Green Light on Mansfield Shire's Age-Friendly Communities Project
Friday, 13 December, 2019 - 12:00
Five key projects have been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and Municipal Association of Victoria to be delivered across Mansfield Shire over the next six months, as part of the Age-friendly Communities Project.
In the first half of this year, community consultation was undertaken by Mansfield Shire Council to understand the needs of adults over 55 years who currently reside within Mansfield Shire.
Mansfield Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Marg Attley, says, “Putting a focus on age-friendly communities not only improves the wellbeing of our older population, but also benefits the community as a whole”.
“Throughout the projects community engagement phase, we spoke to over 300 people and a total of 242 suggestions were made for increasing the age-friendliness of Mansfield Shire”
“The sheer number of ideas that were raised, from straight forward, short-term community-led initiatives to broader advocacy, capacity building and collaborative partnership long-term efforts demonstrates that this is an area of importance to our community”.
“We were able to work with the community to review, theme and prioritise the ideas and through the Age-friendly Communities Project we will be working with the community to deliver the following 5 key actions”, said Cr Attley
The replication of TOAST (Tolmie Offers a Seat to Town) or similar community transport program in other Mansfield communities:
An Age-friendly Ambassadors’ Program
A publication to promote the services, programs, activities and events offered for adults over 55 years within Mansfield Shire
An integrational project to support the increasing technology knowledge and skills amongst adults over 55 years
A project to increase physical activity options for adults over 55 years
“Thank-you to all the community members who participated, especially the Age-Friendly Ambassadors Sue Gardner, Adele McCormack, Rebekah Stoneman, Jane Morrissey, Denise Millott, Margaret Forster, Gail Hart and Claire McMahon, who were instrumental in the data collection”
“The breadth of the ideas generated demonstrates the community’s passion in this area and we are excited to continue working with the community in the delivery of these five projects” said Cr Attley.
Mansfield Shire Council’s Age-friendly Communities Project Officer will be looking to establish a working group for each of the five projects in order to ensure they are successful and sustainable initiatives for the Shire beyond the life of the funding.