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Keeping multicultural seniors active in the community


Melbourne: The Andrews Labor Government is helping seniors from culturally diverse backgrounds get involved and stay active in their communities.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced 54 Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors grants, worth more than $300,000, an official press release said on June 28.

The grants of up to $10,000 will go to community and multicultural organisations across the state to support people at risk of isolation.

They will fund a wide range of activities including transport assistance, outings, English classes, fitness classes, and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music.

The grants also focus on improving communication links for people at risk of isolation, such as teaching them how to use Facebook and set up social media groups.

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.

Foley said, “These grants are a great way to help seniors from multicultural communities stay active, connect to their community and celebrate their culture. Older people should be able to access high quality support, when they need it, close to their homes – regardless of their cultural background. The grants play a valuable role in raising awareness of the community support available to senior Victorians.”


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