Empowering our Communities - Bugaldie Bounce Back


The Empowering our Communities grants program offers support to people and communities struggling with drought. The grants fund wellbeing initiatives, upskill workers in the delivery of mental health services and provide information and training to community leaders and members. Over the coming weeks and months the Western NSW Primary Health Network (PHN) will bring you stories of perseverance and resilience from some of the communities the program is supporting. 

Exercise the whole family can enjoy is the object of the Bugaldie Bounce Back.

Organiser Vivian Evans from 2357 Partnerships Inc said the Bounce Back hoped to encourage farmers and their families to think about their wellbeing and health, while still having fun.

“It’s about exercise, relaxation, socialising and wellbeing,” she said.

“The Bounce Back is a series of 10 exercise sessions and the same number of yoga and meditation sessions at the Bugaldie Hall near Coonabarabran.

“We’ll also be purchasing equipment to ensure the program is sustainable.”

Ms Evans said the Bounce Back also contained a training component for volunteers.

“A kind of train the trainer if you will, so it can be continued into the future,” she said.

“One of the challenges of the program was in being flexible for the trainers and the community.”