A new community initiative to better support isolated seniors living in the Banyule, Darebin and Nillumbik local government areas is about to get underway thanks to the Victorian Government.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan today announced that North East Healthy Communities will receive a $80,000 grant to better support older people in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs.

North East Healthy Communities will partner with local councils and community groups to address barriers to participation for local seniors over the next two years. This will include consulting with older people, their carers and local experts to develop and trial new approaches in each area.

Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines said that while there are several social opportunities for older people in the Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs, it has been identified that there are many seniors who do not engage in local activities.

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP

“Older people tend to look to their local community for opportunities to get involved and we want to make it easier for seniors to find support that meets their needs.”

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.”

Quotes attributable to Petra Begnell, Executive Officer, North East Healthy Communities

“Older people most at risk of social isolation can be the hardest to find and hear from.”

“We are excited to be drawing on community and innovation to strengthen social inclusion

and participation with the most isolated seniors.”