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Helping Ballarat seniors to keep healthy and connected

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison MP

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

The Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, is encouraging local community groups to apply for funding as part of the Labor Government’s Senior Participation Grants, which will help support older Victorians remain involved in their community, reducing the risk of social isolation and loneliness.

Ms Addison said innovation grants of up to $75,000 are available for new community programs that give seniors an opportunity to mix with others.

“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,” Ms Addison said.

“We want to work together to prevent loneliness and social isolation in older people living in Ballarat. These grants will support projects that keep seniors healthy, well and connected in their community,” she said.

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 find out more go to www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/participation-grants.

Applications close on the 8th of April, 2019.