Age-friendly Communities Social Connectivity Grants have been awarded across the State as part of the WA Government’s WA Recovery Plan. Up to $15,000 has been awarded to 21 grant recipients, sharing in a total of just over $248,000.
Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray congratulated the recipients of the Age-friendly Communities Social Connectivity Grants Program and highlighted the importance of initiatives that prevent older people from experiencing isolation and reduce the risk and occurrence of elder abuse.
The grants program will see programs delivered in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Great Southern and throughout metropolitan Perth.
A diverse range of exciting projects will be delivered including an IT program supported by the Obbo Community Development Association of Western Australia to help older people stay connected with friends and families, a regular seniors coffee club run by the Shire of Narembeen promoting inclusion and community connection, and a 10-week seniors fitness and well-being program in the Shire of Bruce Rock.
Since its inception, the existing Age-friendly Communities Grants Program has contributed nearly $1 million in funding to local governments and community organisations across the State. In 2019-20, the program also included projects that promoted dementia-friendly communities.
A list of the successful grant projects can be viewed below, while further details about the Age-friendly Communities Grants Program can be found online.