Queensland Seniors Week connects people of all ages.
Queensland Seniors Week connects people of all ages.

$100,000 up for grabs to host Queensland Seniors Week events

Let's come together Queensland!

Applications are open for funding of Queensland Seniors Week activities from 17-25 August.

The week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland receives funding from the Queensland Government to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise events and activities, and eligible applicants can seek up to $1000.

COTA Queensland said the week was about connecting with folk of all ages and backgrounds, dispelling the stereotypes associated with ageing, and assisting to reduce social isolation.

Minister for Seniors Coralee O'Rourke said community organisations and local councils could apply now for a grant of up to $1000 to host their events and activities during Queensland Seniors Week.

"Seniors Week is all about celebrating the lives and contributions of older Queenslanders," Mrs O'Rourke said.

"I am incredibly proud the Palaszczuk Government continues to provide this funding, which last year supported 100 events and activities during Queensland Seniors Week."

This year the theme of Queensland Seniors Week is again Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages.

Mrs O'Rourke said there were more than 870 registered events last year, including the 100 that received Palaszczuk Government funding.

"These events included a popular Seniors ballet class with world-famous ballet dancer Li Cunxin, Mayoral morning teas and awards and arts and craft events," she said.

"I'm really looking forward to taking part in Seniors Week this year, with more exciting events and activities to be hosted right across the state, including rural and regional areas."

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans is anticipating 2019 will be the biggest Seniors Week yet.

"During the week, hundreds of event organisers will facilitate events and activities providing opportunities for people to learn and share in new experiences, discover programs and service which support a range of needs including reducing social isolation," Mr Tucker-Evans said.

"The week provides a great opportunity Queenslanders of all ages to connect with older members of our community."

Applications for grants will close on March 31. To find out more about Queensland Seniors Week and to apply for a grant, visit qldseniorsweek.org.au or phone COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348.

COTA's Queensland Seniors Week coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson said she was often asked who attended the events and whether it was only people of a certain age?

She said the answer was an emphatic "No".

"Older people are not 'one size fits all' and the range of events and activities held during the nine days really highlights that," she said.

"Over the years, events and activities have ranged from flash mobs, club open days, expos, sailing and cruises, digital literacy and coding sessions, online talent quests, cinema days, art classes, workshops, cabarets, yoga, Zumba, music revivals and so much more."

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