Sunday, February 25, 2024

WA pledges $220k for positive ageing efforts

The WA Government is set to make a total of $220,000 available to 18 local organisations and councils to help implement age-friendly and positive ageing strategies.

WA Seniors and Ageing Minister, Don Punch (pictured) today announced the recipients of the State Government’s Age-friendly Communities Grants Program for 2022-2023.

The program fosters the development of age-friendly communities, where people are respected, feel safe and have opportunities for social, cultural and economic participation in community life as they age.

“Age-friendly communities strengthen community support and increase inclusion to ultimately benefit the whole community. People are supported to continue living with meaning, purpose and value,” said Minister Punch.

“The Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants Program encourages innovative strategies and pilot projects, to test new ways of achieving age-friendly communities.

“While local governments play a big role, it’s also gratifying to see many community organisations receive funding under this program.”

Eligible organisations were able to apply for grants to support age-friendly planning and implementation of community priorities and recommendations.

Among the funded projects was a monthly Wellness Café in the cities of Melville and Canning, which received $13,600 to promote activities to enhance healthy ageing.

An adapted sports program in the South West received $12,400 for providing seniors an opportunity to try accessible sports such as walking football, tennis and softball, and a $7,800 grant was awarded to a digital connection program.

The Marionettes and Memories program run by Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, will use their $15,000 to engage seniors with puppetry in a relaxed, fun, and meaningful way.

The Age-friendly Communities Grants Program is being administered by Local Government Professionals Australia WA.

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