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Realising inclusion through community engagement

annecto has been engaging with communities to develop deeper partnerships in Victoria’s Grampians and Wimmera regions. This approach has been informed by consultation with local townspeople to help understand aged care needs in the area. For three years annecto has been supporting people in Minyip to stay in their own home, through Home Care Packages, and sought an opportunity to learn more about the lives of older people in the region.

Grampians and Northern Metro Region Manager, Despina Kavnoudias, said

“Developing community connections helps overcome isolation. Our local advocacy work also lets us demystify aged care services, engage with our clients and involve our locally-based staff members.”

In 2017 annecto was invited by local groups such as the Probus Club to host a series of conversations about what older people in the community need, and how annecto can help connect them with those who can enable this. The forums, in Warracknabeal, Horsham, Minyip and St Arnaud, were attended by over 100 people who received a presentation on the state of ageing in Australia, and exchanged information with annecto.

Following the success of the forums on ageing, annecto has increased its presence in the region, with a full-time Case Manager, Jacqui West, working with eight Support Workers. Six new clients are being supported with 20 more people expressing interest in becoming clients when more Home Care Packages become available. annecto aims to develop further partnerships to reduce isolation in rural areas.

 

 

annecto has been engaging with communities to develop deeper partnerships in Victoria’s Grampians and Wimmera regions. This approach has been informed by consultation with local townspeople to help understand aged care needs in the area. For three years annecto has been supporting people in Minyip to stay in their own home, through Home Care Packages, and sought an opportunity to learn more about the lives of older people in the region.
 
Grampians and Northern Metro Region Manager, Despina Kavnoudias, said “Developing community connections helps overcome isolation. Our local advocacy work also lets us demystify aged care services, engage with our clients and involve our locally-based staff members.”
 
In 2017 annecto was invited by local groups such as the Probus Club to host a series of conversations about what older people in the community need, and how annecto can help connect them with those who can enable this. The forums, in Warracknabeal, Horsham, Minyip and St Arnaud, were attended by over 100 people who received a presentation on the state of ageing in Australia, and exchanged information with annecto.
 
Following the success of the forums on ageing, annecto has increased its presence in the region, with a full-time Case Manager, Jacqui West, working with eight Support Workers. Six new clients are being supported with 20 more people expressing interest in becoming clients when more Home Care Packages become available. annecto aims to develop further partnerships to reduce isolation in rural areas.