Operation Compass is proud to announce our 2019 recipients of the Community Grants. After a detailed selection process, these 10 organisations have been awarded for their innovative approach to improving wellness, resilience and commitment to improved health outcomes for our ex-ADF and their families in Townsville. We are looking forward to the progress they will make throughout our community. 

Swiss8 is a health promotion charity founded by Australian Combat Veterans, aimed at building digital interventions to adjustment disorders, anxiety and depression. The project  will run an eight week pilot program for more than 50 veterans in Townsville using the Swiss 8 app. The mobile app built is around the 8 pillars of health and lifestyle targeted at suicide prevention, promoting wellbeing, social connectedness, improving Veteran physical health, nutrition, diet, sleep and mindfulness.

Live Life Get Active is a charity that has been built over the last 6 years, visiting 165 different communities. The project will run a free fitness camp for ex-ADF members and their families and 3 Saturday seminars around topics like mental health, nutrition and mindfulness. The aim of the project is to connect ex-ADF members with a community of locals in a positive environment through outdoor physical exercise.

Yibaay Aboriginal Consulting engages Veterans - with a focus especially on Indigenous Veterans - to participate in field deployments and on-country cultural heritage activities. The funding provided by our Community Grants will see the project undertake two workshops and three action research field deployments that will be used to create a framework for ADF support and help identify key principles and activities for Veterans. 

The Youth Network, following on from the success of their Veteran’s art program in the first round of funding, have been inspired to continue their project into round two. The project invites ex-ADF members and their families to participate in weekly art workshops that will see them create a public artwork. The artwork will be displayed at The Oasis support hub for veterans. The team are now working towards making the project sustainable beyond their current funding.

Ashvins Healthcycle is a sports organisation offering a friendly and welcoming coffee catchup and cycle sessions for ex-ADF members and their families. Round one funding saw the success of their Social Prescription program, with round two funding continuing to promote social inclusion and improved physical and mental health. The project will also see lived experience ambassadors reaching out to veterans in the community.

The NQ Phoenix Dragon Boat Club is a not-for-profit community organisation. The club encourages current and ex-ADF members, and their families, to be part of a competitive team that will drive and inspire individuals to train hard, find new challenges, encourage, support, and empower each other. Following on their success in round one, the club will use their funding to support their Dragon Boat team and encourage more veterans and families to participate in this team building sport.

The Cameleers are a community based Veteran Organisation who conduct trips for veterans taking part in field support for archaeological digs, mapping and excavation within the North Queensland region. These trips will encourage Ex-ADF members to take time out from their regular routine, learn new skills, improve physical and mental health and provide social interaction with the group. After the success of their project in round one of our Community Grants, the Cameleers are funding a food trailer for use in the field that will double as a sustainable source of funding for their project via trade at weekly markets.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited are hosting their project through Headspace Townsville, a service for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs. The project will involve a therapeutic arts program for young people aged 12-15 years and 16-25 years. This will culminate in an arts exhibition, and the printing of a series of wellbeing cards promoting mental health and wellbeing in the community.

Mates4Mates is a service supporting current and ex-serving ADF members and their families who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service. Under their funding Mates4Mates will host ongoing activities for veterans and their families to create a large scale artwork that will be mounted in the Family Recovery Centre. The project aims to encourage community connection and social wellbeing in a friendly creative environment.

Totally & Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association provide support, comfort and camaraderie to ex servicemen and women who suffer permanent disabilities as a result of service in Australia's defence forces and  extend support to the community, schools, families and carers. The group will use this funding to enhance the capabilities of their Volunteer Practitioners or Advocates to assist Veterans seeking compensation and income support. The program will help disabled ex-ADF members navigate the sometimes difficult income support process and get them the help they require.