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DRUMBEAT initiative to strengthen heart of community

SEVERAL members from local neighbourhood and community centres have now been trained as DRUMBEAT facilitators thanks to a three-day workshop run by the Clarence Plains Child and Family Centre.

The new facilitators will now be able to share the DRUMBEAT experience, which uses music therapy to improve interpersonal and problem-solving skills, increase self-awareness and self-esteem, as well as reduce tension, anxiety and stress.

The workshop was delivered as part of the “Clarence Plains Initiative” – a partnership of local schools and neighbourhood centres.

These included the Clarence Plains Child and Family Centre, Rokeby Primary School, Bayview Secondary College, Clarendon Vale Primary School, Clarence Plains Youth Centre and Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre.

The partnership was formed on the back of the Tasmanian Government’s Student Health Initiative, which provides grants to community organisations and schools to offer programs that encourage healthy, safe and active choices.

Rokeby Primary School principal Tim Nicholas and social worker Hieu Nguyen coordinated the grant submission and subsequent programs, which will roll out over the next three-years.

“The programs’ outcomes are to improve the longer term health, wellbeing and safety of students in lower socio-economic schools, with more immediate outcomes of student engagement, attendance and to support students to make healthier choices,” Mr Nicholas said.

“This will allow our schools and community centres to target those individuals with certain needs and support them through a researched-based program with proven results like DRUMBEAT.

“Following the success of the first DRUMBEAT workshop, the aim is to train 16 facilitator/leaders in our community who can run small group DRUMBEAT sessions.”

The Student Health Initiative is part of the Tasmanian Government’s Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan that will provide $2 million to schools over four-years to work with community organisations to develop, implement and deliver programs.

Caption: Members of the Clarence Plains Initiative at the recent DRUMBEAT workshop.