KEEPING SENIORS CONNECTED TO COMMUNITY

Seniors living in Wodonga are set to get better connected thanks to a funding package from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that City of Wodonga will receive $75,000 as part of the package to strengthen seniors’ involvement in the community and reduce social isolation and loneliness.

A total of 20 community based and local government groups and organisations across the state will share in $700,000 worth of funding for similar projects.

The funding will support five innovation projects focused 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.

To find out more go to Seniors Online: www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/participation-grants

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Isolation and loneliness are significant issues for older people – this grant will help provide the social connections older people need so that no one in our community misses out.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“I’m very pleased to support this great local initiative, one of 20 across the state that will help seniors stay connected, healthy and well.”