Vinnies Community Grants program is helping the Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre's efforts to help the community's ongoing recovery from the Black Summer bushfires.
"The Community Grants program shows the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW's commitment to the long-term nature of rebuilding after a natural disaster," President of the St Patrick's Conference - Lithgow, Gary Marshall said.
"Our members were on the ground providing immediate support to people who needed it in the wake of the fires.
"But that does not erase the damage done, either physically or psychologically, and efforts like those of LINC are things we are very happy to support.
"The long term impact of bushfires on people's individual wellbeing is something that is often overlooked and I'm very glad this program is here to address just that."
LINC's Community Hub Manager Leanne Walding said they will be using the money from the Vinnies Community Grants program to hold engagement days for people at all points in their recovery journey.
"Our aim is to increase social connectedness, reduce isolation, and improve health and wellbeing," she said.
"The events will be attended by local services and professionals who will be providing information, referral and support.
"We will also be holding wellbeing workshops and running programs to develop resilience."
Ms Walding said the community engagement days will be supported by short on country tours to see how the natural environment is recovering.
"As well as take home recovery support packs, which will hold a wealth of information on local services, key contacts and advice on health and wellbeing," she said.
Mr Marshall said the St Vincent de Paul Society has provided $1.3 million in funding through its Community Grants program for grassroots projects like this one all over the state.
"It's pleasing to see some of that money being used locally," he said.
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