2017 IRT Foundation Community Grants awarded
3Bridges Community Limited - Seniors with Dementia Move and Grove program is a new an innovative project that will offer a range of movement and musical therapies for people living with dementia, focussing on people from CALD backgrounds in the Sydney region.
ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc - Chinese Harmony Club will promote active ageing for seniors with a focus on health and re-enablement in the Chinese Community of Canberra. The project will draw upon traditional Chinese cultural activities and innovative technology to build an integrative framework for the program.
Australian Foundation for Disability - Social Activities for Elderly People with Disabilities and High Support needs will encourage ageing People with Disabilities who attend programs across Afford's Organisation the opportunity to participate in a number of social activities in their local communities, enabling them to form new friendships and activities in their transition to retirement years. This project will introduce ageing clients with disabilities to new projects such as walking groups, book clubs, exercise club garden clubs and internet workshops.
Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Inc - YOUR Meeting Place: Young & Old Uniting & Relating will reinvent their already popular community lunch held each Wednesday to broaden the experience beyond just ‘providing a nutritious meal’. The lunch will expand to include entertainment and activities supporting the social, physical and psychological needs of older members of the community whilst encouraging and enabling them to maintain their independence and ultimately stay in their own homes longer.
Bundanon Trust - 60+ Performance-Heads Up will develop an interactive performance event with older residents of the Shoalhaven Heads community, including those who have a lived experience of depression and anxiety or who are vulnerable to mental ill health due to social isolation. A core team of professional artists will guide participants through community consultation, interviews, creative development, performance making and a public presentation. Participants will combine their knowledge, life experience and expertise to challenge the stereotypes and perceptions of what it means to be old or older and to celebrate the richness of lived experience in all its forms through the power of contemporary performance making.
Legal Aid ACT - Elder Assistance Outreach Program will allow Legal Aid ACT to create an outreach solicitor position in the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit of The Canberra Hospital. The solicitor will work collaboratively with existing Canberra Hospital social work staff to provide direct, holistic, on-the-ground advice to older Australians experiencing, or in danger of experiencing, elder abuse. This provides the chance to reduce, or prevent the abuse from occurring.
Milton Ulladulla Men's Shed Incorporated - Learn to Participate will provide much needed computing facilities to support workshops with on-line resources, such as instructional videos and briefing notes, on site. The workshops enhance members' social relations and participation and while building self-esteem and confidence for presenters as they share their expertise.
Nowra and Bomaderry Meals on Wheels Service Incorporated - Wheels to Meals program provides monthly restaurant outings for socially isolated seniors in the Shoalhaven region. A different venue is selected each month to allow for variety of surroundings and fare. This much-needed service would have been cut without IRT Foundation funding.
Polio Australia Incorporated - Polio Health and Wellness Retreat will provides a four day residential program where up to 70 polio survivors and their families/carers are introduced to self-management strategies for the post-polio body, the healthy mind, and the spirit. This ‘crash course’ on the Late Effects of Polio also provides workshop facilitators with 'lived expert' knowledge to share with any other polio patients/clients they may see in future.
Warrawong Residents Forum - Cooking on a budget is a 12-week course for seniors from a disadvantaged area of NSW, who will be learning how to cook healthy, delicious meals on a budget. After the course is finished, participants will continue to meet once a month to cook and socialize together.
2016 IRT Foundation Community Grants awarded
Kiama Municipal Council - Dementia Friendly Kiama Project extends on the award-winning Dementia Friendly Kiama project for a further 12 months to implement intergenerational programs, work with local businesses to support Dementia Business Action Plans and the translation of lessons learned into a 'Dementia Friendly Communities Resource Kit'.
Wild Rumpus - Pass It On is a program that works with older community members who are interested in passing on skills in cooking, craft, building, practical life skills and general knowledge to teach a Wild Rumpus Skillshare workshop.
Cancer Council NSW - Connecting Communities Volunteer Expo Provided a one-stop source for volunteers to explore new volunteer opportunities, develop new skills and get advice on how to get more out of their volunteering experience. Watch the videos on what its like to contribute as a volunteer.
Pedal Power ACT - Cycling Without Age is getting older people with limited mobility out and about on bikes to the community around them with volunteers (pilots) taking passengers on specialised electric assist ‘rickshaw’ bikes for trips.
Caresouth - Grandparents Pilot Program is based on CareSouth's Aunties & Uncles program which has been running for over 20 years. CareSouth will support a carefully selected and trained volunteer 'grandparent' to spend time with a vulnerable young person on a regular basis, providing positive mentoring.
Holdsworth Community Inc - Staying Connected implemented the 'Circle of Support' concept to create a model that identifies the current connections people with dementia have with their community while to explaining dementia and how it affects them to those connections. Their final report indicated the usefulness of the model to map social contacts and community connections as well as structiring the conversation to help people expand their social connectedness.
Narooma Men's Shed - Tooling a metal workshop provided metal work equipment, skills sharing and a safe working environment for shed members and the benefit of members and the local community.
St Georges Basin Health & Community Transport Service - Maz's Tours organises monthly excursions for potentially isolated older community members on unique and inclusive social outings - sightseeing, Op Shop discoveries, morning tea and luncheons, movie and lunch, garden tours, singalong and quizzes, and many other activities.
