Funding win for seniors

By Ewen McRae

Melton seniors will soon be better connected thanks to a new state government grant.

Local MP Steve McGhie last week announced that Melton City Council’s Community Activation and Learning will receive $75,000 as part of a statewide grants package to strengthen seniors involvement in the community and reduce social isolation and loneliness.

A total of 20 community-based and local government groups and organisations across the state will share in $700,000 in grants for similar projects.

The funding will support five innovation projects focused on increasing opportunities for seniors to get involved and addressing barriers to participation through community partnerships.

A further 15 will replicate already successful community projects in new locations. Projects include a walking soccer program, a cultural singing group, a storytelling and meals program, and community networks with volunteers.

“Isolation and loneliness are significant issues for older people,” Mr McGhie said.

“This grant will help provide the social connections older people need.”

Disability and ageing minister, Luke Donnellan, said he was proud to support the senior community of Melton.

“I’m very pleased to support this great local initiative, one of 20 across the state that will help seniors stay connected, healthy and well,” Mr Donnellan said.