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VT Community House given social funding

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Violet Town community members now have access to weekly female exercise groups and improved computer room facilities at the Violet Town Community House.

The initiative­s have been funded through Strathbogi­e Shire Council’s Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) program in conjunctio­n with Violet Town Community House.

Violet Town Community House coordinato­r Lisa Jensen said participan­ts had thoroughly enjoyed the exercise sessions to date.

“They really enjoy the movement aspect of the program,” Ms Jensen said.

“And they also like talking to one another, which has created a nice social environmen­t as well . . . They can definitely feel the benefit.”

Ms Jensen said the mixture of ages between the participan­ts had also encouraged the group to develop mentoring relationsh­ips with one another.

The initiative has been supported by Strathbogi­e Shire Council’s Community Connector Bill Boyer.

“This initiative is a fantastic use of Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) funding in partnershi­p with the Violet Town Community House,” Mr Boyer said.

“We know that exercise, as well as social inclusion, has so many benefits to physical and mental health.”

Strathbogi­e Shire Mayor Chris Raeburn said the funding had also allowed for computer upgrades at the Violet

House.

“This funding has ensured the Violet Town Community House remains a place that offers the community a space to feel welcomed where they can engage with a number of different activities,” Cr Raeburn said.

“Having an upgraded computer will ensure those who have been disconnect­ed through COVID-19 can continue to stay in touch with their loved ones.”

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Violet Town Community House Coordinato­r Lisa Jensen

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