Thursday, April 25, 2024

City of Cockburn wins top Seniors honour

The City of Cockburn has been named the WA Age Friendly Local Government of the
Year for 2022.

The City’s commitment to the wellbeing of its ageing population was formally recognised at
the 2022 WA Seniors Awards.

The Council on the Ageing Inc and Department of Communities award was announced
by Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Don Punch at a special awards presentation.

The City was selected for its commitment and support for seniors through the development of its Age Friendly Strategic Plan (AFSP), the first of which was developed in 2008.

The Council says it is currently undertaking a review of its AFSP and will again seek input from the local community to help ensure seniors in Cockburn feel valued, have optimal
opportunities for good health and active participation and a sense of security, inclusion
and accessibility while they age in place.

City of Cockburn Head of Community Development and Services, Karoline Jamieson said the City’s commitment to older people over the last 15 years has been extraordinary.

“The City established its very popular Seniors Centre, which has more than 1,200 members, a community men’s shed, installed more than 90 pieces of public exercise equipment and is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities,” Ms Jamieson said.

“It also had a significant targeted response to the pandemic, to increase social connection among the community’s senior residents during a time of unprecedented social isolation and increased anxiety and health concerns.

“It was identified that members of the seniors centre were in danger of isolation from what was their only social outlet when the COVID-19 state of emergency was declared and all City activities and services were temporarily closed due to lockdowns. 

“Seniors centre volunteers established a Friendship Group for members of the centre and it still operates today as a proven way for people to form sustainable, long-lasting connections and friendships.

“It hosts an enthusiastic core group of participants including those who may otherwise have found it difficult to form social connections.

“These members now collaborate on weekly activities to prevent loneliness including community outings, catching up with one another for a cuppa and a chat, and giving each other a call. These connections have made all the difference,” she said.

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