Government backs CMCF ageing strategy

graemeh 12 October 2009

The Canberra Multicultural Community Forum is delighted its strategy to promote and support services to older Canberrans is being funded by the ACT Government, CMCF Chair Sam Wong said today.

CMCF has received $10,000 from the ACT Seniors Grants and Sponsorship Program for its project: Expanding Multicultural Elders Frontiers: The Virtue of Looking into the Future.

Mr Wong said that many of the ethnic groups associated with CMCF had made special provisions for seniors. “It is the simple process of time – the young migrants who came to Canberra in the years following the war are now quite elderly,” he said.

“Our affiliates have expressed an interest in forming a Canberra-wide network of seniors’ organisations to better coordinate activities, so we have asked for funds to establish a program of workshops to assist seniors from these groups to develop personal plans for the future.

“The workshops will act as a model for the organisation of future activities to encourage older Canberrans to learn new skills, expand their interests and share their own skills and knowledge with others.”

Mr Wong said that while the ethnic groups were the primary target, the workshops will be advertised throughout the Canberra community and everyone will be welcome.

There will be a series of interactive workshops to deal with different aspects of positive ageing. The overall aim will be the promotion of community awareness of the need for individuals to take charge of their future plans in a positive way. The program is scheduled to begin in April 2010.

“These workshops are multicultural – and that means all cultures without exception,” he said. “I would like to thank the ACT Government for supporting this very valuable project.”

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