Let's Celebrate Over 55's grants awarded

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Nillumbik Shire Council supports the wider community to be actively involved during the Victorian Seniors Festival, which is a major state-wide festival for and involving seniors, with an emphasis on fun and good times that takes place every October right across Victoria.

Small grants up to $500 are annually available to support programs, events and activities aimed at people 55 and over during the month of October.

This annual grant opens in April.

2022 recipients

Arthur's Creek Community Centre

My School Days  | $500
Bringing together members of the ACCC History Huddle with senior students (Grades 4,5 and 6) of adjacent primary schools, engaging in a fun morning of activities sharing their respective experiences of schooling, now and then.

Copperline Inc

Come and Learn $500
A morning tea to discuss CopperLine local newspaper and invite contributions from our local aged residents, providing an opportunity to network with many in the over 55s community who volunteer in other organisations and an opportunity for some cross-promotion of local organisations.

Dina Smirnova

Advance Care Planning Resource | $500
An on-demand webinar facilitated by end-of-life doula and meditation teacher Dina Smirnova, presented in October as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. ACPR is designed to be an accessible, informational resource. It provides access for individuals to learn about their options when it comes to death care and advance planning.

Eltham Men's Shed

Father and Son Connection | $500
Public event of the Inner Workshop, which provides a forum whereby men openly discuss joyful, or adverse and difficult interpersonal experiences, that affect them and their relationships with family and friends. Through the discussions, mutual consideration and respect, members have grown in maturity and wisdom, improved relationships and learned to better cope with life's challenges.

Eltham Parkinson's Peer Support Group

Celebrating Parkinson's: an Evening with the Eltham Parkinson's Peer Support Group | $400
An evening to showcase how the group enables community connection, peer support and social activities for people living with Parkinson's in Nillumbik, demonstrating a range of supports that are available from Fight Parkinson's and some activities such as specific physiotherapy exercises and singing that are beneficial to those living with Parkinson's.

Eltham Senior Citizens Centre (Chinese Group)

Double Ninth Festival, Seniors' Day (Chong Yang Festival) | $500
Picnic outing with group activities to get everyone participating, socialising, and connecting with old and new friends. Includes a cooking demonstration and hands-on dumpling wrapping.

Kangaroo Ground Adult Riding Club

Staying Active With Horses | $500
Public event with Kangaroo Ground Adult Riding Club, with adult riding instructor Tori Mitton and fitness expert Jane Kilkenny. Learn new skills, watch demonstrations, have great conversations, make new connections and enjoy a delicious morning tea.

North of the Yarra Quilting Guild

October Morning Tea | $500
Catered morning tea for all members of the Guild to enjoy the social side of the morning and to engage with visitors from the community and to chat with them about the Guild and what they do. There will be a display of our community quilts, and discussion about who makes them and where they go.

Northern Ladies Badminton Association

Senior Come & Try Days | $500
Over two days, a professional badminton coach will provide an introduction to the sport, playing in short games followed by light refreshments.

Open Minds Nillumbik - Dementia Friendly Alliance

Navigating the Aged Care System/Banksia Palliative Care’s Services | $500
Refreshments for participants to encourage them to stay after the talks and question and answer sessions, allowing for individuals to meet with service providers and other community members who may be able to assist them.

Strathewen Public Hall Inc - Arts and Crafts Group

Arts and Crafts for the over 55's - come and try | $500
A guest artist will be at the Strathewen Hall, providing a workshop of their particular craft that participants can learn, followed by a morning tea.

Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre

St Andrews Community High Tea | $500
A high tea for anyone over 55 in the St Andrews and surrounding suburbs of Nillumbik. Students from the local primary school will assist in the preparation of food and serve food and tea on the day. Attendees will enjoy a performance from a local school choir.