Helping seniors stay well and connected
A range of resources are now available to help seniors who are self-isolating during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department of Communities and Justice has developed a webpage, which is being regularly updated, listing these resources which include where to go for up-to-date information on COVID-19, how to access financial support, tips on maintaining mental wellbeing, and more. Councils are also asked to please share this factsheet on their social channels, which includes information on delivery of groceries and medications, mental health, and more. In addition, this week the NSW Government launched the Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors during COVID-19 Grant Program. The new program recognises that seniors are likely to be more socially isolated while staying at home. The program will support projects that help seniors connect and engage with others and reduce social isolation and loneliness. These projects can be delivered online or through other means to support seniors without access or capability to use the internet. The program offers one-off grants from $10,000 to $100,000 for organisations to provide engagement opportunities for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Applications are open now and will close on 26 April. The short application time is necessary to enable successful organisations to receive funding and commence delivery of their projects as soon as possible.