Grants to keep older South Australians engaged

Thirty two South Australian community organisations will share in more than $75,000 as part of round two of the 2014-15 Grants for Seniors program.

 

Minister for Ageing Zoe Bettison said Grants for Seniors supports community organisations to purchase equipment or run activities specifically for seniors.

 

“The Grants for Seniors program helps and encourages older South Australians to become more involved in their community and to participate in a range of activities,” Ms Bettison said.

 

“Projects funded through this grant program encourage participation by seniors which helps to reduce social isolation and vulnerability.

 

“Round two of the program has seen one-off grants of up to $5000 provided to 32 organisations to help them create or extend opportunities for older people to engage in social activities.”

 

In total, $76,433 has been allocated in this Grants for Seniors round to organisations across South Australia, some examples are:

  • Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club will purchase equipment to enable older South Australians to horse ride

  • Elms Lifestyle Retirement Village Residents' Association Inc will purchase an indoor bowls mat lifter to make playing bowls easier

  • Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc will use new technology to share stories between the generations.

The outcomes of these grants align with the key priorities of Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019 – health, wellbeing and security; social and economic productivity and all-ages-friendly communities.

 

For further information about Office for the Ageing Community Grants see www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/seniorsgrants

 

24 March 2015.