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Improving social participation for older Canberrans

By Canfan 9 July 2014

More than $80,000 in funding for programs to support older Canberrans was opened up today by Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman.

“These Participation (Seniors) Grants aim to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social participation for older Canberrans, allowing them to remain connected and socially active in our vibrant and diverse community,” Mr Gentleman said.

“They are intended to provide funding for activities and events that promote positive and active ageing in the ACT.

“In this next round of Participation Grants we are giving priority to projects that promote Canberra as an ‘age-friendly city’ and which serve to improve opportunities for social inclusion.”

The grants have helped fund a diverse range of community ideas that focus on older residents.

“In recent years we have funded many innovative projects embracing social, cultural and recreational activities and events such as cooking and nutrition classes, Nordic walking, circus skills, Tai Chi and IT skills training for older Canberrans,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Each of these programs has provided diversity and the opportunity to get involved in something a little different in life.”

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 20 August 2014. For more information on the program visit or visit the Office for Ageing website at

(Media Release Mick Gentleman)

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