The ACT Government has announced funding for 12 new projects that will tackle social isolation among older Canberrans.
Over $85,000 has been made available for the projects as part of the ACT Seniors Grants Program, which provides funding to individuals and groups to develop activities that will promote positive ageing and social inclusion.
The successful applicants include a number of innovative projects, such as a theatre program which will celebrate the lives of older people in performances at public places and in local schools.
Another project in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong will encourage isolated older men to use their practical skills and experience to mentor younger men.
The capital territory’s Minister for Ageing, John Hargreaves said he was encouraged by the diversity and innovation among the proposals
“The ACT Government is especially keen to fund initiatives that will encourage and support older Canberrans to participate in community activities – and allow them to share their skills and knowledge,” he said.
“A number of the projects will also assist community groups to build their capacity to provide services to older Canberrans, as well as include them in decision making.”