Indigo Ageing Well

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Overview

The Indigo Ageing Well project consultation and planning phase was completed in 2017 and we are now implementing the priority projects that were identified through extensive consultation with local organisations and community members. 

The key themes that came out of the community consultation included:

  • Social activities and inclusion
  • Information, communication and advocacy
  • Access to transport
  • Health services
  • Facilities and footpaths
  • Housing

Close to 45 per cent of our survey respondents indicated that access to friends and people to do activities with was a primary indicator of an age-friendly community.

Current Consultations

Council Officers will be out and about across the shire in May 2019 to give you information about the initiatives and to hear your thoughts on the direction we are heading. Click here for the Ageing Well Roadshow locations and times.

We are also seeking your feedback on our Ageing Well program. Take our survey here.

Indigo Calling - Telephone Chat Program

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What is Indigo Calling?

Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting service where community members are matched with volunteers from their community for a regular, friendly chat at an agreed time. 

Trained volunteers are matched with community members based on their interests, hobbies and availability. 

Volunteers complete training, a criminal record check and are registered volunteers of the local health services in Indigo Shire.  

 Why do we need Indigo Calling? 

Indigo Calling is one of several projects the community identified as important to support local people in Indigo Shire to live happier and healthier lives. 

The key aim of Indigo Calling is to provide friendship and companionship to participants. 

A phone chat can break down isolation so local people can remain connected and included in their own community. 

Who is Indigo Calling for?

Indigo Calling is free for the people of Indigo Shire to access. This program is for people who enjoy some social contact via the phone. 

Indigo Calling may benefit those who:

  • Feel isolated
  • Find it difficult to get out of the house
  • New members of the community
  • Live in a remote location
  • Are living with a disability
  • Live alone

Volunteer

Indigo Calling volunteers are registered volunteers of Beechworth Health Service, Indigo North Health or Yackandandah Health. Volunteers receive training and support as well as position descriptions of what is expected of them and the boundaries they should work within.

Indigo Calling volunteers are:

  • People with good communication and listening skills.
  • Able to make a phone call at least once a week for approximately 20 minutes at their own cost.
  • Willing to complete training and a criminal record check.

How do I participate?

To become a volunteer or register to receive calls please contact your closest health service and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Beechworth Health Service

52 Sydney Road Beechworth

Phone: 03 5728 0200

Email: bhs_reception@bhs.hume.org.au

Indigo North Health

168 High St Rutherglen

Phone: 02 6033 6200

Yackandandah Health

20 Isaacs Avenue Yackandandah

Phone: 02 6028 0100

Email: info@yackhealth.com.au

Indigo Calling was developed with the support of an Age Friendly Victoria grant from State Government Department of Health and Human Services. 

Indigo Community Connectors

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Community Connectors are centrally located people within services across Indigo Shire. These may include Librarians, Indigo Shire Council Customer Service staff, Neighbourhood House employees and volunteers, Health Service employees and the Ageing Well Officer at Indigo Shire Council.

Community Connectors are trained to assist local people to find services and activities that are available to support health and wellbeing in their own communities and wider.

Community Connectors direct people to available services and activities such as:

  • Health Services
  • Community groups
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Residential & respite care
  • Help at home

Community Connectors are:

  • People with good communication and listening skills.
  • Those who are interested in finding out about what is available in their community and would like to pass this information on.
  • Available to chat over the phone, via email or in person.

Community Connectors do not become involved in the affairs of any person, they simply direct people to services and activities. 

Connector drop-in morning tea

In addition to the local Community Connectors in your area, there is also a monthly Connector drop-in morning tea starting up in May 2019.

Connecting Beechworth is the first of the Connector Drop-In sessions, on the last Tuesday of the month, 10am – 11am at Quercus Beechworth.

Beechworth Health Service, Indigo Shire Council and Quercus Beechworth are working together to provide a monthly morning tea where people can drop in to ask questions and find out about all the activities and supports that are available for local people.

Drop in to:

* Chat one on one about the services and activities that are in your community that you can access to help you live well!

