New grants foster outside play

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Angie Puibello of Beryl Womens Inc, recipient of the 2022 Nature Play Grants Program.

Six local organizations have been selected to collectively provide $39,000 to fund improvements and initiatives that connect young Canberrans with the outdoors.

The grants – awarded under the ACT government’s Nature Play CBR program – will fund upgrades to outdoor play areas and the purchase of new equipment.

It’s about giving young Canberrans the skills and confidence to get outside and live active, happy and healthy lives.

Australia’s longest running women’s shelter, Beryl Women Inc., has received a grant to create a safe outdoor play area.

Angie Puibello of Beryl Women Inc. says the initiative will support women and children who remain at the refuge.

“The women and children in our shelter have all experienced some level of trauma in their past,” Angie said.

“This new outdoor play area will provide them with a quiet and safe place to connect and support healing.

“It is also used for a variety of cultural, recreational and creative activities such as craft workshops, therapy sessions and incense ceremonies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“We are grateful for the funding and look forward to putting our plans into action.”

For more information about Beryl Women’s Inc, visit their website.

Nature Play CBR was launched in 2016 with a vision to get more kids involved in nature play. It provides financial support to eligible organizations to provide outdoor recreation, play and adventure programs, events or spaces.

Visit the website for more information about the program.

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