The main aim of our Alive & Well grants program is to encourage local councils to develop and implement specific initiatives that help reduce the impact of cancer in their community. The program also enhances opportunities for Cancer Council to work more closely with particular councils on healthy initiatives.
In February 2011, about forty councils applied to Cancer Council for a funding grant to undertake an Alive & Well initiative. Seven councils were selected based on the innovation and impact their initiatives will make to cancer prevention and/or support. The chosen initiatives will show-case the range of approaches councils can take to foster healthier communities.
Alive & Well initiatives funded by Cancer Council – 2011/12
Auburn City Council
Awarded a $13,002 grant to undertake an initiative focused on reducing tobacco-related harm across the community, with a particular focus on culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Chinese and Arabic speaking communities. The initiative includes implementing a smoke-free policy, quit smoking workshops and community worker training.
Awarded a $6,180 grant to undertake an initiative focused on supporting healthy eating and active living across the community. The initiative includes setting up a community garden, installing a sun shelter and holding a healthy community event.
Hawkesbury City Council
Awarded a $20,000 grant to undertake an initiative focused on improving access to health services by expanding Peppercorn Community Transport. The initiative includes developing a volunteer driver program that will increase community transport services to help cancer patients better access treatment.
Kiama Municipal Council
Awarded a $14,000 grant to undertake an initiative focussed on improving sun protection across the community. The initiative includes education and awareness raising activities about skin cancer prevention, with a particular focus on council employees, community gardeners and sporting clubs.
Lake Macquarie City Council
Awarded a $5,000 grant to undertake an initiative focused on supporting healthy eating and active living across the community. The initiative includes physical activity and healthy eating activities for people who may experience disadvantage in the community, including families from a low socio-economic background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Newcastle City Council
Awarded a $17,028 grant to undertake an initiative focussed on improving sun protection across the community. The initiative includes a range of activities at pools and beaches that will promote the sun safe message to young people, with an emphasis on 12-18 year olds. Activities will include live music events, the Cancer Council’s Sun Sound, promotional materials, and a video project with members from CANTEEN (a group for young people living with cancer).
Walgett Shire Council
Awarded a $19,155 grant to undertake an initiative focussed on improving access to healthy food choices across the community. The initiative will include a food audit in four communities to identify current healthy food availability, followed by an engagement program with food businesses to encourage them to offer healthier food options.