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In March 2021 we launched our second partnership program in North East Tasmania.
“Restoring Nature and Communities” is a partnership with North East Bioregional Network, who have a long history of successful eco-restoration projects in this region. This is a 20-week program of ecological restoration and best practice land management in the Break O’Day municipality. Todd Dudley, President of North East Bioregional Network is managing and training four local community members who have been unemployed.

Our first partnership Program “Seeds of Connection” in Roma, South Central Queensland was launched in March 2020. We are partnering with Megan Brown of Soaring Souls  to support vulnerable community members and plug the gaps of disadvantage working with local community organisations. We also work with Jen Coggan of Injune who is the Program Mentor.

We are delighted that Seeds of Connection was successful in receiving an Australia Post Community Grant to run Well-being Workshops in 2021 in Surat, Injune, Mitchell and Wallumbilla in rural Queensland.

Seeds of Connection Roma, Queensland - Care Packs During Covid 19
When Covid 19 restrictions came in to force, seniors were advised to stay at home. After attending a U3A meeting, Megan Brown and another community worker talked afterwards about what they could do, as the U3a people seemed pretty down about the prospect of staying at home nonstop. Pooling their resources they came up with the idea of delivering care packages.

The care packages (pictured) contained some groceries and essentials as well as some treats for those self-isolating. “We wanted to shop local and support businesses who started to struggles as soon as the restrictions came in.” said Megan. The packages also contained a ten dollar gift voucher from a local take away café, local hand-made soaps, and a Crossword book amongst other items.

Seeds of Connection Roma, Queensland - Indigenous Community

Working with the Indigenous Community to address areas of local concern. In 2020 Megan Brown established an Indigenous Women’s Group – Women’s Wellness Sessions. The group meet regularly for social support and connection through a program of activities . See https://www.facebook.com/seedsofconnectionroma

The group will  come together again in 2021.

Restoring Nature and Communities, North East Tasmania

This 20 week program began in March 2021. Four local community members make up a team who are undertaking weeding, removal of invasive species and planting of indigenous species in a number of locations in the north east of Tasmania.

Community Support During Covid 19

Megan Brown has been offering activities in health & well-being online – these sessions are free through Seeds of Connection to any community members. There is a weekly Online Zoom Yoga and Meditation class. Virtual Cuppas ran earlier in 2020 for anyone wanting some social connection during the time of lock-down. 

For more information or to join in contact Megan Brown at chandrawellbeing@gmail.com


Well Being Workshops in Injune, Mitchell, Wallumbilla and Surat in 2021

In 2020 Seeds of Connection was successful in receiving an Australia Post Community Grant to run workshops in the four towns above. The workshops will focus on mental and emotional well-being and community resilience.

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