NEMA set to roll out visitor program
THE North East Multicultural Association (NEMA) will partner with MiCare to offer migrants over the age of 65 living in the Ovens Valley, regular oneon-one visits from friendly volunteers.
A morning tea and information session to let people know about MiCare’s Visiting Programs will be held tomorrow from 10am-12pm at the Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre on Prince Street.
NEMA president Susan Ingleton said she could not stress enough how important it was elder migrants remained connected with their communities.
“There children might have moved away or work all day so they can become very isolated, especially those living on farms or out of town,” she said.
“A lot watch television or listen to radio from their home country so it is important they have someone from this country who can tell them what’s happening around the area as well.”
Ms Ingleton said it was not uncommon for older migrants to revert back to their first language with old age, making English communication vital so they are able to continue their strong relationships with English speaking relatives, neighbours and friends.
Those who may be interested in becoming a volunteer visitor are also encouraged to attend the morning tea.
“Lots of young people don’t have grandparents close by so it’s really important for social cohesion and personal development to have those three generational interactions,” Ms Ingleton said.
Myrtleford has a high density of ageing migrants making the program particularly important.
“NEMA has had a lot of experience with the older migrants here across the last few years but this is the first time we have partnered with MiCare,” Ms Ingleton added.
“It’s great to be involved with a bigger organisation so that even when we can’t get a visitor we can arrange for an over the phone.”
All information will be supplied at the morning tea where questions will also be answered.
Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling 1 800 88 2678 or email ss1c@micare. com.au.