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Positive Ageing Ambassadors to present findings at community workshops

Mitchell Shire Council’s Positive Ageing Ambassadors have been busy getting to know the priorities of our senior community over the past six months, and now their findings will be presented at a series of workshops.

Seven Positive Ageing Ambassadors were selected by Council earlier this year, tasked with the challenge of identifying and developing age-friendly projects that will help make seniors feel more connected.

After six months of consulting with the community, including developing a survey with over 500 respondents, the Ambassadors’ findings will be collated and presented at four community workshops later this month.

Workshops will be held on 20 November at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre (Pollard Street, Seymour), 21 November at Wallan Family and Children’s Centre (corner of Queen and Stanley streets, Wallan), 22 November at Broadford Hall (113 High Street, Broadford) and 23 November at John Taylor Room (12 Sydney Street, Kilmore).

Each workshop is from 1.30-4pm and will give community the chance to understand the findings and brainstorm potential project ideas that will help Mitchell Shire to become more age-friendly.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the Positive Ageing Ambassadors had put in many hours of hard work while consulting with the community.

“The number of people who responded to the Positive Ageing Survey shows just how hard the Positive Ageing Ambassadors have been working to get around to our senior community and see what issues they are being faced with,” Cr Sanderson said.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the consultation and where the Positive Ageing Ambassadors and the community can take that information and turn it into practical ways that can improve the quality of life for our older residents.

“It would be great to see community groups and organisations attend the sessions and put their hands up to work alongside the Positive Ageing Ambassadors and drive these projects, with the support and guidance of Council.

“Anything that can be done to make life easier and more enjoyable for our senior residents and make them feel more included is a great thing”.

The Positive Ageing Ambassadors program has been funded by a Victorian Government Age-Friendly Communities grant.

For more information on the workshops, please contact Council’s community development team on (03) 5734 6200