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Geelong Performing Arts Centre

gpac:ed-headspace Appeal

Did you know, 75% of mental health issues begin before the age of 25, and mental health disorders affect 1 in 4 young people?

That is why for the past 5 years, gpac:ed has been working with headspace Geelong to help young people find their voice.  By empowering young people to express themselves and feel comfortable in their world we build resilience and improve the health of our young people. This means demand on headspace Geelong services is reduced. 

Over the five years we have already empowered 1500 students, across 5 unique arts-based programs that aren’t run anywhere else in Australia. At the heart of these programs is the opportunity for young people to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Students also get to use their imaginations and creativity to solve social problems.  They contribute and feel valued. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

We are writing today because we need your help to continue these crucial programs.

Our aim is to provide many of these programs to schools and students for free to maximise their reach. We do this because we believe in the power of the performing arts to build their voices and connect students with each other, their families and their communities.

Here are just a few comments from students and teachers participating in our programs:

'I was very nervous speaking to so many people. But I did it and it was great!’

‘I had a couple of reluctant/shy students but they all participated in some way and totally enjoyed themselves. They were all very proud.’

‘I loved that my parents could come and watch.’

‘Students’ confidence has improved over the past few weeks of rehearsal and performance day.’

Our goal is to do more. We want to connect with more young people in 2018 and that’s where you can help to raise $10,000 by the end of spring.

With your help, our partnership can grow its support for the health and wellbeing of the next generation of leaders.

So…if you are able, please help by making a donation to support the work gpac:ed and headspace Geelong are doing to give young people a voice. Individually it’s a small price, but collectively it’s a big investment in our region’s future.

Please view our short video to see how our programs are transforming lives

click here to watch video

Thank you in anticipation of your support


Jill Smith
General Manager, GPAC


Malcolm Scott
headspace Geelong

Contact Details

50 Lt Malop Street
GEELONG VIC, 3220

(03) 5225 1200
Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.