Deputy Premier, NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor met with Susan Burke to deliver the great news that Susan Burke Interactive Lessons Design was the recipient of $25,000 funded through the NSW Government’s Investing in Women Grant Program.

The funding will provide an opportunity to deliver mental health first aid training designed to up-skill women in rural and regional areas so they can support others experiencing mental health issues.

“This funding from the NSW Government is supporting a remarkable project that empowers women to live their lives, their way,” Mr Barilaro said. “Women in our community should have every opportunity to thrive, and this program will offer them the chance to access high quality evidence based education close to home.”

“It is fantastic to see a local initiative among the 16 organisations across NSW being funded under the Investing in Women program.”

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said projects funded under the program will empower women to take charge of their economic, social and health outcomes.

“The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of women in NSW, and the Investing in Women projects address many of the challenges still facing women,” Ms Taylor said. “I am proud of our commitment to advance the role, status and contribution of women and girls in our communities and how this program is supporting this. Sporting programs, employment and leadership training, and financial literacy workshops and are just some of the activities that will be available to women under this year’s Investing in Women program.”

The program offers grants of up to $50,000 per project for organisations that demonstrate practical and direct ways to engage and support women.

Grant recipient Susan Burke said she was thrilled to have her project funded.

“I am really excited to be able to provide women in rural and regional areas with mental health training,” Ms Burke said. “My goal is to equip participants with skills and strategies to assist those in their communities. There are a number of benefits with this training including; knowledge of mental illness, treatments and first aid actions, and confidence in providing support to others.”

Susan Burke Interactive Lesson Design will be facilitating workshops in Bega, Cooma, Wagga, Yass and Orange.

Further details on successful projects and the Investing in Women funding program can be found here.