Kids Helpline – 71,533 contacts go unanswered: Kids Helpline, Australia’s only free confidential 24/7 national children’s counselling and support service, has today released statistics showing 51% of requests for help to the service went unanswered over the first 6 months of 2019, due to funding shortfall. Responding to concerns children and young people have in relation to their mental health, general well-being and other developmental issues is a major area of Kids Helpline’s work. Kids Helpline relies heavily upon your town’s charitable art union and donations from the community to continue its operation. In order to meet the extra demand, an additional $5 million annually would be required to enable employment of additional professional counselling staff.
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More amazing Young Farmer Business Program News: The Young Farmer Business Program has announced grants for groups who support young farmers and fishers, locally and regionally in NSW to deliver training for their members. A grant of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) is available per eligible group and examples of projects include (but are not limited to) farm tours, commercial fishing business tours, workshops, events, business skills coaching, training and guest speakers. Learn more at https://buff.ly/2LdgIev
Services Club Community Chest: Forbes Services Memorial Club has donated $16,500 from its Community Chest Charity Raffle Program to six Forbes Community Groups with a presentation ceremony taking place last Friday. The six groups were Forbes Sorting & Penning Club $3,232, Forbes Prostate Cancer Support Group $2,484.50, Forbes Community Mens Shed $2,605, Forbes & District Historical Society $2,880, Rotary Club of Forbes Ipomoea $2,787.50 and Forbes CWA Evening Branch $2,511.
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