Connecting Over 55s grants awarded


In recognition of the importance that connection has on a person’s health and wellbeing, Nillumbik Shire Council's Connecting Over 55 Grants program supports community projects that will reduce isolation, empower, foster harmony and boost the wellbeing of older people in Nillumbik.

Grants are annually available to assist the delivery of initiatives and activities to foster social connectedness for people over 55.

This annual grant opens each financial year.

2022-23 recipients

A Fitting Connection

Rainbow Connection | $1,000
Senior community members were invited to come along and take part in creating the community artwork piece 'Rainbow Connection' created from textile waste. The artwork will brighten the staircase at Eltham Leisure Centre and be a reminder of our dreams, desires and wishes for ourselves and our community.

Allwood Neighbourhood House

Gardening with Jo | $1,000
A fortnightly, inclusive, social gardening activity to bring residents of Hurstbridge and surrounding suburbs together to connect with their community. Held in the historical Allwood gardens, this inclusive project will be a point of connection for socially isolated individuals to meet people and learn skills.

Ann Rossini

Singing with Annie | $1,938
Held weekly, this pilot program aims to establish a regular opportunity for people from all walks of life to create social connections and friendships whilst learning new skills. This funded activity will establish the group by investing in the required resources and promoting the group broadly to ensure those impacted by social isolation are reached.

Boomerang Bags Nillumbik

Felted Memories | $2,000
Publishing, promotion and launch event for the Felted Memories stories book, showcasing the social connection project the Boomerang Bags group took part in during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Carers Collective

Meet U There | $1,000
Smiths Gully Store will set aside a communal table on Sunday mornings. The funding will provide a free coffee for each participant each week, to encourage participation. It is expected that the social connections formed will keep the group going into the future.

Diamond Creek Soccer Club

Over 45s Soccer Club | $2,000
Activities to attract new players, and re-engage with past members, to their over 45s Soccer Club.

Dina Smirnova

Navigating Uncertainty and Loss Webinar | $1,000
An interactive, on-demand webinar presented by death doula and meditation teacher Dina Smirnova. Provides practical tools and techniques to cope with uncertainty, mourning, loss and/or grief that has occurred as the result of a significant life transition, collective unrest, or the illness or death of a significant person.

Elise Halton Careers Advisor and Mentor in Electrical Industry

Hurstbridge International Women's Day Dinner | $1,000
International Women's Day Dinner event promoting harmony, equity and providing a valuable networking opportunity for women of all ages.

Friends of Nillumbik

Community Showcase | $1,619
An information-sharing evening showcased the work of local volunteer community groups, offering an opportunity for collaboration and for retired, older or new residents to make contacts and engage with the organised life of their community.

Kangaroo Ground Adult Riding Club

Let's Learn Cavaletti | $2,000
Cavaletti work benefits horses and riders at all stages of experience, and it's great fun. Cavaletti is a type of raised rail or small jump used to help train horses and riders. Great for members and might entice other horse riders in Nillumbik to join the Club increasing social connection.

Panton Hill Tennis Club

Easter Community Social BBQ | $1,100
BBQ bringing together and socially connecting older people with the wider Panton Hill community, demonstrating the friendly and inclusive nature of the club, promoting that the club house and courts are available to all.