Benalla Ensign

Violet Town embraces monthly events

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Violet Town residents are embracing monthly events, bringing community members together with a focus on improving healthcare knowledge.

The Connecting Communitie­s Big Bash Breakfasts have been made possible through Strathbogi­e Shire Council’s Community

Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) funding and RE3 — Reset, Reboot, Revitalise Grants scheme and in partnershi­p with Honeysuckl­e Regional Health.

Honeysuckl­e Regional Health community nurse Brenda Hoare has headed up the initiative and said each month featured a different topic regarding physical or mental wellbeing.

“It’s all about people talking to people,” Mrs Hoare said.

To date the topics covered have included skincare, particular­ly about checking for melanoma, as well as mental health with a focus on the R U Okay? Initiative.

“We decided to call it Connecting Communitie­s because we had just come out of COVID-19 restrictio­ns and we needed to get people back together,” Mrs Hoare said.

“Due to the success of the events to date, we’re hoping to continue with similar projects into the future.”

Strathbogi­e Shire Mayor Chris Raeburn said the partnershi­p with Honeysuckl­e Regional Health had enabled men and women in Violet Town to be proactive about their health — physical and mental.

“Brenda has done a fantastic job selecting relevant topics as well as getting a great turnout to these breakfasts each month,” Cr Raeburn said

“The topics chosen shine a light on some of the most important health issues, particular­ly for rural and regional communitie­s.”

 ?? Honeysuckl­e Regional Health community nurse Brenda Hoare ??
Honeysuckl­e Regional Health community nurse Brenda Hoare

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