Community grants to fund migrant and refugee programs

BMDH fundraising & events manager Sonia Hollands with Mount Druitt Hospital supportive & palliative care unit NUM Trish Dalgleish

Stockland’s Community Grants program has awarded Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ funding to conduct two programs over the next year.

Altrove, a residential community at Schofields, donated $1000 to Blacktown Hospital for one-day orientation programs for newly arrived refugees and migrants.

Blacktown Hospital will enable local newly arrived families to meet with health representatives from different disciplines and services.  Participants will learn about GP and after-hours services, the role of social work, community and mental health departments, and receive education about the Australian health system.

This engaging and interactive program will provide a positive introduction into the healthcare system, reducing fear and improving health literacy.

Elara, Stockland’s residential community at Marsden Park, selected Mount Druitt’s supportive and palliative care unit to receive $1000 to conduct memory box workshops with children who are dealing with grief after the loss of a parent, grandparent of friend.

The workshops will be undertaken during school holidays and provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings in a creative and effective way by creating a box that can include photos, jewellery, music, art work, stories or poems.  A support group will also run for parents and carers.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals appreciate the support from the Stockland Community Grants program.

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