Ballan and District Community House has been working with CASI, the Moorabool Shire’s Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative, that was funded by the Victorian Government for COVID-19 Community support.

We had high hopes to receive a grant, applied for by CASI, to start food support from the Ballan Community House and other social initiatives. Unfortunately, due to the enormous number of funding applications, the CASI application was not successful, but there are other plans afoot to ensure our community is supported through our volunteers and their organisations, Heart of Ballan (HoB) is a vital part of this project.

CASI pooled its resources to support The Neighbour’s Place in Bacchus Marsh with Christmas Hamper preparations and delivery for the Moorabool Shire. Ballan Community House put its hand, ‘and paw’ up, to deliver hampers in Ballan and surrounds.

The Ballan Community House received a very crucial $5,000 grant from the Bendigo Bank – Ballan & District Community Bank Branch’s Community Grant, to increase the capacity of our Commercial Kitchen to prepare and serve the planned weekly community meals to those in our area who have been isolated over many months of this year, due to the COVID lockdown.

HOB (Heart of Ballan) plans to start these luncheons early next year, (COVID permitting) at the Mechanics’ Institute, with a team of volunteers with specialist expertise.