Helping Senior Victorians To Keep Healthy And Connected

The Andrews Labor Government is helping improve the health and wellbeing of senior Victorians who are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the Seniors 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 Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“Older Victorians have been there for us for much of our lives and it’s so important we’re there for them too.”

“We know that social isolation and loneliness can be a real problem for older Victorians, and they deserve so much better – that’s why this program is so important.”