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Council wins grant to empower young Somali Australians

Thu 1 February, 2018

Banyule Council has received a $50,000 VicHealth grant for a project that will empower young Somali Australians living in the City of Banyule.

The project builds on the passion young local Somali Australians have for creating social media content such as YouTube videos and podcasts on topics they identified in recent focus groups as being important.

Those topics included mental health, eating right, exam stress, accessible services, fitness and skills required for employment. Identified as being necessary as well was culturally sensitive drug, alcohol and health information.

Banyule Mayor Mark Di Pasquale said the grant project was an initiative that would support young Somali Australians in the community.

“I congratulate Council’s Youth Services team for successfully applying for this VicHealth grant to support our young Somali Australians develop the skills and connections they need to succeed.

“Working together and building on an interest already identified by our community’s young people is a very positive step forward.”

Participants in the project will be offered workshops, training and activities in editing, filming, interview skills, communication skills, leadership, community development, activism, leadership and volunteerism. While developing content, they will have access to industry experts, mentors and high quality technical facilities.

The aim of the project is to give participants knowledge and skills in the media, boost their employability, and increase their understanding of health, wellbeing and local services.

Young people participating will decide on the project's name when they come together in February.

To participate or find out more

  • email
  • phone 9457 9855
  • visit or
  • email the Himilo Community Connect team at