The social calendar in Liverpool just got busier with the NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program providing opportunities for local seniors to get active and stay connected.
State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said Liverpool City Council successfully acquired an $8,300 grant to host a free ‘Seniors Tea Break’ across two days where our local seniors’ community are able to enjoy a High Tea, entertainment and an exhibition of local service providers.
“This grant is an opportunity for older people in our area to get out into the community and be social, happy and active,” Ms Gibbons said.
“Seniors in our region lead the way as role models, carers and volunteers. We want to see them continue to be active participants and valued for their contribution.”
Almost 80 projects were selected across the state, adding to a diverse schedule of activities including social dances, educational workshops and health programs.
The grants program had three categories covering small, community-run activities with grants up to $1,000, to large-scale programs with grants of up to $10,000.
This year, accessibility was in focus with many programs incorporating an online option to allow more seniors to participate.
“There has been a real emphasis on online engagement for seniors during the last year and these options will help older people join the fun,” Ms Gibbons said.
Successful recipients will hold local programs and activities during the NSW Seniors Festival, which runs 13-24 April 2021.
Acting Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee, said the program aims to give all older people the chance to be part of the NSW Seniors Festival.
“For more than 60 years, our seniors have joined the Festival’s activities and programs, which foster innovation for healthy ageing,” Mr Lee said.
“Staying connected is pivotal to wellbeing, so we’ve backed local initiatives to help reach seniors no matter their language, location or mobility level.”
Learn more about the NSW Seniors Festival at: www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au