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New community led programs support Indigo Shire residents to live happier and healthier lives.

From August onwards, Indigo Shire residents will be able to access two new programs to support health and wellbeing. Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting program that will see trained volunteers make a regular phone call to participants to share conversation and catch up. Alongside this, Indigo Shire residents will be able to contact volunteer Community Connectors who are trained as ‘go to’ people in their area for people to contact for assistance to find services and activities in their own communities. 

Both projects were prioritised and then developed by the people of Indigo Shire as part of the Indigo Shire Council’s Indigo Ageing Well project supported by an Age Friendly Victoria grant from State Government Department of Health and Human Services.  Local health services Beechworth Health Service, Indigo North Health and Yackandandah Health will deliver the programs.

Indigo Shire Council Mayor Jenny O’Connor is thrilled to see these projects take shape.

“The community was consulted, and they told us that these projects are a priority to help keep people included and connected in their community as they age.’ 

“We know that isolation can be an issue for people as they age in rural communities. A simple action like a phone chat or having a person help you to find the services you need can make a big difference.’ Cr O’Connor said.

The new programs will be launched during the first week of August at Beechworth Health Service, Yackandandah Health and Indigo North Health at Chiltern and will be available free for the residents of all Indigo Shire towns.

If you would like to know more or would like to participate in the Indigo Calling or the Community Connectors programs, please contact your closest local health service:

Beechworth Health Service: 03 57 280 200

Indigo North Health: 02 6033 6200

Yackandandah Health Service: 02 6028 0100