Building an inclusive peninsula

Published on 14 November 2017

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Mornington Peninsula and Frankston City communities are invited to take part in two community events focusing on encouraging greater inclusion of seniors in our communities. 

The Seniors Social Inclusion Project is a partnership project between a number of locally based organisations and is led by Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council.

The project is focused on improving connections and referral pathways as well as enhancing the culture of community organisations.

It aims to achieve this by identifying, training and resourcing community volunteers to act as community connectors to support socially isolated individuals.

Initial consultation occurred with local organisations, groups and clubs who formed the Project Leadership Group to discuss aims of the project and to encourage recruitment of volunteers for the program.

The next stage of the project is to provide training and support to local clubs and groups on how to promote a welcoming culture.

On Wednesday 29 November, community groups are invited to attend a Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Seniors Clubs and Group Networking Forum where they can connect with other groups in the region and learn more about the importance of social inclusion.

The forum will provide information to assist groups to better promote their events, form partnerships, attract and recruit new members, share resources and most importantly, learn about how local government can better support their club.

If you enjoy engaging with people and have knowledge or interest in community activities and groups, we have a course for you!

Another way to further your passion for social inclusion is to become volunteers for a social support program aimed at assisting older residents to access social activities and groups.

Volunteers, known as Community Connectors, will receive comprehensive training about supporting people to engage in new activities. Availability is flexible and less than two hours per week of commitment will be required. 

Juanita Aitken, a Community Connector, said volunteering has been second nature to her and it is something she’s extremely enthusiastic about.

“As you get older it is important to build connections and friendship networks. Volunteering provides seniors a way to meet new people and learn something new every day,” concluded Juanita.

If this interests you, an initial training session will be held on Wednesday 6 December where you will be provided with a resource pack, ongoing support and training.

EVENT DETAILS

Mornington Peninsula Seniors Clubs and Group Networking Forum

Wednesday 29 November 2017, 10am – 1pm
Peninsula Community Theatre – 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington

RSVP or request transport assistance by Wednesday 24 November by contacting:

Community Connectors Training Session
Wednesday 6 December 2017, 10am – 1pm
Camp Manyung – Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza
To RSVP or learn more contact Project Officer Catherine on 5950 1672 or catherine.freedman@mornpen.vic.gov.au by Wednesday 24 November.

These events are being hosted by Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council, in partnership with local organisations and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.