City of Maribyrnong project event held at Pipemakers Park.

Three new community initiatives have each received $80,000 as part of the Strengthening Seniors Inclusion and Participation program. The program seeks to improve community-based support for older people who often look to their local community for ways to connect.

These organisations have received a grant to prevent isolation and loneliness in older people, specifically focusing on projects that increase local support, and reach out to culturally diverse and LGBTI seniors respectively.

The successful organisations are: 

North East Healthy Communities 

North East Healthy Communities will receive a $80,000 grant to better support older people in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs.

Focusing on isolated seniors living in the Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik local government areas, the project will partner with local councils and community groups to address barriers to participation for local seniors over the next two years.  This will include consulting with older people, their carers and local experts to develop and trial new approaches in each area.

Greater Shepparton City Council

Greater Shepparton City Council will partner with the Shepparton and District Ethnic Council and other groups to address barriers to social participation for culturally diverse local seniors over the next two years.

Greater Shepparton is one of Victoria’s most culturally diverse regional cities with over 14 per cent of people born overseas.

Switchboard Victoria

Switchboard Victoria will partner with Transgender Victoria and Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care and other groups over the next two years to inspire mainstream to be more inclusive, and to support the safety and wellbeing of LBGTI seniors.

Australian and international evidence highlights significant barriers to ‘belonging’ for older LGBTI people compared to the general population.

To find out more about past Strengthening Seniors Inclusion and Participation initiatives visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/ssip