The Queensland Government has announced that $12.5 million dollars in additional grant funding is now available for activities and initiatives that improve social connections and address loneliness and isolation among older Queenslanders, particularly in remote areas. 

The additional funding is available over five years and builds on an existing $20.5 million investment for the same period. 

The grants are set to build on 42 existing Seniors Social Isolation Services across the state. 

Priority funding is available in regional and remote areas and to support First Nations older peoples. 

Older Queenslanders can be more vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness because of mobility and health issues, loss of friends and family, living alone or restricted income.

The grant funding will be used to increase the footprint of Seniors Social Isolation Services across the state, as well as to establish a peak body to support those services and provide advice on the effectiveness of services and other issues.

The services will reach out to Queenslanders experiencing social isolation or those at risk, including those living in regional and remote areas, and encourage them to engage in activities to improve their quality of life and social connection.

The additional investment will mean services can reach more older people.

Existing services offer a variety of activities from yoga, Tai Chi and line dancing to craft and board games, barefoot bowls, lunch groups and events where older Queenslanders can receive information and advice on other services and support in their communities. 

Some services also identify and coordinate volunteering opportunities for seniors in their local communities.

Queensland Minister for Seniors, Charis Mullen, said that older Queenslanders have made incredible contributions to the state.

“In turn, we want to ensure they live in a place where they feel connected, cared for and celebrated for their contribution,” Ms Mullen said. 

“We also want to see them live their best lives, which is why these grants will fund practical support for seniors at risk of being socially isolated.

“We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of human connections, with research showing social isolation and loneliness can lead to individuals experiencing poorer mental and physical health.

“This is a great opportunity for organisations to contribute to the wellbeing of older Queenslanders by providing services and activities that bring people together.”


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