Ini­tia­tives to sup­port Indigo res­i­dents

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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