Supporting and connecting seniors to essential services and social activities
Seniors card information video in Dari.
The Community Participation for Seniors from Emerging Communities project aimed to build capacity and capabilities of seniors from six target communities: Sudanese (Dinka), Ethiopian (Amharic), Somali (Somali), Burmese (Karen and Chin), Filipino (Tagalog) and Afghani (Dari). The project engaged with these groups in the Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham and Greater Dandenong local government areas (LGAs) and surrounding areas to support them to access and participate in Victorian seniors support programs and services.
The project’s objective was to build capacity and capabilities of seniors from the six emerging culturally and linguistically diverse communities to access and participate in support health and wellbeing programs and services. The Australian Unity CALD Alliance Advisory Group initiated and supported the project as mentors, and was critical to its success.
- A project advisory committee met quarterly to receive reports and provide input into the ongoing development and delivery of the project. The committee included six representatives from the Australian Unity CALD Alliance Advisory Group, a community representative from each language group,and a representative from the Department of Health and Human Services
- An educational consultant was appointed to co-design training resources with bilingual community educators (BCEs) and the Project Advisory Committee.
- BCEs were recruited and trained.
- BCEs provided outreach to seniors in their respective communities to raise awareness of the Victorian Seniors Card and other relevant senior social supports.
Total project cost including evaluation $100,000.
Next steps will include wide publication of resources and promotion of their adoption in future CALD community education initiatives through relevant stakeholders such as Ethnic Communities’ Council Victoria, COTA Vic, Local Governments and Public Libraries Network.
For more information about this project please contact EBereded-Samuel@australianunity.com.au or visit www.australianunity.com.au/about-us/cald