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Australian Trust For Conservation Volunteers

The Green Gym project offers the opportunity for physical fitness, social inclusion and skills development for older people. Participants will be offered training and support through a range of practical projects, giving the opportunity to tackle physical tasks in the outdoors – improving strength and stamina, boosting practical skills and confidence, and benefiting local community green spaces.

For more information, contact Madeline Townsend on 0404 828 903 or

Bathurst Community Transport Group

BCT will work with the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders to plan a yearly calendar of when they would like to visit other Aboriginal Communities, sites and events. BCT will employ an Aboriginal driver to provide the transport, which would be a cultural benefit to these activities. BCT would use its own vehicles where possible to provide the transport and would conduct the coordination for the transport. BCT will work with the Elders Group to publicise activities, which they believe would encourage more people from our Aboriginal Community to participate and assist them with connecting with community.

For more information, contact Leonie Schumacher on (02) 6331 3322 or

Charles Sturt University (Bathurst)

This project explores the skills, resources and decision making that were mobilised by people ageing in place or choosing a rural retirement in the Central West. In making an initial scope of people in small communities of Blayney Shire, the researchers will look for strength-based strategies used to adjust to age or develop new networks essential for future well-being. We will interview both long-term vulnerable elderly rural residents and retirees seeking affordable options. They will be invited to inform a five-year plan to develop inclusive strategies, in collaboration with Blayney Council and community groups.

For more information, contact Dr Ann Lazarsfeld-Jensen on (02) 6338 4269 or

Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)

The funding from this grant will be used to recruit older people living in aged care facilities to work with Charles Sturt University academics. This partnership will develop resources to facilitate residents to participate in teaching and learning about ageing. Further, open source support material will be developed for educators to assist in incorporating older people as part of their education program and will be available online through the CSU website.

For more information, contact Professor Mary Kelly on (02) 6933 2578 or

City Of Canada Bay Council

The Men’s Tech Shed project aims to empower older men from the diverse community in Rhodes to form social connections while pursuing common interests in learning, and working on technology-based projects. Men’s Sheds have been shown to improve the overall health of older men, an outcome resulting from relationships and community connection. The newly developed Learning Space at the Connection in Rhodes will offer access to high-tech and maker-space equipment. The shed’s focus will be participation in learning programs aimed at sharing skills and learning from each other while encouraging community involvement and connection.

For more information, contact Joy Suliman on (02) 9911 6548 or

Council Of The City Of Shellharbour

The Women’s Housing Options Shellharbour project aims to bring women together to determine the extent to which older single women are facing a looming housing security and affordability crisis in Shellharbour, and start working on solutions. A forum will be held to inform women about local options and creative solutions from around the world, capture women’s attitudes and feelings about some of those alternatives, and determine the potential for future forums, focus groups, workshops, and networks that will help empower women to identify and address the issues for themselves.

For more information, contact Aileen Gleeson on (02) 4221 6170 or

Ethnic Communities Council Of NSW

The Good Neighbour (GNP) project will engage our older community members to support the growing number of refugees and migrants settling into Australian community life. The project will harness the value, knowledge, experience and capacity of our older volunteer migrants and refugees who will use their own experience and learning to provide new families with a friendly 'Good Neighbour', and assist them in their own settlement journey. Through matching volunteers and families, the volunteers will assist to create positive connections; foster community integration; address isolation; improve accessibility to local community events, activities and services; and create stronger local community ties.

For more information, contact Terrie Leoleos on (02) 9319 0288 or

Federation Council

This social innovation project is a response to the social and demographic challenges being faced by this regional council. It aims to find innovative ways to create a positive experience both for retirees undergoing transition to retirement and the surrounding community. It will also address the challenges of increased social isolation due to a disconnect between locals and those migrating to rural areas.

For more information, contact Kristy Kay on (02) 6033 8999 or

Holbrook Meals On Wheels Service

The Seniors Gentle Exercise Programme focuses on Falls Prevention as well as social inclusion and interactions among peers. The programme will focus on inclusion for all seniors, and physical ability or disability is no barrier to participation. Sessions will include strength and balance exercises, and gentle stretching techniques. Sessions will be held twice weekly. To foster social inclusion we will offer transport to and from the sessions, and the sessions will be followed by morning tea for all. Guest speakers, such as dietitians, podiatrists, physiotherapists, etc. will be invited on a monthly basis to help educate and further foster social interaction among participants.

For more information, contact Sue Winnett on (02) 6036 3677 or

Illawarra Retirement Trust

The Age-Friendly Illawarra Alliance (AFIA) is seeking to develop and implement a region-wide age-friendly action plan consistent with the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, for the Illawarra to become Australia's first age-friendly region. The first step is to join the network and form a consolidated commitment to implementing an age-friendly action plan. An audit of existing features against the eight domains of an age-friendly city will reveal the target areas for the region and inform the implementation plan. The plan will include defined indicators to allow measurements of the action plan's outcomes.

