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December 2012

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Television personality George Donikian with Lac Viet Performers Group co-ordinator Yen Bui of Ashburton Support Services at the launch of the CALD seniors grants program.

Culturally-diverse senior groups receive grants

Forty-three organisations across Victoria have received grants from the first round of new Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program.

Speaking at a special afternoon tea for grant recipients, hosted by television personality George Donikian, Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis said applications for the second round of the CALD Seniors Grants Program were now open.

‘The first round of grants saw $250,000 delivered to 43 community organisations for a wide range of projects to help older people from migrant backgrounds join in social activities.

‘Recipients included Victorian Arabic Social Services, which will start a support group for isolated elderly women, the Woomelang and District Bush Nursing Service, which will provide a monthly community meal featuring cuisines from different countries, and the Australian Turkish Association which will help Turkish seniors with gardening and healthy cooking.’

Mr Davis said older people from migrant backgrounds may be at higher risk of isolation due to lack of English and the difficulty getting information and using community facilities.

‘It is important to make sure older people from other countries, especially those who don’t speak English well, are supported to live fulfilling lives in a way that accommodates their culture and maintains social ties.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria is working with the Government to implement the grants program and will provide assistance to grant applicants and recipients.

Eligible organisations such as ethnic and multicultural community groups, seniors clubs, migrant resource centres and neighbourhood houses are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the second round of the grants program.

•             Applications for the second round of grants close on Friday March 8, 2013. For more information visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or contact the Department of Health Aged Care Branch on 9096 7389.