A $100,000 grant is set to help Corangamite Shire better care for its ageing population.
The shire was one of five councils to be awarded funding through the Department of Health and Human Services and will use it to roll out a new program aimed at improving quality of life for the shire’s older people.
Aged and disability co-ordinator Jon Sedgley said the program, to be rolled out between 2017-2019, would focus on keeping older people active and socially connected.
“Funding will be used to work with local communities to determine what they need to improve the lives of older people and implement projects identified during the consultation process,” he said.
“Our project has a strong emphasis on using a partnership approach and council will partner with other organisations in the shire such as health services to achieve the project objectives.”
Over the course of the program, Mr Sedgley said said it was hoped the program would help to:
- Recognise the variety of abilities and resources of the older population
- Respond appropriately to all needs and preferences of older residents
- Respect the decisions and lifestyle choices of those aged 60 years and over
- Promote an inclusive environment for older community members in which they feel free to contribute.
For further information or to be included in the consultation process, contact Mr Sedgley on 5593 7100.
The Department of Health and Human Services Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program focuses on rural and regional Victoria, targeting projects that address quality of life for the ageing population.