Seniors living across the Altona District are set to benefit from a $300,000 funding package from the Victorian Government.

Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy today announced that Hobsons Bay City Council 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 Hobsons Bay City Council will help it to offer appropriate alternatives to compete with gambling venues, by interrupting the normalisation of gambling, providing intergenerational socialisation and mentoring, and digital literacy workshops.

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 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.”

“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.”

Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy

“We’re very proud to fund this fantastic local project to help build the social connections needed to benefit older people in our community.”