Independent Living Assessment (ILA) is seeking expressions of interest from Australian communities and organisations interested in setting up a Village Hub.
The initiative, designed as part of the Australian Government’s Seniors Connected Program aims to relieve loneliness and social isolations among older Australians by creating these new social and community hubs.
The Government wants to trial 10 village hubs, with grants to support them and they’re expected to run from 2021 to 2024.
The Village Hubs will provide a diverse range of member-led social activities which could include any of the following:
- Physical: walking groups, excursions and fitness classes
- Social: trivia, fundraising events, teas, lunches and dinners
- Learning: guest speaker programs, digital skills mentoring
- Arts and cultural: art classes, book club, choir
The Village Hubs Activity involves working with communities to fund the establishment of at least 10 Village Hub projects across Australia to provide pathways for residents to improve mental health through increased social connections.
Could a Village Hub be an advantage in your village?
For more information or to express your interest, click here.