New community directory available for seniors

Published on 21 June 2019

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The Town of Victoria Park has partnered with local organisations Connect Victoria Park, Harold Hawthorne Community Centre and SwanCare to develop a community directory of groups and services for people aged 55 years and over.

The directory, 55+ in the Park, is part of a collaborative project supported by the Department of Communities through the Age-friendly Communities Innovation and Implementation Grants Program.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the directory is a useful resource for the community, with services and groups categorised into seven suburb groups as part of the Town’s ‘place approach’.

“This is especially important for our older community members, as they can find out information on everything within their own neighbourhood,” Mayor Vaughan said.

“For an older person living in St James, they want to know what’s available to them nearby in East Victoria Park and St James, as opposed to the Burswood Peninsula for example.

“They may not have access to transport, so the 55+ in the Park community directory makes it as easy as possible for them to access services and groups within the Town.”

Connect Victoria Park CEO Luke Garswood said that there was a need for this directory to promote healthy ageing.

“Ageing is a time of great transition. This directory incorporates information about how to deal with the challenges of ageing, but also how make the most of opportunities that come with retirement or not being in full time work,” Mr Garswood said.

The community directory was launched via the Town’s project partners, with all three holding launches recently, and were well attended with 50 to 60 people – including many new faces – at each event.

“The 55+ in the Park directory has been a great example of a collaborative approach between community groups and the Town,” Mayor Vaughan said.

“Working with community groups and services in a partnership has ensured the end product is a very comprehensive resource – it really is the go-to guide for anyone needing information for older people within the area.”

Mr Garswood agreed that this approach was successful, and would like to see more opportunities to do this.

“We can achieve a lot more together than we can by ourselves,” he said.

Copies of the directory are available from the Town’s Administration Centre, Connect Victoria Park’s Village Hub, Harold Hawthorne Community Centre, and SwanCare.

To view the 55+ in the Park community directory online, visit the 55+ in the Park project page.