A new community initiative to better connect culturally diverse seniors living in Shepparton is about to get underway thanks to the Victorian Government.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan MP today announced that Greater Shepparton City Council will receive an $80,000 grant to better support older people in Shepparton.
Greater Shepparton City Council will partner with the Shepparton and District Ethnic Council and other groups to address barriers to social participation for local seniors over the next two years.
Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria said that Greater Shepparton is one of the most culturally diverse regional cities with over 14 per cent of people born overseas.
Three organisations are receiving grants 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.
The Strengthening seniors’ inclusion and participation grants are part of the government’s approach to improving community-based support for older people who often look to their local community for opportunities to connect.
To find out more about the grants go to Seniors Online www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Our local communities see real benefits from the involvement of seniors, whatever their background. We want to make it easier for seniors to find support that meets their needs, and help provide more opportunities to get involved.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“These grants are about strengthening community connections to help protect older people from experiencing isolation and loneliness.”