Friday, June 21, 2024

Queensland seniors group funding on offer

Applications are now open for organisations across the state to apply for a share of $2.5 million each year between 2024–25 and 2028–29 in grants aimed at preventing older Queenslanders from becoming socially isolated.

Organisations of all sizes that can help older Queenslanders to feel more connected, supported and active within their communities are encouraged to apply, said Minister for Seniors, Charis Mullen.

“I was honoured to join older Queenslanders on the Gold Coast this month to see first-hand the benefits that a seniors social isolation program brings,” the Minister said.

“I know many of the organisations that may apply will be small not-for-profit operations, often run by volunteers and well established in their communities.

“Giving them financial support will enable them to provide practical and crucial support for seniors at risk of experiencing social isolation.

“We value the incredible contributions older Queenslanders make to our state and their wellbeing is one of our highest priorities.”

Minister Mullen said applications were particularly being sought from organisations in places where limited services are available for older Queenslanders to improve social connections, and from community-controlled organisations supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older peoples across the state.

“Social isolation among older people can have a profound impact on their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. It can lower a person’s quality of life, increase feelings of loneliness and worsen existing health conditions,” she said.

“Seniors social isolation services can help improve outcomes for older people by supporting them to connect with others and their communities.”

The new funding is in addition to an existing $20.5 million investment over five years that currently supports 42 existing providers of Seniors Social Isolation Services across 25 Queensland local government areas.

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