Queensland Seniors Week will be 'On for Young and Old'

Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said seniors enrich our communities with their wide range of knowledge and experience, and Seniors Week is the perfect opportunity to show them our appreciation.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to establishing an age-friendly Queensland, where people of all ages can take part in local activities and enjoy quality of life, which is exactly what Seniors Week is all about, "Said Mrs O'Rourke.

"These grants are a great way to help fund local events, so that Queensland organisations can show their appreciation for seniors, while encouraging them to take part in community activities.

"I look forward to a bigger and better Seniors Week this year, with hundreds of events expected to be held across the state." 'It's on for young and old' has become a catchcry of the event and will be used again in 2016 to build on its success over the past two years.

Starting on Saturday 13 August Seniors Week 2016 will run through to Sunday 21 August - 9 days of celebrations. Last year 737 events were held from the Northern Peninsula Region to Mount Isa, Cairns to the Granite Belt and Gold Coast.

"Seniors Week provides the opportunity to unite all Queenslanders to celebrate the valuable contributions seniors make in their communities. Whether as volunteers or in the workforce seniors utilise their experience and knowledge as community leaders, carers, grandparents and advocates." Said COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans.

"Thanks to the tremendous efforts of many groups and countless volunteers across the state, Seniors Week is now a major event each year. "For some living in rural and remote areas, Seniors Week is the one time of year they get to catch up with current and long lost friends.

"For others Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation through the discovery of programs and activities, creating new friendships and remaining an active member of society."

To continue the momentum of previous years we encourage you wherever you are in the state to support your local community organisation to plan and host a Seniors Week event this year.

COTA Queensland coordinates Seniors Week and receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities.

The Queensland Government has provided $100,000 to subsidise events and activities held during Seniors Week 2016. Applications are now open for community organisations and local councils to apply for a maximum of $1000.

Get in quick as applications close 31 March 2016.

Together with the Queensland Government, this initiative supports the building of an Age-friendly Queensland. For more information about Seniors Week call COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348, email seniorsweek@cotaqld.org.au or visit www.cotaqld.org.au.

For more information about support and services for older Queenslanders visit http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors/

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