Initiatives to support Indigo residents
STARTING this month Indigo Shire residents will be able to access two new programs that support health and wellbeing.
Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting program that will see trained volunteers make a regular phone call to participants to share conversation and catch up.
Alongside Indigo Calling, shire residents will be able to contact volunteer ‘community connectors’ who are trained as go to people in their communities for people to contact for assistance to find services and activities in their area.
Both initiatives were prioritised and then developed by the people of Indigo Shire as part of Indigo Shire Council’s Indigo Ageing Well project and were supported by an Age Friendly Victoria grant from Department of Health and Human Services.
Local health services Beechworth Health Service, Indigo North Health and Yackandandah Health will deliver the program which will be available for free for residents of all Indigo Shire towns.
Indigo Shire Council mayor Jenny O’Connor said she was thrilled to see the new programs take shape.
“The community was consulted, and they told us that these projects are a priority to help keep people included and connected in their community as they age,” she said.
“We know that isolation can be an issue for people as they age in rural communities.
“A simple action like a phone chat or having a person help you to find the services you need can make a big difference.”
The programs will be launched next week at Yackandandah Health (August 6 at 10am), Beechworth Health Service (August 8, 2pm), and Indigo North Health at Chiltern (August 9 at 10am).
If you would like to know more or would like to participate in the Indigo Calling or the Community Connectors program contact your closest local health service:
Beechworth Health Service: (03) 57 280 200.
Indigo North Health: (02) 6033 6200.
Yackandandah Health Service: (02) 6028 0100.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Chiltern residents Glenda Burke (left) and Pat O’Connor (second right) with volunteer coordinators Marianne Thompson of Beechworth Health Service and Maree Murphy from Indigo North Health.