For more information, contact Natasha Debsieh on (02) 4221 8642 or Toby Dawson at

Justice Connect

While legal remedies exist to address elder abuse, many people experiencing it seek legal advice very late, when responses can be costly, difficult and stressful. Numerous barriers exist to older people seeking legal advice, including failure to recognise their problem as a legal one, particularly when family or carers are involved. However, evidence exists that older people are more likely to disclose such a ‘life’ problem to their health professional where a trusting relationship exists. Integrating a lawyer into a health setting means they are on hand to offer timely advice when such problems are disclosed.

Justice Connect received a 2015–16 Liveable Communities Grant to scope this project and identify a partner. We are well underway in this phase and will be ready to test the pilot by February 2017. This will involve the lawyer commencing work at the health centre, undertaking training of health professionals to help them better identify elder abuse, and providing advice and assistance to patients.

For more information, contact Yvonne Lipianin on (02) 8599 2111 or

Meals On Wheels Central Coast

Pets provide much-needed companionship for many older people and contribute to their healthy ageing; however, the financial and physical burdens of pet ownership are prohibitive for many. ‘Meals on Wheels for Furry Friends’ will help reduce some of the burdens of pet ownership for older people in our community by providing low-cost, nutritious pet food, delivered to their homes by supportive volunteers. This will help to keep older people together with their much-loved pets, enabling them to continue accessing the companionship and proven health benefits of pet ownership for as long as possible.

For more information, contact Lisa Colquhoun on (02) 4357 8424 or

Penrith City Council

The Village Café is a new offering for the community of North St Marys, providing opportunities for older residents to connect with each other, access fresh produce, consolidate their knowledge and explore new ways of improving their wellbeing as individuals and as a neighbourhood. A dynamic group of service providers will encourage older residents to empower themselves around health and wellbeing. The open-air pop-up café program will spark a relationship with older residents. This growing relationship will be key as we explore the stories, skills and knowledge of local people. We will invite residents to get involved in the roll out of the Village Café – co-designing activities and informing interventions based on their experiences. We will test things. We will test community leadership – sharing stories, skills, recipes, habits and activities – and we will test creative capacity – support the known talents of residents and encouraging their emerging artistic skills.

For more information, contact Heather Chaffey on 0407 297 830 or

Penrith Skills For Jobs Limited

The Coffee Connection Project is a partnership between JobQuest, Living Care and local schools. It is an opportunity for older people with disabilities, illness and dealing with bereavement, in aged care facilities, to build positive relationships with community. Students from local high schools plan, set up and deliver a pop-up café service and activities for 6 Living Care Facilities across NSW. Given the increased likelihood of social isolation and difficulties faced in interacting with the outside community, older persons with disability are the demographic for which the project caters.

For more information, contact Andrew Tipping on (02) 4960 9024 or

Playgroup Association of NSW

PGNSW will establish best practice community-based intergenerational playgroups in four dementia specific sites in NSW. The playgroups will use an innovative volunteer community-based model, which will see them run by local parents and a worker and resident from the aged care facility. This program will see the development of best practice guidelines and CQI tools so this model can be replicated to create sustainable community-based intergenerational playgroups across NSW and Australia.

For more information, contact Karen Van Woudenberg on 0408 410 464 or

The Trustee for Magcorp Investment Trust

discoDtours Moove and Groove project will create and deliver 12 sessions of silent disco musical therapy experience to people suffering with dementia and also incapacitated residents in aged care facilities. Instructors transport participants on a magical music journey by using the latest silent disco wireless technologies to listen and move to their favourite tunes from the 50s and 60s. All participants report feelings of happiness, joy and social connection. They are transported as powerful memories are evoked from their younger years. This unique program delivers both mental and physical health benefits to participants.

For more information, contact Alison Harrington on 0416 210 187 or

The University Of Newcastle

This project will produce an easy-to-use checklist for older adults based on real-life examples of the needs and experiences of older people, and their expectations of future housing. Using a participatory action research framework, key informants will be engaged to refine and develop the checklist for use by older people and those assisting older people in making housing decisions. The checklist will be piloted and evaluated with older adults living in Newcastle. We will be capitalising on research already conducted by our team in order to refine and develop the checklist fully, for application in the real world.

For more information, contact Meredith Tavener on (02) 4921 5944 or

University Of Technology Sydney

UTS and AGNSW will extend a best-practice Art Access Program into the community, with the support of local councils and service providers, to reach people living with dementia and their carers, who may not normally be ‘gallery goers’ or mobile. Participants will engage in structured activities in response to artworks selected from the AGNSW collection, providing opportunities for self-expression, socialisation and normalcy. Participants will be supported to create artworks that will be showcased at AGNSW and in NSW community centres. Online resources and a tool-kit will support and extend the program’s reach into the community.

For more information, contact Dr Gail Kenning on 0414 332 676 or

Upper Hunter Shire Council

The ‘eCoFit’ randomised controlled trial integrates smartphone technology, social support and the outdoor physical environment to improve health-related fitness among adults 60 years and Older. eCoFit is an evidence-based intervention that increases community PA levels and usage of parks and facilities, as well as improving mental health. This project will test and grow the extent of intervention within a rural regional context. In partnership with Upper Hunter Shire Council and University of Newcastle, this project aims to positively influence the over-60 demographic within the Upper Hunter Region's population.

For more information, contact Nicole Western on (02) 6540 1194 or

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Last updated: 18 Apr 2018