Buderim Men's Shed - An ICT Intervention to Alleviate Social Isolation Among Seniors provides professional training through customised learning plans to coach members to competently use email, Skype, social media and internet searching as a tool to engage with family, friends, the wider community, government and other agencies.
Illawarra Older Women's Network Wellness Centre - No Worries ran a series of workshops for vulnerable older women, particularly recently bereaved, to teach strategies to look for the positives in their lives and to realise the value of their own worth through age appropriate activities.
Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative - Use it, don't lose it is an activity program for older people from older disadvantaged and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background in Campbelltown to improve their physical, mental and social quality of life.
2015 IRT Foundation Community Grants awarded
Arcadians Theatre Group – Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir expanded the music repertoire and upgraded performance uniforms. The Lamplighters Male Choir is made up of 70 retired senior men ranging in age from 66 to 91.
Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation – Capturing Culture engaged Aboriginal children and young people with Elders to record and illustrate their stories and wisdom. A selection of works will be published and displayed at a public exhibition and a range of products will be produced for sale.
Illawarra Festival Chorus - Musical Equipment and Uniforms were updated for this important social engagement group. Members are mostly seniors and perform in aged care centres, retirement villages and day respite centres in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
Italian Social Welfare Organisation of Wollongong – Be Happy, Be Healthy provided dance and music classes for seniors with a public final performance. A video resource was developed to increase wellbeing and cultural integration and encourage active ageing.
Shellharbour City U3A – Lifelong Learnings classes in computer use and/or social media for senior members were provided to enhance social interaction.
U3A Network NSW – Brain Games Project developed resources to conduct regular U3A classes to encourage mental agility in older people through exercises to stimulate different parts of the brain.
U3A Northern Illawarra – Technology Improvements computer upgrade to allowed for speakers' requirements and additional microphone to allow members to better hear presentations and debates.
William Beach Day Club - Expanding Horizons for Dapto Seniors This grant provices assistance with costs to transport seniors to meetings and events. The William Beach Day Club provides a non threatening environment for social interaction for Dapto Seniors who are lonely, have a disability or have problems with mobility, are isolated, housebound or whose carers need a break.
Alzheimer's Australia NSW – Aboriginal Dementia Yarn Ups gave local Aboriginal Elders culturally sensitive information about how to reduce the risk of dementia. Resources providing a greater understanding of brain health and reducing dementia risk were promoted through tailored events and the Alzheimer's Australia memory van.
Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels Cooperative – Shade for 'Out & About' provided expansion of the 'Out & About' program to include outdoor activities. The 'Out & About' program aims to reduce social isolation in older people.
Narooma Community Choir – Music Library allowed acquisition of copyright licensed music/lyrics to ensure inclusiveness of older members with memory retention issues or learning difficulties.
Lions Club of Batemans Bay – Lions Den Access Project installed an access ramp, made repairs and installed security lighting at Batemans Bay Lions Club's meeting rooms, to ensure all members can fully participate in activities. Almost 90% of members are over 55 and benefit from a meeting place that is accessible and functional, encouraging social interaction and community participation.
The Probus Club of Batemans Bay – Purchase of Laptop, Projector & Screen helped to deliver the speaker's message at monthly meetings and essential to IT volunteers teaching seniors to reconnect with communities via electronic devices. About 90% of the club membership is aged 65 or above and many feel left behind by the digital revolution and disconnected from their community.
Lake Tabourie Ratepayers & Residents Association – Lake Tabourie Seniors Recreational Scenic Walking Pathway created of a 'scenic walking pathway' for seniors and senior walking groups by enhancing the pathway along the lake foreshore recreational reserve. Both seniors and young people volunteered on this project encouraging an intergenerational transfer of skills and respect.
Ulladulla & Districts Senior Citizens' Social and Welfare Club – Carpet Bowls Mats replacement allowed the Club’s activities to continue. 85% of the Club’s membership are over 60 years of age and carpet bowls encourages social participation and an active lifestyle.
YMCA of Canberra – YMCA Seniors Sports Carnival 2015 conducted a one-day sports carnival of modified sports for people, mostly aged 80 to 100+, who are residents of aged care centres or attend age care day programs.
Australian Pensioners & Superannuants League Caloundra – Fun Walk for the Over 50's Families and Friends This annual Fun Walk and Information Forum encourages social inclusion, community volunteering and active ageing for the over 50's is a one-of-a-kind event on the Sunshine Coast.
iDcare – iDcare Intergenerational Socialisation Tool is a dedicated project that built and delivered an online service to help educate and inform older people on internet access and security. Partnered with University of the Sunshine Coast the project connected students with seniors to improve quality of life through social inclusion, knowledge creation and confidence building.
Campbelltown Senior Cyber Seekers – Seniors Helping Seniors provided 40+ club members with training in electronic communication to help them use digital technology to stay in contact with family, friends and necessary professionals.
Gymea Community Aid & Information Service – Multicultural Seniors Activity Club helped Sutherland Shire seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to engage in activities that promote active and healthy ageing and community participation.
For further information about applying for grants, the age-friendly domains and possible projects please contact our Foundation Officer:
P 134 478