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Australian Defence Force (ADF) families who have provided essential support to the defence community have received a funding boost under the Government’s Family Support Funding Program (FSFP).

Federal Member for Gippsland and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said East Sale Family Group received $35,290 under the program, which enables defence families to connect and interact with each other and the community in a variety of ways.

“Defence families make significant sacrifices and this funding will go a long way to ensure they are supported and connected with the local community in Sale,” Mr Chester said.

“I congratulate East Sale Family Group, which I know do great work supporting defence families to take part in group activities in the local area.

“The project aims to facilitate programs and activities designed to make everyone feel welcome and encourage participation allowing families to settle into the area quickly and require little or no previous experience to participate.

“Activities include open days, family fun days, wellness events, book club, playgroup and online programs.”

East Sale Family Group is one of nine not-for-profit organisations to receive funding which had been affected by the challenges of this year to provide programs and activities that support the wellbeing of ADF families.

The funding provided through the FSFP is available to community organisations to deliver support and services of value to defence families and the community they live in. The grants are managed by the Defence Community Organisation which provides a wide range of programs, information and assistance for defence families.

The grants program is managed by Defence Community Organisation which provides a wide range of assistance for Defence families. Defence families can contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information on accessing community resources.

For more information visit the Defence Community Organisation website: www.defence.gov.au/dco.

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