We received some good news this week with the announcement that the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), in partnership with News Corp Australia, has awarded the CBF an $18,000 grant to support our Bushfire Trauma Support Program.
Developed in partnership with the DART Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Asia/Pacific), this program provides community radio stations impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires with much-needed trauma literacy and resilience support.
This pilot program is the first of its kind in our sector and has capacity to be offered in both online and face-to-face formats. In early May, DART’s expert facilitators delivered an introductory online session to a small cohort of community broadcasters from seriously affected stations in Victoria and New South Wales.
The grant is funded through the News Corp Bushfire Recovery Program which was established to help support bushfire-affected recover from the summer fires. The focus of the grants is to improve social connectedness, enhance community spirit and increase community preparedness.
Additionally, the CBF gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Beeton Family Fund and the Australian Communities Foundation, to enhance the delivery capacity of this project.
Photo: Moruya Bridge by Alex Rea