Connecting People with Parks

 "We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught"
- Baba Dioum

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Taking Storytime Outside!
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:24
Story Time in the Park


Throughout the past Summer, Storytime was enjoyed by many families outside in parks. 

Brimbank Libraries, in partnership with the People and Parks Foundation, brought what is normally an indoor activity outdoors to the local parks of Melbourne’ West as part of the Active in Parks program. 

‘Story Time in the Park’ supported the importance of books and reading to families, and helped connect them to local parks and open spaces. As an Active in Parks program, and sponsored by Medibank Community Fund, communities in Melbourne’s west were reminded of their local parks and natural green spaces during the sessions. 

This Summer ‘Story Time in the Park’ was held for the first time at Buckingham Reserve, West Sunshine and Tom O’Brien Reserve, Sunshine 

People and Parks Foundation like to think that we may have nurtured some budding environmentalists while nurturing some budding bookworms as well!


For more information about Active In Parks visit activeinparks.org


Active In Parks recognised at VicHealth Awards
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:01

Vic Health logoActive In Parks achieved peer recognition at the prestigious 2012 Victorian Health Promotion awards held last year. People and Parks Foundation’s were one of three finalists in the Building Health through Community and Local Government category at the official awards ceremony. Held at Victoria’s Government House and hosted by His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, a total of eight awards were presented. The Women’s Health West and Consortium received the award for Preventing Violence Together: The Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women in the category Active In Parks was also nominated for.

"To acheive recognition for the importance of parks in preventative health is very exciting. The program is a pilot and it is especially encouraging to be amongst the other finalists and winners. It was also great to see Medibank Community Fund recognised as a finalist for their innovative work in the Communications in Health Promotion category too.” Said People and Parks Foundation CEO, Jacqui deKievit.

Medibank Manager, Group Community Relations, Rita Marigliani added "These awards are great recognition of the hard work and creative thinking that goes into getting people to be more aware of and responsible about health issues that might affect them and how parks can play a part in good health." "It’s great to see preventative measures that help people become fitter and healthier, rather than just focussing on treatment being acknowledged. To have VicHealth promoting our achievements is a real honour."

Our future environmental leaders!
Friday, 24 August 2012 16:47


On Thursday, 12th September, 2013 the Mornington Peninsula’s Point Nepean National Park will host an innovative education program to inspire future environmental leaders.

Held as part of the national 2013 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week, it will bring together 240 students from several local primary schools. Invitations have been issued to local schools to attend, so that their students can feel empowered through workshops, field trips and presentations. The People and Parks Foundation feels passionately about supporting our youth, enabling them to be confident leaders in their own community. Check out the attached registration information for all the details. 


Connecting Young Artists
Sunday, 02 June 2013 16:28
Mornington PeninsulaiConnect is an initiative delivered in partnership with the People and Parks Foundation, Parks Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Aimed at mentoring young people with an interest in the arts, iConnect engages with the local Mornington Peninsula's youth in collaboration with local artists and the wider community. 
Based in the stunning Point Nepean National Park, this pilot program offers students from Rosebud Secondary College the opportunity to learn from local professional artists in the outdoors. Their mentors will share insights into practical and artistic interpretations through outdoor painting and photography sessions. At the end of the 10 week program, a public exhibition of the student works will be on display in the park from 1 – 31 July 2013. 
The People and Parks Foundation recognise just how important the arts are to encourage youth in our community to interpret our environment and engage with the outdoors. 
Active in Parks
Thursday, 16 August 2012 16:43
Active in Parks

Healthy Parks Healthy People "Active in Parks" is an innovative program targeting health and community agencies, to connect people to parks and open spaces to improve national health and wellbeing - physically, socially and mentally.

Sponsored by Medibank Community Fund, People and Parks Foundation together with Parks Victoria, have developed the Healthy Parks Healthy People - Active in Parks program as a pilot in Geelong, Victoria with extraordinary success. It is designed to be replicated nationally as a new approach to preventative health. 

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