* Ask questions about local services and activities

* Meet the people from your local health & community services

* Meet the people involved in local clubs & activities

* Get linked to assistance to improve your online skills

Quercus Beechworth is located at 30 Ford St Beechworth

If you are knowledgeable about your local area and would like to be a Community Connectors, but are not connected to a service, you can apply to volunteer by doing the following:

  • Be registered as a volunteer of Beechworth Health Service, Indigo North Health or Yackandandah Health.
  • Complete a criminal record check.
  • Receive training and support.
  • Work within a position description that sets out of what is expected of them and the program boundaries.

Who is the Community Connector program for?

The Community Connectors program is free for residents of Indigo Shire to access. The program is for people who would like to find out about what is available in their community to support ageing well.

Community Connectors may benefit those who:

  • Live alone
  • Are new to the Indigo Shire area
  • Do not have access to the internet
  • Live in remote areas

Why do we need Community Connectors?

We all need to access services, supports and activities at some time in our life. The more people who know about the support that is available in the community, the better we can all support each other.

There are great services in our Indigo Shire Communities and beyond but sometimes people don't know about them.

Volunteer

To become a volunteer Community Connector please contact your closest health service and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Beechworth Health Service

52 Sydney Road Beechworth

Phone: 03 5728 0200

Email: bhs_reception@bhs.hume.org.au

Indigo North Health

168 High St Rutherglen

Phone: 02 6033 6200

Yackandandah Health

20 Isaacs Avenue Yackandandah

Phone: 02 6028 0100

Email: info@yackhealth.com.au

Indigo Community Connectors was developed with the support of an Age Friendly Victoria grant from State Government Department of Health and Human Services.

Indigo Ride Share

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Ridesharing is a service that arranges one-time shared rides between people headed the same way. It is a no cost service agreed to by the driver and the passenger.

Funding and implementation opportunity open now!

In May 2019, Indigo Shire Council are able to offer seed funding to support your group in the start-up phase in 2019. The funding can be used for the following:

  • Seeking additional legal advice
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Purchasing small equipment, i.e. printer, whiteboard, stationary

Quercus Beechworth with the support of Indigo Shire Council have prepared all of the documentation and an implementation manual for you to start your own Rideshare service.

For more information on setting up Indigo Rideshare please contact Kate O’Toole at Indigo Shire Council.               

Phone: (03) 5728 8079

Email: kate.o’toole@indigoshire.vic.gov.a

Repair Cafe and Skillshare

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Share your skills, reduce waste to landfill and give back to the community by getting involved in a Repair Café and Skillshare.

Repair Cafe is an international movement where volunteers get together to repair items that would otherwise be thrown away.

Indigo Shire Council supports the Rutherglen Repair Café & Skillshare.

Repair Cafes in Indigo Shire

Rutherglen Repair Cafe and Skillshare
 Fourth Saturday of the month, 9.30am - 11.30am

 

St Stephen's Hall, 158 High Street Rutherglen

Jeanette McIntosh, 0409 328 053

mcintosh@netspace.net.au

Beechworth Repair Cafe
 Second Saturday of the month, 10am - 12pm Quercus Beechworth, 30 Ford Street Beechworth

Judith Doughty, (03) 5728 2388

manager@quercusbeechworth.com.au


Start a Repair Café and Skillshare in your town

Indigo Shire Council can help with seed funding to help you get a Repair Café and Skillshare started in your town. We will also provide your group with all of the implementation documents to get you started, including a ‘How To’ Manual, Volunteer Application forms, Repair Registration and Feedback forms, Volunteer Recruitment documents, signage and logos.

For more information on setting up a Repair Cafe and Skillshare please contact Kate O’Toole at Indigo Shire Council. Applications for seed funding will be open until 28 May 2019.     

Phone: (03) 5728 8079

Email: kate.o’toole@indigoshire.vic.gov.au

Ageing Well Connect

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Ageing Well Connect is a monthly newsletter that is distributed by Indigo Shire Council and included in publications such as the Indigo Informer. The aim of the newsletter is to ensure residents are aware of services, community events, and other social opportunities which are an integral part of improving liveability for older people. Please contact Kate O’Toole, Ageing Well Officer, if you would like to have your service or event included in the next Ageing Well Connect.

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