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Mission Australia and Mid Coast 4 Kids is thrilled to have received $13,000 in grant funding from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) and Suncorp to help children and young people in their recovery from trauma in response to the  multitude of natural disasters the Midcoast has endured over the past two years as well as the covid pandemic.

Some 200 trainers in our Mid Coast for Kids initiative will use this funding to develop support strategies specific to each community.

Mission Australia Program Manager, Bree Katsamangos said it’s not just the floods our Midcoast families are recovering from.

“We’ve had prolonged droughts, extreme bushfires, major floods, and we’ve had the pandemic and it’s taken its toll. I think the floods were yet another disruptor with children carrying trauma from the bushfires.“

The funding will be used to deliver training in The Common Approach, a prevention-focused and flexible way of working to help everyone have quality conversations with young people and their families about all aspects of their wellbeing.

This funding will enable 200 people to receive this training over the next 12 months.

Just this year alone, the FRRR has handed out a record $19.5 million dollars to communities battling natural disasters.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of the FRRR said this grant program was focussed on locally based not-for-profit organisations and community groups that are really playing a critical role in supporting the recovery and renewal in their communities.

“Recovery takes a long time and is different for each community so this funding has a flexibility and longevity built into it. We’re really pleased and honoured to be able to be there when we can, in the ways that we can.”

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