In August 2015 Macedon Ranges Shire Council achieved membership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Communities in partnership with other local agencies.
What is an age-friendly community?
“Age-friendly is everybody friendly” as defined by a local Macedon Ranges resident. It involves inclusive participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just physical activity (World Health Organisation).
For more information about the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Communities program, see: World Health Organisation – Age Friendly Cities.
How will we do this?
Council has developed an Age-friendly Communities Action Plan using the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Communities guide as well as research and community consultation data. Council’s Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (PAAC) played a significant role with research, consultation and in identifying priorities of the action plan.
Key areas of action identified in the plan are:
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
- Civic participation and employment
- Social participation
From December 2014 to January 2015 community wide consultation took place on the draft action plan and a (PDF, 2MB)Consultation Summary Report (DOCX, 3MB) and Consultation Summary Report (PDF, 2MB), has been developed to outline these findings.
The final Age-friendly Communities Action Plan (DOCX, 2MB) and Age-friendly Communities Action Plan (PDF, 1MB), was endorsed at the 22 April 2015 Ordinary Council Meeting.
Over 55s Connect Project
Council is launching the Over 55s Connect Project that will run until June 2018. In 2016 Council received funding from the Victorian Government to conduct community wide consultation with residents aged 55 years or more to tell us what kind of programs, activities or events would benefit them in the Macedon Ranges. Based on this feedback from approximately 150 residents, they told us that the project should aim to:
Improve the way in which the community (including Council) communicates and shares information with people aged 55+.
Increase participation in and access to support, services, programs, activities and events.
Promote and facilitate social interaction between and participation by older residents of Macedon Ranges through on-line and face-to-face methods.
From this feedback the Over 55s Connect Project was created. The following four projects will be delivered and will include:
Establishment of the Over 55s Connect Facebook page to share information about local services, support, programs, activities and events as well as create an online community for the target audience.
Coordination of training sessions in partnership with local libraries with a focus on improving skills in using technology including Facebook specific for people aged 55+.
Coordinate a series of information sessions for older residents in partnership with local and regional health service providers to share information about support, services and programs available to promote healthy and positive ageing in the shire. Sessions will include topics such as planning for retirement, planning for active ageing in Macedon Ranges, with a focus on assisting people to stay in their own homes.
Recruit and train volunteer Age-friendly ambassadors to champion and support project activities and events.
To find out more or how you can be involved, contact Rebecca Millard, Healthy Ageing Engagement Team Leader on 5422 0262 or via email@example.com
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