Seniors living in the Colac region are set to benefit from a $300,000 funding package from the Victorian Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Community Hub Inc in Colac will receive a $75,000 grant as part of the package to strengthen seniors’ involvement in the community and reduce social isolation and loneliness.
The grant for Life and Farming in Colac Otway will help the organisation to connect retiring farmers in the rural community to services, programs and social activities to support the transition from farming to town-living, using senior mentors who have made the transition.
Four organisations across the state are receiving grants to support seniors connect to their local community over the next two years as part of the Seniors Participation Grant Program in 2019–2020.
The funding will support innovative, local projects that are designed to reach out to socially isolated or vulnerable seniors and improve their health and wellbeing.
Around 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.
The projects are funded through a targeted submission process and will focus on supporting seniors’ groups, retirees, women from newly arrived and emerging communities and culturally diverse seniors.
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“There are many factors that can impact a person’s wellbeing as they age. These grants will support older people locally so they can stay connected, healthy and well.”
“We’re very proud to fund this fantastic local project to help build the social connections needed to benefit older people in our community.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“I’m very pleased to support this great local initiative to help reach out to seniors in the community and prevent isolation and loneliness.”