BUILDING A MORE LIVEABLE COMMUNITY
North Coast National MP’s Thomas George, Geoff Provest and Ben Franklin today announced $100,000 in funding for an innovative project that will make benefit older people and make communities more liveable.
“The Liveable Communities Grants Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to creative projects that help older people stay healthy, stay connected, get or keep a job, or live in their community close to family and friends,” Mr George said.
Feros Care will pilot and evaluate the outcomes, experience functionality and enjoyment of a virtual centre prototype with up to 192 housebound and residential clients on the Far North Coast.
Co-designed with seniors, the virtual centre will enable participants to link, interact and participate in a range of social, education and cultural online activities.
“The NSW Government’s vision for seniors is for them to be able to live active, healthy and happy lives,” Mr Provest said.
“We congratulate Feros Care on its successful grant application and for taking the initiative to make a positive difference to the lives of older people in our community,” Mr Franklin said.
Liveable communities enable all people, regardless of age or ability, to lead active, independent, healthy lives and access their community freely and safely.
The NSW Government made an election commitment to provide $4 million for the Liveable Communities Grants Program over four years.
Jennene Buckley, CEO of Feros Care said “Feros Care is determined to protect seniors against social isolation. This funding will play a significant role in delivering our Virtual Seniors Centre technology, which is designed to keep people connected to their family, friends, community, and will offer a wide range of online classes and workshops and special interest groups.”
Projects were assessed on their innovation, their understanding of community and their potential for creating sustainable long-term solutions to issues affecting older people.