Victorian seniors in Wyndham will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a $4,890 grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

This funding will support a local community organisation, Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities, to promote and facilitate socialisation amongst participants, alleviating social isolation, as well as broadening their horizons in expanding their knowledge of the leisure activities available to them.

This grant will assist the organisation in running monthly workshops of 12 participants that will focus on building the capacity of participants to positively influence their personal mental and physical health.

The Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors grants, with 54 grants worth $304,000, have been awarded to local community and multicultural organisations across the state to support people at risk of isolation.

There are grants of up to $5000 for single organisations to run an initiative, or up to $10,000 for more complex projects that may involve several organisations.

The one-year grants are going to organisations representing 50 different cultural groups across the state, ranging from the Cook Islands to India, Serbia and the Horn of Africa.

The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

 “The grants play a valuable role in raising awareness of the community supports that are available to senior Victorians in Wyndham.”

“Older people from multicultural backgrounds can become quite isolated in terms of their ability to communicate and participate in the community – these grants are a great way to help them establish a link to their community and celebrate their culture.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas

 “These grants will provide multicultural seniors in Wyndham with the confidence they need to thrive and be involved in their local community.”