Positive Ageing Ambassador Program. The aim of the project is to maximise the involvement of older people in generating projects that will make a positive difference to the quality of life, participation, health and well-being of older people. Council recruited 12 ambassadors
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“leadership is about
helping people find their voice”
A key learning when working with such a diverse group is that any workshops or learning process must allow for flexibility and a huge range of skills and experiences at the table.
Allowing a flexible process removes barriers to participation and ensures an accessible process.
“Citizenship is the choice to make
a difference to the place
where you belong”
“My heart is in Forrest and I have recently built a new house in the town.
My interests are gardening, woodwork, fishing and hunting.
I have recently become my father’s carer.”
“I look forward to the consultation process looking at ways to make life better for older people and hope this process will have benefits for me personally as well as for people in my local communities.”
The Overnight Retreat
Although some of the Ambassadors
they would bring to the project
and how we would fare in mutual support was very much an unknown at that point.
The Workshop Series
“Further workshops were held after the retreat where we developed techniques for interviews, information collection and exchange of ideas …
…this further strengthened the resolve and commitment of the volunteers..”
“.. it is interesting to note that there is such a high rate of support for the success of this project among participants. “
a series of workshops, conversations and interviews in the smaller townships
to generate community
“What most people need is a good
Mary Lou Casey
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Ambassadors, each in partnership with a community organisation,
are working within their communities to develop local projects.
A key part of the process developed was the agreement that Ambassadors should endorse each other’s projects through a group process.
It is important to note that this is a cornerstone of ensuring that the overall project is based upon participant ownership of the decision making process.
The SHARPS Project
Ambassador Jan Healey has chosen to allocate $2000 of her project money towards the development of this project.
ILOP Ambassadors endorsed this choice.
She has been working on her own plan for positive ageing.
At 64 she believes she still has much to contribute.
Jan has submitted an application for funding to the PAtCE Program so that she can develop a program that can be replicated in other rural communities.
Participants will explore opportunities within their local area and online and match with their own skills and aspirations to develop a plan for active engagement in their local community.
Where to from Here?