Age Friendly Project

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What does an Age Friendly Moorabool look like?

A number of Age-Friendly Ambassadors have been engaged to be involved in an Age-Friendly Project in Moorabool Shire from March until October 2018. The Ambassadors will assist in the delivery the project, and help to raise the profile of positive ageing in Moorabool.

The Age-Friendly Project aims to improve the age-friendliness of communities by:

  • Consulting with individuals and groups within their communities
  • Workshopping information, needs and opportunities
  • Helping to identify and drive some funded local projects in Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Bungaree
  • Helping to raise the profile of positive ageing and of Moorabool as a great place to grow old in
  • Providing information and advice to Council

Moorabool Shire Council and its Age-Friendly Ambassadors met with community groups, organisations and individuals within the community asking older residents to complete a survey or quick question postcard to let us know how we can work together to make Moorabool a great place to grow old in. Think Tanks provided further ideas gathered through the community consultation. A number of local Age-ility projects were identifed and developed in Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Bungaree.

As a result of the Think Tanks the following projects are being funded by the Age Friendly project;

Strategy Outline of project  Resources 
Recruitment to an Age Friendly Project Worker Recruitment of a Project worker completed in January 2018. An Age Friendly action plan was developed by January 2018. Developed program logic evaluation framework. Engaged a consultant to assist with the evaluation process. Six Age Friendly Ambassadors were recruited and Community Engagement Plan developed.
Ambassador Program Ambassadors have met with individuals and groups within their communities to provide opportunities for inclusion in our community consultation process. Ambassadors participated in the consultation and planning processes. Ambassadors provided leadership within the community Think Tanks to assist with facilitation and engagement of participants.
Development of Positive Ageing Facebook page A very active Positive Ageing Facebook page was established and currently has a reach of 2000 people per week; averages about 213 engagements per week and 108 likes for the page. This has been a portal for information related to Positive Ageing activity within Moorabool Shire Council.
Bungaree newsletter and local directory The purpose of the newsletter is to better inform the community regarding groups, services, events and what’s on in the community and is currently in its infancy stages including the formation of a committee to develop the community newsletter.
Bungaree noticeboard The Bungaree community noticeboard requires rejuvenating and Moorabool Shire Council are currently in the process of developing an agreement with the general store owner to mount a weather proof community notice board in a location that is visible and managed with contemporaneous information.

 

Ballan community newsletter To inform the community about current information through a dedicated newsletter and directory, with community input. A community newsletter committee has formed which ensures contributions from local groups on a bi-monthly basis.
Be Connected IT program The program was able to expand upon a voluntary service provided through our library service, to include and roll out the Be Connected program to other areas within Moorabool Shire. Response to the program to date has been positive.
Age Well live well Access and Inclusion plan The extensive community consultation generated a number of ideas that informed the Age Friendly funded Age-ility projects but in addition informed the draft Age Well Live Well and Access and Inclusion (AWLW A&I) plan which has been developed using the WHO Age Friendly eight domains as guidance. The draft plan has been endorsed by Council for public exhibition.
Bungaree outreach healthy eating active living project A partnership has been developed with the Ballan District Health and Care to implement an outreach Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program facilitated by a dietitian and exercise physiologist over a 6 month period in the Bungaree community. The program will be evaluated to determine the effectiveness and ongoing needs of the community.
Social Housing project Moorabool Shire Council has a Housing strategy that includes a planned Social Housing project. The Active Ageing and Community Access Manager has linked in with the strategic planning department of Council to progress the actions in the Housing Strategy that impact on older people.
  •  Briefing for Social Housing project - to be added 
Moorabool Shire Council Community directory Age Friendly Ambassadors have been instrumental in identifying what content is required from an older person’s point of view to form a community directory. The Age Friendly Ambassadors are in the process of collating the content.  
Media reports  The Age Friendly project kept the community informed via its webpage; media releases and Facebook page.

 

For more information please contact the Age Friendly Project Officer on 5366 7100 or info@moorabool.vic.gov.au.

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018 - 20:58