Rural communities receive support for local ageing programs

'Balonne Buddies' was an intergenerational buddy project in Surat Qld, funded in the previous round of CARA.
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Bendigo, 7 December November, 2017:  The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 17 recipients of more than $230,000 in funding to help address gaps and improve aged care services in rural areas of NSW and Victoria.

The funds come from the 12th round of the Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grants program, thanks to the generosity of Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation (for Victoria) and the Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones (for New South Wales projects).

Most requests were to support equipment, furniture, activities and infrastructure, and most grants were for less than $5,000 but four larger grants were awarded in Victoria.

Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO, said that the need for local support for projects that improve aged-care facilities, access to vital health services and wellbeing programs remains strong.

“This round, we funded a number of projects designed to keep elderly residents actively engaged in the community. The flexibility of the grants means that local communities can address the same challenges in the way that best suits them. For example, Girgarre in Victoria will use the funds to purchase iPads and computers and run workshops about using them, thereby enhancing social connectivity and life-long learning. Meanwhile, in Warren, NSW, they are focussing on fitness and the grants support age appropriate exercise equipment.

“We are also delighted to be helping to bring the Silver Memories radio service to older residents in Sea Lake, Ouyen and Seymour, in Victoria. This $20,000 grant will enable delivery of a 24/7 satellite radio providing age-appropriate music and access to related extension activities.

“These types of initiatives have many follow-on benefits, including improving local engagement and mental health,” said Ms Egleton.

“As usual, we also funded a number of grants for equipment in local aged care facilities, such as purchasing three electronic beds for Warren Family Health Centre. Other projects were focussed on addressing a gap, such as purchasing a vehicle to support independence and facilitate access to medical, social and other appointments.

Full details of the projects funded are below:




Amount Awarded

New South Wales - funded by the Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones

The Warren Family Health Centre

A Leg Up

Improving accessibility and dignity for patients attending the Warren Family Health Centre by purchasing three electronic beds for consulting rooms.



Warren Shire Council

Keeping Warren Seniors Working!

Increasing health and wellbeing for seniors in Warren through the provision of age appropriate exercise equipment.



Victoria – small grants - funded by the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation

Ballan District Soldiers Memorial Hospital & Hostel Inc

Activity Courtyard Project

Improving the quality of life for residents, staff and visitors by developing a safe, secure and appropriate outdoor space for socialising and other activities.



Baptcare Ltd

Getting a lift: expanding elderly residents’ comfort of care

Providing increased care and support to residents by purchasing lifting chairs that aid staff and volunteers in assisting someone after a fall.



Donald Learning Group Inc

Mobile Seniors

Supporting older residents’ independence and access to medical, social and other appointments through the purchase of a community vehicle.



Girgarre Community Group Inc

I.T. for Seniors

Supporting older residents’ social connectivity and life-long learning by purchasing iPads and computers for use in workshops to explore social media and other online resources.



Glenelg Shire Council

Dementia Resources Library

Improving the quality of life for people living with dementia through the development and production of resource kits that will be loaned through the local public library.



Kyneton Community & Learning Centre Inc

Old Timers can be Gold Timers – Ageing volunteers caring for the community

Enhancing the volunteering experience for older volunteers through the purchase of kitchen and gardening equipment, keeping them involved and active in the community.



Nagambie Healthcare

Let Us Grow Together

Building a more socially inclusive community through the purchase and construction of a hot house in the grounds of the local bush nursing facility, enabling delivery of a sustainable intergenerational gardening program.



Paynesville Men’s Shed Inc

Don’t Die With Your Music Still Inside You!

Improving mental health and social outcomes for older men in the community by delivering an instrumental music program at the local men’s shed.



Rex Theatre Museum Limited

Morning Melodies at the Rex

Enriching and enhancing the lives of older members of the community by delivering a curated program of live arts events in an accessible, comfortable venue.



Victoria – large grants - funded by the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation

Anam Cara House Colac Inc

Dying to be at Home

Enhancing end of life community care by providing professional support to families and carers of people with life-limiting illness.



Cobden District Health Services

MoJo Cinema

Improving social engagement and cohesion through the development of an accessible entertainment venue at the local aged care facility.



Kyabram District Health Service

Living My Life My Way - In Comfort

Improving the comfort, safety and wellbeing of residents through the purchase of new bedroom furnishing that are fit for purpose.



Loch Sport Community House Inc

Keeping Loch Sport Mobile

Supporting community engagement and participation through the purchase of a new community vehicle that will meet travel needs of elderly residents.



Music Broadcasting Society of Queensland Limited

Bringing the Silver Memories radio service to rural Victoria

Enhancing the quality of life of aged care residents through the delivery of 24/7 satellite radio providing age appropriate music and access to related extension activities.

Sea Lake, Ouyen, Seymour


Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital

Doctors for Yack - A sustainable medical clinic for aged care and local community

Establishing a reliable and high quality medical and allied health service in Yackandandah, ensuring continuity of care.




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