Queensland Senior Month Event Grants announced

Published Friday, 16 September, 2022 at 03:24 PM

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Craig Crawford

More than 100 Queensland organisations have been awarded grants of up to $1000 to support events and initiatives throughout Queensland Senior’s Month this October.

Seniors Minister Craig Crawford said he was delighted by the fun and diversity in the state-wide activities.

Events planned include dances in the Lockyer Valley, Yeppoon’s Vive la France Day, and Human Book exchanges where people can ‘borrow’ an older person to hear their wisdom and life experiences.

“This year’s theme is “social connections”,’’ Mr Crawford said.

“Our figures show one in three seniors have reported feeling lonely.

“There are over 880,000 seniors in Queensland, so that's a lot of people who may be feeling lonely and socially disconnected, and we want to change that.”  

He said 2022 was the second year extending activities into a month-long celebration of older Queenslanders.

Seniors Month 2022 will start on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and will include the celebration of Grandparents Day on Sunday 30 October 2022.

“The Palaszczuk Government provided $100,000 to the Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTA Queensland) to support events throughout the month. Following an independent assessment process of 153 applications, 108 grants have been allocated for organisations to host events and activities throughout the month that celebrates Queensland’s seniors,’’ Mr Crawford said.

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Darren Young said they will co-ordinate the month’s events.

“Humans are social creatures, with a fundamental need to connect and interact,’’ Mr Young said.

“Connections are the energy between people when they feel seen, heard and valued.

“After the events of the past two years, Queensland seniors are ready to celebrate. It was wonderful to see the diversity of events, with activities from the far West to Far North Queensland and down to the border.”

Supporting a month-long program of events is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to build an age-friendly community, where older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community.

To find out more about Queensland Seniors Month, visit www.qldseniorsmonth.org.au or phone COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348.

To find out more about Queensland Government services and supports for seniors visit https://www.qld.gov.au/seniors or call the Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500.

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