The Andrews Labor Government is helping improve the health and wellbeing of seniors in Northern Victoria who are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp is encouraging local community groups to apply for funding as part of the Labor Government’s Senior Participation Grants, which will help support senior Victorians remain happily involved in their community, reducing the risk of social isolation and loneliness.
Innovation Grants of up to $75,000 are available for new community programs that give seniors an opportunity to mix with others doing the types of activities they enjoy.
Mr Donnellan also launched an online toolbox of resources designed to make it easier for community groups to replicate successful projects. The Labor Government will supply replication grants of up to $25,000 to roll those projects out.
Successful initiatives that feature in the toolbox include a Mount Alexander community bus driven by volunteers, a community singing group helping Chinese seniors learn English, and a social group for socially isolated Burmese men.
One in 10 senior Victorians experiences social isolation and loneliness. Life events such as the loss of a partner, retirement, relocation or illness can also impact on an older person’s wellbeing.
The Labor Government’s $700,000 Senior Participation Grant Program will focus on projects that help prevent loneliness in older people, by building on community partnerships.
Grants are open to local government, community-based agencies, multicultural and ethno-specific organisations, Aboriginal organisations, LGBTIQ services, local clubs and community groups.
To apply or find out more go to Seniors Online: www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/participation-grants
The online toolbox is available at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/toolbox
Applications close on 8 April.
Quotes attributable to for Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“An older person’s ability to live independently depends on many factors including their health and wellbeing, family and community support and the environment they live in.”
“We want to work together to prevent loneliness and social isolation in older people living in Northern Victoria. These grants will support projects that keep senior Victorians healthy, well and connected in their communities.”