long time to come.
The $110,000 raised by the 2017 Hume Bank City2City Run Walk will go directly to Albury Wodonga Health and this year, funds raised will be directed to the Wodonga Maternity Unit Special Care Nursery.
The Hume Bank City2City RunWalk is a volunteer-run community event that celebrates and raises funds for Albury Wodonga Health.
Albury Wodonga Health Amount: $110,000
Project: Maternity Unit and Special Care Nursery
Congratulations to ALBURY WODONGA HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, recipients of the 2016 Hume Bank City2City Run Walk.
The 2016 Hume Bank City2City RunWalk raised a massive $110,000 for the following programs provided by Albury Wodonga Health Mental Health Services.
Further information on all programs can be obtained by contacting Jenny Ahrens at 0357222677 or 0439622054.
ALERT – SUICIDE PREVENTION
The ALERT program is a 45-minute suicide prevention workshop delivered in the workplace to increase awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide while providing strategies for building personal resilience.
This workshop is proven to be extremely effective in increasing the awareness and understanding of anxiety, depression and suicide. It has been designed to be accessible for everyone in the community.
Equipping people with the skills to engage in a simple conversation with a friend or family member who may be experiencing anxiety or depression can potentially save a life.
HEALTHY & WISE
The Healthy and Wise Program was developed by Older Persons Mental Health Service for people over 55 who would like to increase their life satisfaction and understanding of many areas of health.
Weekly topics include: physical health and wellbeing; dealing with changes in life; managing stress; relaxation; depression; how to make the most of your memory; coping with loss; and, medical, financial and legal issues.
YOUNG OFFENDERS RE-ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE (YORI)
The aim of the YORI is to identify and target risk factors that may contribute to a young person’s involvement in juvenile crime, thus reducing individual juvenile offending, increasing positive coping skills and reconnecting them to appropriate community services using a multi systemic approach.
The target group for this 8 week program consists of 8 extremely marginalized 13-16 year old male young offenders referred by NSW Police Force.
DRAMATIC MINDS FESTIVAL
The Dramatic Minds Festival is an annual short play festival involving high school students. It promotes mental health knowledge among young people and the community and aims to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH – Love Bites Program
Implementation of the Love bites program within the local Albury and Wodonga high schools. The program aims to:
- break intergenerational cycles of domestic and family violence and the increasing rates of sexual assault by supporting young people to develop respectful relationships where behaviour has not yet become entrenched
- assist young people develop skills to identify what a safe, equal and healthy relationship is, develop respectful conflict resolution skills and problem solving skills and find support services in their community.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – Capacity Building Albury Wodonga
Three part strategy to engage Dairy and Beef farmers in the Albury Wodonga region.
- Health Screening/Mental Health Screening, brief intervention and referral (as applicable) held at the National Livestock Exchange in Barnawartha
- Three ALERT workshops
- One 2 day Standard Mental Health First Aid Course.
GETTING AHEAD THERAPEUTIC GROUP
Getting Ahead (GA) is a twelve-session cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) group program designed specifically for postnatal women to improve maternal mood. The therapeutic group program consists of 10 weekly sessions for mothers (each session is approximately 2 hours) which are also complimented by 3 x 120 minute couple’s sessions that focus on the important role of fathers and the couple relationship. The therapeutic group program is offered in February, June and September each year. Getting Ahead (GA) is designed specifically for women to improve maternal mood, the central role of fathers, relationships and support networks.
PARENT-CHILD MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM
A group program for parents/carers and their babies/young children. P-CMG supports the development of secure parent-child attachment, promotes children’s speech development and enhances family’s community inclusion through the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together.
The Parent Child Mother Goose Program provides a group experience for parents and young children under the age of 2 years.
MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY – Sensory Therapy Kit IPU (Nolan House) Albury
The aim is to increase mental health literacy through tailored therapeutic education sessions targeted to consumers accessing the inpatient unit. To create a therapeutic milieu that is safe, hope inspiring, provides choice, encourages self-responsibility and affords opportunity for positive change. This in turn will prevent further decline and mental health distress and promote health and wellbeing.
The program will actively support and promote a recovery oriented approach to care for each individual. The program encourages patient and carer/family participation in goal setting, treatment, care and recovery planning that supports effective discharge.
The recipients of 2016 Hume Bank City2City Run Walk, were announced at the Border Trust Launch of “May is Giving Month“, held in Albury on 6 May 2016.
BORDER TRUST PARTNERS WITH CITY2CITY
Border Trust is proud of our very special partnership with the Hume Bank City2City Run Walk.
The City2City Committee was founded in 2014 by local enthusiasts Michelle Hudson and Jen Hayes who had the vision of making the City2City the flagship fundraising & celebration event for Albury Wodonga Health.
Following the overwhelming community response to the inaugural event in 2015 – and the likelihood of the event continuing to grow in size and scale – the City2City Committee approached Border Trust to seek assistance with the governance arrangements for the event.
Recognising that this annual event fits exactly with Border Trust’s aims and purpose by promoting community health and wellbeing while raising funds to improve and expand health services for the people of the Albury Wodonga and surrounding region, Border Trust was happy to support the City2City Committee who now operate as a named sub fund within the Community Foundation for the Albury Wodonga Region Ltd (Border Trust).
City2City remains entirely a volunteer based committee. No external Event Management company, no National Franchises. 100% local. All proceeds from the 2016 City2City will again benefit Albury Wodonga Health, this time being directed towards North East Border Mental Health Services. Border Trust looks forward to increasing awareness and making a valuable contribution to our local health services.
Media Coverage: The Border Mail
City2City Co-founder and Committee Chair Michelle Hudson:
“the partnership between Border Trust and the City2City provides a governance support structure that ensures the City2City RunWalk can continue to grow as our local flagship community fundraising event, for a long time to come.”
Hume Bank City2City Albury Wodonga Health Run Walk