Farewell 2016. Hello 2017!

What does 2017 bring?

  • We are also very excited to bring the course you’ve been demanding: Introduction to Mindfulness. Simon will be leading guided sessions and we invite you to join us and discover how mindfulness can empower heroism.
  • We will soon be offering Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid is a lot like “normal” first aid, yet with a small twist. Learn how to respond and support individuals facing a mental health problem. The course will be open to parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone who lives or works with young people. We’re also going to offer the training to young people themselves, those in Years 10-12. Expressions of interest are now open. Click here to learn more or register.

2016: Trials and Triumphs

Surf Coast Secondary College has been a delight and the perfect choice for our first Hero School. A special shout-out to Kathryn O’Neill and Megan Wyatt who have supported use since our launch. We look forward to the years to come.

Ellie delivered public Heroism training sessions which motivated many in our region to take proactive steps toward change. Ellie is working now in Flint, Michigan to build resilience in a hard-hit community. While we continue to support her work, we’re always scheming ways to bring her back to our shores.

You can view more about the 2015-2016 financial year in our Annual Report.

July was a great start to the new financial year as we presented our work at the first Heroism Science conference in Perth, Western Australia and were granted registered charity status with the ACNC.

To celebrate one year since our official launch, the team participated in a day of planned kindness. Thanks to a very proactive, motivated team we:

  • donated blood,
  • gifted firefighters, ambulance workers, and emergency department nurses and doctors with some “thank you” gifts,
  • donated blankets and pet food to Geelong Animal Welfare Shelter,
  • provided new and pre-loved clothing to a women’s shelter,
  • donated clothing, kids’ toys, and housing supplies to a local op shop,
  • donated food to Geelong Food Relief,
  • gifted a new mum with some baby supplies,
  • supported friends in their launch of a new colouring book AND gifted it to a friend in need of some self-care,
  • delivered chocolates and hand-written thank you notes to the volunteers at Lifeline,
  • contributed toward funding families in Flint, Michigan with supplies to get through winter,
  • genuinely complimented strangers throughout town,
  • bought coffees for strangers, and
  • donated hair to a charity that makes wigs for young people living with cancer.

It goes to show the impact a small group can have in a single day. Next year, we hope to more than double the effort and invite you to join us!

We enjoyed the pleasure of speaking about Heroism and Wellbeing at the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre with Sarah Leech (GMHBA), Justin Robinson and Charlie Scudamore (Geelong Grammar) and Chris Mackey (Chris Mackey & Associates).

Thanks to our partners at Tandem Vox and Creative Geelong, we attended Pivot Summit to learn about the future of technology and business in the region. You can hear Sylvia discussing Hero Town’s work in the future during an interview with Mitchell Dye of 94.7 The Pulse. Listen in below.


We joined the incredible team at the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network in a new co-working space. Great things are already happening here!

Ellie Jacques delivered a moving talk at the Hero Round Table Michigan 2016. If you missed it, now’s your chance to check it out.

Phew! What a year! We’ve only just begun.

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