Grants help SA and WA seniors with active ageing

South Australian and Western Australian seniors are being urged to get active and connect with their communities with the help of state government grants.

The first round of South Australia’s 2016/17 Grants for Seniors program has been announced and the state’s Minister for Ageing, Zoe Bettison, said 21 organisations will receive grants of up to $5000 to buy goods that encourage active ageing.

“I’m pleased to see these grants go to more than 20 South Australian organisations that are actively engaging older people,” Ms Bettison said.

“Maintaining community participation can be integral to the ongoing health and wellbeing of seniors.”

Among the goods to be purchased for seniors’ use are toy-making tools, wood turning machinery and sporting equipment.

A second funding round for projects of up to $10,000 will be offered in early 2017.

Click here for more information or contact the Office for the Ageing on (08) 8204 2420.

In Western Australia, more seniors will have the chance to get active after an expansion of the SilverSport pilot program.

Speaking at celebrations for WA Seniors Week this week, Premier Colin Barnett said the program would be extended to three more areas.

SilverSport is based on the KidSport program, providing up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for eligible senior's sport and recreation activities.

The program is being piloted in Belmont, Kwinana, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Coolgardie for those aged 60 years and over.

"Due to its success, the government will provide an extra $300,000 to expand SilverSport to three new areas," Mr Barnett said.

Seniors and Volunteering Paul Miles said the cost of sport and recreation often prevented seniors' participation.

"Western Australia has quality sporting facilities, a strong club system and a natural landscape to inspire activity and this initiative encourages seniors to get active and removes financial barriers," Mr Miles said.

Applicants with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card can join a registered SilverSport program.

The fees of up to $200 per person will go directly to recognised SilverSport clubs, recreation centres, programs and businesses, through participating local governments.

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