Hub to be point of con­tact

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

LUKE Gar­swood wants to make Con­nect Vic­to­ria Park into a cen­tral point for older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive has wel­comed $50,000 of fund­ing per year dur­ing the next three years from the Town of Vic­to­ria Park for the Vil­lage Hub project.

The pro­posal would see the or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­pand its ser­vices and cre­ate the first Vil­lage Hub in WA.

“The money will al­low us to em­ploy a vil­lage hub co-or­di­na­tor and it will in­volve the cre­ation of activities and re­sources such as in­for­ma­tion about re­li­able trades­peo­ple, lo­cal health in­for­ma­tion, power of at­tor­ney, wills and more,” Mr Gar­swood said.

“The activities will be de­signed on what they want, whether that’s more tai chi like we al­ready run or if it’s special activities.”

Mr Gar­swood said he hoped the project would help older peo­ple with the chal­lenges they faced.

“Older peo­ple are often treated as one group but there are two or three gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple and their needs vary,” he said.

“We know that as peo­ple age they ex­pe­ri­ence chal­lenges such as so­cial iso­la­tion, main­tain­ing pur­pose or los­ing their part­ner and so we think they need a ser­vice that meets their needs.

“The base numbers of older peo­ple in Vic­to­ria Park is in­creas­ing and as den­sity in­creases there will be more older peo­ple liv­ing here.”

Mr Gar­swood said although they only had fund­ing for three years from Jan­uary 1, he an­tic­i­pated that the project would con­tinue af­ter­wards.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the ob­jec­tives of the Vil­lage Hub were aligned with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Age Friendly prin­ci­ples and would as­sist the coun­cil to demon­strate that it was a leader in sup­port­ing the lo­cal age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“More than 22 per cent of the Town’s pop­u­la­tion are aged 55 plus, with pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions in­di­cat­ing that there will be up to 12,800 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in this age bracket by 2036,” he said.

Among the goals of the Vil­lage Hub are to:

Be­come a con­tact prob­lems to solve is­sues im­pact­ing mem­bers’ in­de­pen­dent liv­ing and well-be­ing

Pro­vide ac­cess to af­ford­able phys­i­cal, cre­ative and so­cial activities

Pro­vide ac­cess to re­sources and in­for­ma­tion on rel­e­vant is­sues r

Link to lo­cal vol­un­teers who can pro­vide small amounts of help

Sup­port re­fer­ral to spe­cial­ist home care providers, aged care and as­sess­ment ser­vices.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473083

Con­nect Vic­to­ria CEO Luke Gar­swood wants to cre­ate a hub that would pro­vide activities for the older gen­er­a­tion.

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