Grants up for grabs for seniors groups

Personal trainer, Kamini Pillay, gets the first group of seniors in Beaudesert moving with a smile.
The recent senior’s health and social program started in Beaudesert is an example of the government's  Seniors Social Isolation funding initiative.

Seniors support groups across the Scenic Rim will have the chance to share in an extra $2.5 million each year in grants aimed at preventing our older residents from becoming socially isolated.

The grant funding is in addition to the Queensland Government’s existing $4.1 million annual investment in 42 Seniors Social Isolation Prevention Services that connect older people to each other and to their community.

Older Queenslanders can be more vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness because of mobility and health issues, loss of friends and family, living alone or restricted income.

The grant funding will be used to increase the footprint of Seniors Social Isolation Services across the state, as well as to establish a peak body to support those services and provide advice on the effectiveness of services and other issues.

The services will reach out to local seniors experiencing social isolation or those at risk, including those living in regional and remote areas, and encourage them to engage in activities to improve their quality of life and social connection.

Existing services offer a variety of activities from yoga, Tai Chi and line dancing to craft and board games, bare foot bowls, lunch groups and events where older Queenslanders can receive information and advice on other services and supports in their communities. 

Some services also identify and co-ordinate volunteering opportunities for seniors in their local communities.

Minister for Seniors Charis Mullen said older Queenslanders had made incredible contributions to our state and  we want to ensure they live in a place where they feel connected, cared for and celebrated for their contribution.

“We also want to see them live their best lives, which is why these grants will fund practical support for seniors at risk of being socially isolated,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity for organisations to contribute to the wellbeing of older Queenslanders by providing services and activities that bring people together.”

Seniors Social Isolation Services are designed for people aged 60 years and over and First Nations peoples aged 50 years and over who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing social isolation.

For further information on seniors social isolation programs or to apply for a grant, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/seniors-social-isolation-grants.

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