The Liberal Marshall Government has provided funding to two local organizations for its projects as part of this year’s Office for Aging Well Community Grants round.
The Liberal Marshall Government has invested $600,000 in 34 projects, working to improve the wellbeing of elderly South Australians.
Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc (PLHAS) received $10,000 allocated for its projects focused on engaging seniors in healthy living and connection, while Cummins District Enterprise Committee Inc received $4,920 for its new mosaic project.
The grants program helps older South Australians, including those from diverse communities and backgrounds, to age well and be recognized for their valuable contributions throughout their lives.
PLHAS will organize and deliver programs requested by its seniors: acrobatics, walking groups, music band, budget kitchen and store tours, art therapy, community garden project (sharing and caring), seniors camp, spinning circles for seniors and lawn bowls. .
The programs will aim to help Elders reconnect with each other and the community and support their mental health and wellbeing, as the majority have received their COVID shots.
The Cummins Mosaic Group is currently working on creating public art to install the panels along Railway Terrace, with the aim of brightening up their streetscape.
Mosaic committee member Wendy Holman highlighted what the funding will mean for group members in the future, explaining how it will enhance their workspace.
“The success of this grant will improve the working environment for our Cummins Mosaic members and ensure that older participants do not have their health compromised by joining us – they can continue to be productive in this community without worrying about their well-being. physical.
“The interaction between mosaicists, the groups we support with our artwork, and the learning that extends our sense of value in what we do in the community helps to maximize participation and actively prolong the quality of life as we age.”
The majority of the group’s members are retirees who share an interest in developing a range of public art, while working to connect people within the community and support interaction between different age groups .
Experienced members of the Cummins Mosaic Group worked on the designs for the new art, with mentorship from retired art teachers Jane Andrew and Rosii Pedler.
Pending final approvals, the mosaic panels are to be placed on stobed posts – funding for the project is accrued through attendance fees each week, covering insurance and material costs.
Donated materials and small local grants (Community Bank/ Op Shop/ Hotel) have allowed the group to continue to develop projects over the past seven years and enjoy social time together.
The project is expected to run for three years, with the recent grant enabling the supply of ‘ergonomically friendly’ furniture and equipment to improve the workplace.
The group contacts local suppliers to buy equipment and materials for construction, including mosaic tools/workbenches/skirting and materials for panels/safety equipment – the group welcomes more members of different ages, inviting students and young mothers to get involved.
The group believes visible public artwork is a way to increase positive lifestyle sentiment in Cummins – Their mosaic work was recently recognized with an International Toilet Tourism Award in 2018, other pieces being installed in the hospital, in the community garden and in nature. Playground.
Group leaders will promote and celebrate the completion of each of the new mosaic panels via the group’s social media and share its latest updates through local media.