Building Resilience in our Community – An evening presentation from The Resilience Project
Come along and learn about methods to develop resilience and support mental health and wellbeing Wednesday 30 November 7pm for 7.30pm start Norma Richardson Hall, Woodend. Light refreshments served.
What is it all about?
Life doesn’t always run smoothly. We all have challenges and hurdles to overcome from time to time. Resilience is the ability to bounce back. Do you need some tips and ideas to help you be more resilient?
Come along and hear from Martin Heppell from The Resilience Project. He’ll teach us how to become more resilient based on the three areas of:
- Gratitude: focus on what you’ve got and not what you don’t have
- Mindfulness: the ability to feel present and calm and to shut off disruptive thoughts
- Empathy: the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes – we’re hard wired to be kind!
“Did you know that an adolescent brain in 2016 receives the same amount of information in a week as a 40 year old received in a year when adolescent” Hugh Van Cuylenburg, founder, The Resilience Project.
This community event is free and open to everyone, but places are limited so please reserve your seat. Doors open at 7pm and we’ll have some light refreshments before the presentation gets underway at 7.30pm
This event has been generously funded by a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and organised by Woodend Neighbourhood. House.
About The Resilience Project
The team at The Resilience Project teach positive mental health strategies by delivering emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs, businesses and communities. Their workshops are evidence-based and provide practical strategies to help build resilience.
Martin’s background is unique. He spent a considerable amount of time growing up in Borneo (whilst his father studied an Iban Dayak headhunting tribe). He was also educated in different parts of South East Asia. He is heavily influenced by the morals and values that he and his family were surrounded by whilst living with the Iban. After finishing high school in Melbourne, Martin spent 3 years in the AFL system, playing AFL football for St Kilda and Melbourne and then for Norwood in the SANFL. Subsequent years were then spent travelling the world backpacking for nearly 3 years, and upon return to Australia, Martin studied primary teaching. After completing his degree at Melbourne University, he commenced teaching at Auburn Primary. After 4 years, he was appointed as the Assistant Principal at Auburn Primary where he held that role for another 4 years – focusing on student well-being, educational leadership and cultural change. He has also coached AFL football at the Box Hill Hawks, and as First XVIII coach at both Carey Grammar and Xavier College. In all environments, he has thrived in situations that have presented challenges and have required optimism. He is passionate about children being given the opportunity to be raised in a positive manner that evokes confidence and a zest for life.