Community organisations across the state have been given an $800,000 boost to deliver 19 projects to strengthen South Australians' resilience and well-being in response to the impacts of COVID-19.
Among them are Parndana Bowling Club, which aims to become a welcoming hub for the community to reconnect as they struggle to recover from bushfires and COVID-19.
The club's $13,500 Wellbeing Fund grant will assist in implementing new initiatives, such as Pilates, young mums and catered-for events, and targeting diverse population groups the club will be encouraging and welcoming new users to try both bowls and the facility in different ways.
Ladies Bowls on KI starts on Thursday, October 1 with all clubs playing at Parndana.
Open Gender Bowls starts with Patrons Day on October 5 and their first game on Saturday, October 10.
The Wellbeing Fund is part of the Marshall Liberal Government's ground-breaking new well-being strategy, Open Your World, launched to provide further support to South Australians after an unprecedented start to 2020.
The 19 successful community-based projects have received individual co-contribution grants between $10,000 to $100,000 and will help people of all ages across both metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.
One example of a successful project is a partnership with ACH Group to deliver the "Stay in the Game" program to engage older South Australians in online videogaming and simultaneous voice chat, enabling physical activity, social engagement, goal-setting and achievement from home.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, who has overseen the development of the well-being strategy alongside Wellbeing SA, said the Open Your World Wellbeing Fund is targeted at community-based projects to build well-being and resilience.
"In this time of uncertainty, our priority is to ensure the immediate and ongoing health and well-being of South Australians," Mr Speirs said.
"The unprecedented start to 2020 is having a significant impact our way of life and while the restrictions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic are only temporary the effect on our mental health and well-being could be much longer.
"These projects will be delivered by community groups, NGOs and Local Government to boost South Australians' well-being and strengthen resilience."
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said successful projects promote physical activity, create connection through arts and culture and link up people in their local communities.
"The Well-being Fund projects are wide ranging from engaging older South Australians in online videogaming, to a youth-led social support program at skate parks in the northern suburbs," Mr Wade said.
He said it was part of the government's strong plan to keep South Australians safe and healthy during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
"Our Open Your World well-being strategy will provide a single source of well-being information for South Australians and bring together government and non-government organisations."