Drought Response

Empowering Our Communities


The Empowering Our Communities Program

In 2019, Community College supported the community by offering fee-free places in a range of leisure classes at campuses throughout the region. These places were funded by the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network under the Australian Government Empowering Our Communities initiative. This program gives local communities the opportunity to tailor mental health responses to people and communities struggling with drought. The impact of drought is known to extend well beyond farmers and their families in rural communities. The response to our effort to create change was overwhelming.

94% of people came along to a class to learn something new while 63% were encouraged to take part because the activity was free. This information tells us a lot—that even in the most difficult economic times the value of expanding skills and knowledge surpasses affordability as a reason to take part in learning programs. Learning has a positive impact on our self-esteem, increasing resilience through improved self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. We proudly present here our Empowering Our Communities Impact Report 2019.