Young People to get a Jumpstart! on a Healthy Future

21 March 2023

VicHealth is partnering with community groups and organisations across Victoria to give 180 local ideas across the state a JumpStart! in creating vibrant, active and connected communities of young people.

JumpStart! Is a major investment in VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative focused on building healthier communities through community sport, active play, art and food programs.

Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP, was delighted to announce that Oakgrove Community Centre will receive $10,000 from JumpStart! Round 2 towards their ‘Adventure Play for little minds’ program which will help 1 to 5 year olds from disadvantage families.

Together with their parents/carers, the program will engage children in art and culturally based activities and include the use of Auslan while providing the children with opportunities to develop language and motor skills, foster connections, and to feel part of the community.

As part of JumpStart! Round 2, local organisations across the state will share in more than $3.5 million to build communities that support the health of young people.

It’s part of VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative – a $45 million investment over 3 years helping Victoria’s young people aged 0-25 and their families to build back better and fairer.

JumpStart! Round 1 and Round 2 is supporting a total of more than 300 projects with a share of just over $7.25 million right across the state.

To find JumpStart! activities, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP:

“It’s fantastic to see Oakgrove Community Centre continuing to connect to the local community through their innovations and initiatives such as the ‘Adventure Play for little minds’ program.”

“JumpStart! and VicHealth are supporting and delivering programs specifically to help improve the health and wellbeing of young people in our community.”

“I encourage young people and their families to check out Oakgrove Community Centre’s ‘Adventure Play for little minds’ program and other JumpStart! activities near them – these projects are a great opportunity to try a new skill and make new friends along the way.”

Quotes attributable to VicHealth’s Executive Manager Future Healthy Group, Sarah Loh:

“The exciting programs will support children, teens, young people and their families to reach their full health potential.”

“JumpStart! offers new activities for around 68,000 children and young people across Victoria. We’re reaching far and wide across the state – from monster-themed dance workshops in Castlemaine to circus skills in St Albans and cultural food tastings in West Heidelberg – there’s something here for everyone.”

“We can’t wait to see these programs come to life over the next 12 months.”