Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    International Year of Older Persons grants - metropolitan

    9/06/1999 8:39 AM

    Thousands of seniors around the State will benefit from 80 International Year of Older Persons grants announced by Seniors’ Minister Rhonda Parker today.

    The second round of grants for the international year, worth a total of $200,000, will go to 42 metropolitan and 38 country community-based and local government organisations including a number of Aboriginal and multicultural groups.

    “The successful applicants include a parenting program for young mothers using seniors as mentors, a Seniors Olympics, histories of seniors including a Polish-English historical book, a Healthy Lifestyle Expo, intergenerational projects between young people and seniors, programs to train seniors in the use of technology, promotions of healthy ageing and activities to help senior carers,” Mrs Parker said.

    “The community response to these grants has been overwhelming with more than 420 applications received, a staggering 750 per cent increase on the previous round of grants, reflecting the increasing interest in this international year.

    “This shows the increased awareness of seniors issues generated by the international year.

    “The IYOP grants program will support community initiatives and projects that promote the theme for the year, ‘a Western Australia for all ages’.

    “It provides an opportunity to initiate programs to benefit Western Australian seniors of today and as well as the increasing number of seniors in the future.

    “Currently 14 per cent of the State’s population is aged 60 years or more. That will increase to 22 per cent by the year 2021 so we must start planning now to ensure that the necessary services and programs are in place to meet the demands of our ageing population.”

    The metropolitan winners by suburb, organisation and project are:

    ArmadaleCity of ArmadaleIntergenerational workshops and seniors information directory
    BayswaterCity of BayswaterHealthy Lifestyle Expo
    BayswaterCity of BayswaterHealth information seminars, intergenerational sport days and learning exchange days
    BelmontCity of BelmontRecording local history
    BentleyHilltop Hostel RowthorpeFunctions for frail aged seniors organised by local youth
    BentleyRowthorpe Nursing HomeWellness Games
    CanningCity of CanningIntergenerational events
    East FremantleTown of East FremantleIntergenerational music program
    ForrestfieldDawson Park Primary SchoolSchool to adopt 20 local seniors
    GlengarryGlengarry Primary SchoolAdopt a grandparent
    GosnellsCity of GosnellsGrey Mardi Gras Street parade
    Green HeadGreen Head Tidy TownBuild a chess and drafts covered area
    Hills areaHills Community Support GroupSeminars and workshops for managing ageing
    InnalooInnaloo PensionersLunch for members of Innaloo Pensioners Ass
    KalamundaKalamunda Zig Zag CommunityDevelop senior’s themes for puppet production
    KelmscottKelmscott-Westfield Seniors Citizen’s ClubSeniors share their history with local primary school
    KingsleyChurch of Christ HomesSeniors tell their story to secondary school students for publication
    KwinanaTown of KwinanaIntergenerational theatre project
    LathlainLathlain Primary SchoolGrandparents as teachers
    LeedervilleTown of VincentAnnual dinner for schools, business and the wider community
    Maida ValeMaida Vale Primary SchoolIntergenerational cultural program
    MaylandsFirst Polish Senior CitizensBi-lingual history book
    MelvilleMelville AFA Brass BandRural tour of the band
    Mt HawthornMt Hawthorn JPSProject involving seniors as teachers in schools
    North PerthNorth Perth Migrant CentreMulticultural celebration of IYOP
    NedlandsCity of Nedlands Family ServicesSenior Citizen of the Year Award
    PerthCatholic CareSenior carers’ honour lunch
    PerthChung Wah AssocIntergenerational activities
    PerthEthnic Child Care Resource UnitVideo of senior’s and children’s song and dance cultural exchange
    PerthHellenic Seniors GroupEvents for seniors isolated in the community
    PerthItalo Australian & Cultural CentreStudy of Italian-Australian experiences
    PerthPerth Home Care ServicesGrant a wish to a senior project
    PerthRSLVeterans and All Generations Challenge
    PerthSt Martha & Mary Orthodox Welfare AssocProject for Russian seniors to mix with young people
    PerthSalvation ArmyA night of music from a bygone age
    PerthUkrainian Senior CitizensCelebration and anniversary for Ukrainian seniors
    PerthVariety Club BashProject focussing on seniors in towns visited by the rally
    PerthWanslea Family ServicesDevelop links between voluntary foster carers and seniors
    South PerthCity of South PerthChristmas in July seniors celebration
    South PerthSoroptimist InternationalAdopt a grandchild, adopt a grandparent program
    State wideWA State LiteratureBooklet recording the life histories of seniors
    Tuart HillSouthern Districts Dance GroupMulticultural, all ages ball

    Contact details of the winning projects can be obtained from Nic Lanyon at the Office of Seniors Interests on 9220 1104.

    Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810