WA SENIORS WEEK 2018
During seniors' week this year the Shire organised two events to celebrate the contribution our older people make to society.
On 13 November the Shire partnered with RISE and Swan Child and Parent Centre located in Middle Swan to host an intergenerational craft afternoon tea for our older people, Aboriginal Elders, Aunties, Uncles and local children.
Approximately 60 people participated in a cultural craft activity, painting honky nuts and decorating a tree. This was a great cultural learning opportunity with the adults demonstrating to the children Aboriginal painting techniques. Afternoon tea was provided by the Midland PCYC Coppers Cup, which is an organisation engaging with youth to gain work experience, employment and a chance to give back to their community in a volunteer capacity.
On 14 November the Shire provided a free bus ride to Have a Go Day at Burswood, largely targeting older people in our more isolated suburbs. Some of the challenges our older people face include either not being able to drive, lacking the confidence to drive long distances and/or not having relatives or friends available to assist with transport.
Over 50 people from areas such as Wooroloo, Mount Helena, Stoneville, Glen Forrest and Mundaring took the opportunity of a free bus ride to the Have a Go Day event. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many saying they were able to access relevant information from exhibiting agencies and participate in a range of different activities.
To assist with hosting both events the Shire received a grant from COTA WA (Council on the Ageing, which is supported by Department of Communities) and Lotterywest.