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.

Projects

To find out more about our projects, click on the links above. 

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 volunteers across Indigo Shire who are trained to assist local people to find services and activities in their own communities and wider.

Community Connectors link local people and the services and activities that are available to support health and wellbeing of community members.

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. 

Community Connectors will:

  • Be registered volunteers 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 there are that 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. 

 

 

 

Skill Swap and Ride Share

A tool to help residents exchange skills and services and to access community transport options for nearby townships. Senior residents will be able to reach out for assistance when required and offer skills and services in exchange.

Successful community-led programs such as TimeBanking and RideShare exist throughout Australia already - promoting community and social networks and providing opportunity for all residents to feel valued. 

These projects are still being finalised, watch this space for more details! 

Seniors Festival

 

 

Ageing Well Connect

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The Ageing Well Connect is a bulletin that will be distributed by Council and included in publications such as the Indigo Informer. This will ensure residents are aware of services, community events, and other social opportunities which is an integral part of improving elderly liveability.

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See the link below for the latest version of the Ageing Well Connect. https://mailchi.mp/d8aac306d346/ageingwellconnect

 

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