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The Rotary Clubs of Gerringong and Kiama are funding and administering the delivery of a two day Mental Health First Aid course in May for interested members of our local community.

Mental Health First Aid courses have been shown to assist with early-intervention, increase mental health literacy and teach the practical skills needed to support someone experiencing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Participants develop the skills to assist until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Adult Mental Health First Aid – May 3 and 4, Tuesday and Wednesday at Kiama Pavilion

Youth Mental Health First Aid – May 19 and 20. Thursday and Friday at the Gerringong Library

These courses are being offered free of charge to residents of the Kiama Municipality.

For additional information or to enrol please contact Helen Stirling: helenstirling@bigpond.com or Sandra McCarthy: Sandra.McCarthy@internode.on.net

This is a program that has been supported by the local Rotary clubs for the last 14 years. It has already been delivered to over 800 members of our local community to better manage their own mental health and wellbeing as well as providing them with skills to more effectively help others who experience mental illness. The course introduces participants to the main types of mental illness that impacts individuals in our community and assists participants to understand the help that is available and how and when to access it whilst ensuring dignity and respect of the illness sufferer.

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Kiama Rotary Club marks its 70th anniversary by recognising others through a ‘Spirit of Community Award” during our platinum celebration in May, 2022.

Nominations are invited for an individual who volunteers their time to give selfless service to the community for the benefit of others.

Members of the community are invited to submit a nomination for an individual resident of the Kiama LGA who they consider has given significant service directly to the Kiama community or in a wider regional or international context.

The Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary in May and wants to recognise those who embody the Rotary ideal of Service above Self as part of marking this special occasion.

There is no age limitation on who can be nominated and the service can be individual or as a participant in clubs, service organisations, volunteer organisations or other community groups.

A panel of independent judges will select a shortlist of finalists who will be invited to attend a Recognition Event on Monday 2 May hosted by the Rotary Club. At this event each finalist will be appropriately recognised for their selfless service and an overall winner will be announced.

Nominations close at midnight on Friday 8 April 2022. 

Submissions must be made on the official Nomination Form at this link:

https://forms.gle/tmMRyzCuF23esjrdA

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Enquiries to spiritofcommunityawards@rotarykiama.org.au