Member-based business organisations are being offered tailored mental health and wellbeing support, through an Andrews Labor Government initiative.
Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today announced the Mental Wellbeing of Business Communities Grants Program, providing up to 200 member-based business communities with a $15,000 grant for training and tailored support to manage stress and anxiety.
“Our small businesses have had massive challenges thrown at them for two years and while their resilience and ingenuity is inspirational, these pressures can take a toll,” said Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford.
“We’re working closely with chambers and traders group so make sure they are equipped to support their members’ health and well-being.”
Under this program, a ‘Business Community’ is defined as a not-for-profit member-based organisation which represents, serves and advocates for its business members.
Eligible business communities include chambers of commerce, business councils, industry associations and trader groups, with the program set to have flow-on effects for the tens of thousands of Victorian small businesses they support.
The program is about providing practical and evidence-based strategies unique to businesses – with the business community organisation then encouraged to share the learned mental health and wellbeing solutions with their members to implement over the long term.
Grant recipients will nominate representatives to receive 10 hours of free mental health and wellbeing training plus an additional 12 hours of expert masterclasses which will help them design a care plan for their members.
The training will involve businesses collaborating on ideas of best practice for improving mental health including shifting ways of thinking and ideas on motivation.
This program forms part of the Victorian Government’s $26 million commitment to providing timely, needs-based support through the Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Businesses Initiative, announced in August 2020.