Seniors across the state will benefit from a new community initiative to increase their social participation opportunities due to a $700,000 Victorian Government funding package.
A wide range of community initiatives are part of the package designed to strengthen seniors involvement in the community and reduce social isolation and loneliness.
A total of 20 community based, local government ethno-specific and multicultural groups and organisations across the state will receive grants for similar projects.
The funding will support five innovation projects focusing on increasing opportunities for seniors to get involved and addressing barriers to participation through community partnerships.
A further 15 will replicate previously successful community projects in new locations. Projects include a walking soccer program, a cultural singing group, a storytelling and meals program, and community networks with volunteers.
As many as one in ten older Victorians experience social isolation and loneliness. Lower incomes, a lack of support and caring responsibilities can all contribute. Life events such as the loss of a partner, retirement or illness can further impact on older people’s wellbeing.
Find out more about Seniors Participation Grants here.
Successful grant recipients are:
Australian-Filipino Community Services
Love in Any Language Community Performing Arts Program
Name: Benalla Rural City Council
Project: Connecting Benalla Seniors
Name: Cardinia Shire Council
Project: Age Friendly Communities - Neighbourhood Connectors Project
Name: The Centre for Continuing Education Inc (Sport North East)
Project: Sport North East Walking Football Project
Name: City of Stonnington
Project: Improving older men connections to existing social and health programs
Name: Church of All Nations
Project: Church of All Nations and Senior African Storytelling, Community Meals and Health and Well Being project
Name: Cobram Community House
Project: CobCab - Connecting our community
Name: Coonara Community House Inc
Project: Community connectors and Talking Cafes for Knox
Name: Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Project: Flemington Seniors Health & Happiness Project
Name: Frankston City Council
Project: Age Friendly Frankston Ambassadors
Name: Gateway Community Services
Project: Pop-Up Social Café - Community Connections
Name: Nillumbik Shire Council
Project: Nillumbik Over 55s Connect
Name: South West Healthcare (SWH)
Project: Lismore Derrinallum Safari Lunch Project
Name: Wingate Avenue Community Centre
Project: Leisure & Lifestyle for Seniors
Name: Yarra Ranges Council
Project: Connecting the Dots project
Name: Boroondara City Council
Project: Culture Connections
Name: Knox City Council
Project: Engaging our older LGBTI community to facilitate safety, participation and inclusiveness
Name: Melton City Council — Community Activation & Learning
Project: Engaged and Active Seniors
Name: Wodonga City Council
Project: Increasing pathways for community connection for seniors in Wodonga
Name: Yarra City Council
Project: SeHANS (Seniors Healthy Active Network Support)