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Monday, 26 June 2017


Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking classes and education on food safety; conversational English; and, education sessions on nutrition and good health.

The Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors grants, with 54 grants worth $304,000, have been awarded to local community and multicultural organisations across the state to support people at risk of isolation.

There are grants of up to $5000 for single organisations to run an initiative, or up to $10,000 for more complex projects that may involve several organisations.

The one-year grants are going to organisations representing 50 different cultural groups across the state, ranging from the Cook Islands to India, Serbia and the Horn of Africa.

The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running.


Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP

 “The grants play a valuable role in raising awareness of the community supports that are available to senior Victorians in Bendigo.”

“Older people from multicultural backgrounds can become quite isolated in terms of their ability to communicate and participate in the community – this grant is a great way to help men from our Karen community to establish a link to their community and celebrate their culture.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan MP

 “These grants will provide multicultural seniors in Bendigo with the confidence they need to thrive and be involved in the community as much as they want.”

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