Circular 37/24 Apply for Veterans’ Health Week funding

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has confirmed that Veterans’ Health Week will be held from 13 – 20 October 2024. As well as promoting good health and wellbeing, this year’s theme ‘Keep Connected’ shines a spotlight on the importance of social connectedness.

RSL sub-Branches are encouraged to facilitate local Veterans’ Health Week activities to bring veterans and their families together, and can apply for a one-off federal government grant of $1,000 to support an event in your community.

Plan a Veterans’ Health Week activity 

Events for Veterans’ Health Week can be held between 1 – 31 October 2024, and must include a link to the ‘Keep Connected’ theme and an informative/educational element, such as a presentation, to be eligible for funding.

Based on the range of popular activities hosted by sub-Branches as a part of the RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program, ANZAC House makes the following suggestions to spark ideas for your event:

  • An exercise physiologist to take participants through a routine and speak about how to stay connected to movement year round
  • A dietician to lead a cooking class and provide guidance on nutrition, then deliver meals to veterans in the local community
  • An art or craft class that incorporates a presentation about the positive impact that art and craft activities can have on mental health
  • An event to learn a new team sport – connect with current-serving members from a local base, and invite them to form a team
  • An accessible and inclusive activity, like a scavenger hunt, that encourages teamwork, and involves neighbouring sub-Branches from your District

To discuss event ideas, please reach out to the RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program Coordinators at ANZAC House or the NSW DVA Community Support Adviser via CSA.NSW.ACT@dva.gov.au or (02) 9213 7224, who can answer questions about Veterans’ Health Week, and may be able to provide suggestions or inspiration for your activity.

Applications for Veterans’ Health Week funding are now open via the the DVA website and close 30 August 2024.

RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program  

Sub-Branches can promote their Veterans’ Health Week activities by adding them to the Sport & Recreation Program calendar on the RSL NSW website. The program is now the largest of its kind in the nation, with 71 sub-Branches across NSW delivering activities to engage their local veteran community, improve physical and mental health, and reduce social isolation.

If you have an idea for an event, funding support is available through the RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program to assist sub-Branches with the delivery of local activities, all year round. To find out more about the program, please contact your friendly Member Support team via support@rslnsw.org.au or 1300 679 775.