Innovative programs will support seniors to stay connected with their communities during COVID-19.
Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said more than $700,000 in grants have been awarded to 24 organisations across NSW to deliver programs which help reduce social isolation among seniors.
“It is important for seniors to stay at home to protect their health but we want to avoid an epidemic of loneliness as an unintended consequence,” Mr Lee said.
“That is why we welcome these innovative programs which will keep seniors active and connected to their communities from the safety of their own homes.”
Initiatives include a social network focused on sustainable gardening, dance classes delivered online or over the phone, and a call centre to co-ordinate the supply of support such as pre-cooked meals and warm clothing for the elderly.
The successful applicants in the Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors During COVID-19 grants program were chosen to roll out programs across NSW immediately.
“Loneliness and social isolation are growing concerns for our ageing population and can have a devastating impact on mental health,” Mr Lee added.
“With so many seniors now missing their regular social activities due to COVID-19, we are re-thinking the way we foster positive social outcomes for older people.”
Social inclusion is a key priority of the NSW Ageing Strategy and is part of the NSW Government’s key commitment to meet the needs of our ageing population.
For more information on successful grant recipients go to: https://bit.ly/30cpvon