Strengthening Seniors Inclusion and Participation in Local Communities (SSIP)
Strengthening seniors’ inclusion and participation addresses social isolation and loneliness of older people in local areas by building the capacity of local community-based organisations to reach out and better respond to the needs and interests of older people.
The project responds to the findings of the report of the Commissioner for Senior Victorians: Ageing is everyone’s business – a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians. It works with local community based organisations in seven locations across Victoria to enable them to maximize opportunities and offerings available to older people. Learning from the program will be shared across interested community sector organisations through state-wide forums and information sharing.
enliven was successful in its submission to be one of the seven projects funded for this work. With a focus on the Greater Dandenong municipality the project is supported by a local Project Leadership Group comprising representatives of:
- Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)
- Greater Dandenong Library
- Dandenong Neighbourhood House
- South Eastern Legacy
- Greater Dandenong Council
- Monash Health
- Uniting AgeWell
- Regional Diversity Advisor
The Project Leadership Group has been meeting since March 2017. An initial workshop was conducted to identify potential projects and since then two projects have commenced with a third in the planning stages.
As the projects advance information will be promoted across the enliven networks.