The Positive Vibes Foundation have collaborated with The Hills UPmarket, a boutique, local dog friendly event where family and friends can catch up, have a coffee, grab a bite to eat, shop and relax in an outdoor environment. The market is held on the 4th Sunday of each month at The Terraces at the Castle Hill Showground, with 60+ quality stalls.

Both our organisations share common themes and objectives – we want to advance the Hills District community’s wellbeing through programmes and events; proactively promote community engagement and participation in lifestyle and wellness activities with particular focus on mental health; and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Most importantly, we both have a passion for dogs as companions to help with our mental wellbeing – Coco will be there!

The UPmarket event attracts hundreds of people every month and has thousands of followers on Facebook. This helps PVF get its mental health message to as many as possible in the community. Our stall will have information on mental health and services available, staffed by mental health professionals.

We hope, in coming months, to have regular talks at UPmarket on mental health, dogs, helping businesses rise from COVID, and other talks of community interest.