Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Hubs are now open in Goolwa and Victor Harbor

COTA (Council on the Ageing) SA, alongside the local community, have created two Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Hubs, to provide information, encouragement and support for older South Australians living on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.

The two hubs, located at the Goolwa and Victor Harbor Libraries, have been established for the local older community to connect with one another and explore all the region has to offer in supporting positive ageing.

Offering a space for people to come and discover new activities and relationships, the COTA SA Hub volunteers provide visitors with information and support to connect them with a range of activities, join various groups, and participate in events that are of interest to them.

The Fleurieu is home to one of the oldest populations in South Australia, with around 61% of the Southern Fleurieu’s population aged over 50 years, and approximately 20% of older people living alone.

Miranda Starke, Chief Executive of COTA SA, highlighted that its Hubs are important services connecting people to the plentiful and active social groups available in the region.

“Research shows that being connected with others is important for physical and mental wellbeing, and our Hubs provide support for older people to enhance their lives and age well through connection with each other,” Miranda said.

“Talking with the local community, we identified opportunities to improve support for ageing well in the region. It was clear there was a need for a face-to-face service that provides access to information about the services and activities available in the area,” Miranda continued.

Jodie Ward, Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Hub Coordinator, added, “Our Hubs, designed with and for older people, will be run by local passionate volunteers who will provide trusted, independent information, encouragement and support for people aged 50+ and their families.”

“We have been working closely with the Victor Harbor and Goolwa Libraries to offer the Hubs at a time and place that best suits older people currently visiting the libraries. We also encourage all older people interested in learning more about what’s on offer in the region to drop in and see us,” Jodie concluded.

Visitors can drop in during the Hubs opening times. No bookings are necessary.

Goolwa

Goowla Library, 11 Cadell Street, Goowla

Tuesdays 10am to 12pm and Wednesdays 11am to 1pm

Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor Library, 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor

Tuesdays 1 to 3pm and Thursdays 11am to 1pm


cotasa.org.au

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