Kevin Humphries

FAR WEST ABORIGINAL GROUP GETS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY

10 July 2018

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries is pleased to announce an innovative project by a Broken Hill Community Group which is set to benefit local Aboriginal families, thanks to a $24,000 funding injection from the NSW Government.

Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation is one of 25 community projects across NSW that has secured a share of $1.2 million through round three the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities Grants Program, which focuses on reducing social isolation, keeping fit and supporting seniors to live longer at home.

 “Maari Ma is seeking to engage Aboriginal people who are hard to access regarding their health, particularly regarding smoking and chronic diseases, by providing regular socially inclusive activities involving art and craft that will engage people and provide an opportunity for health staff to build relationships and have less formal discussions about health in a non-clinical environment,” Kevin Humphries said.

“They have had discussions with the Regional Art Gallery regarding providing workshops involving painting, basket weaving, clay and other media, and the local men's shed to provide materials that will be a drawcard to older men who are keen to work with their hands. 

“This approach has been extremely successful with their playgroup families. By having clinicians participating side by side with families in playgroup, they have been able to encourage families to attend clinic appointments for themselves and their children through relationships developed in the sandpit or blowing bubbles! They are hoping to reproduce this effect with art and craft activities for their older, hard to access Aboriginal clients.

“It’s fantastic that Maari Ma will have the resources they need to deliver a project focused on intergenerational learning, making our community more liveable for their people in a fresh and original way,” Kevin Humphries said.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said this round of grants focused on increasing older people’s participation in artistic, cultural, sport and exercise activities.

“This third round of Liveable Community Grants is delivering on an election commitment from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to invest $4 million over four years to innovative projects that make NSW more liveable for older people,” Mrs Davies said. 

The Liveable Communities Grants program is an initiative of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020. Evaluation of these projects will be used to inform future work in this area. 

For further information about successful projects visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/inclusion/ageing/overview/chapters/liveable-communities

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