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Youth connection

By Corowa Free Press

Indigo Shire Council has received $75,000 to implement the project We Know Your Name But Not Your Story as part of the third phase of VicHealth’s Bright Futures Challenge.

Originally developed by Corangamite City Council, We Know Your Name But Not Your Story is a digital storytelling project that aims to help young people connect with people in their community.

The project is based on the premise that knowing someone’s story can decrease assumptions and judgements, and increase the likelihood of making meaningful social connections.

Indigo Shire Mayor Bernard Gaffney said the project will be an innovative collaboration bringing together Indigo Shire Libraries, the Burke Museum, Ageing Well programs and Youth Services.  

“We’re pleased to receive this funding from VicHealth’s Bright Futures Challenge, which will help young people in Indigo Shire develop new skills and build social connections,” Cr Gaffney said. 

Rather than reinventing the wheel, this funding takes a project with a proven track record and expands it to a new community, explained Acting VicHealth CEO Dr Lyn Roberts. 

“We Know Your Name But Not Your Story has shown strong promise as a vehicle for local councils to improve health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people,” Dr Roberts said.

“It’s a great example of local councils working together to support young people, so they can thrive now and into the future.

“These projects are about connecting young people with each other and with their communities so they’re better prepared for life’s ups and downs. We’re excited to work with Indigo Shire Council to address some of the common challenges facing local young people today.”

More information about We Know Your Name But Not Your Story, please visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/vichealth-bright-futures-challenge