Tanya enthusiastically detailed the role of City of Greater Geelong regarding Age Friendly Communities, whilst Gail outlined the benefits of registering with the Bellarine Community Support Register which includes care calls to those on the Register's list, and requesting such calls. Police Officer Mark gave down-to-earth practical advice on making the home safer, and provided some tips for preventing burglaries.
The Forum participants agreed that the input from the three speakers and BACA's aim to establish Age Friendly Communities on the Bellarine all helped to make the Forum a worthwhile event. Attendees came from all over the Bellarine with lively discussion and exchange of ideas taking place.
People were requested to answer a questionnaire listing their priorities and register interest in the formation of a group to take things further. The main issues to come out were:- communication, transport, health, maintenance of house and garden, independence and social isolation. Promoting cross generational interactions, just because people are over 60 does not mean they are not interested in the younger generation.
It was decided to form a group to look at the issues more fully and attempt to be instrumental in some change. A first meeting of those who expressed an interest in helping BACA to develop Age Friendly Communities on the Bellarine will be held at Springdale Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 7 June, 10 am to 12 noon (morning tea provided).
Any interested people would be welcome but are asked to register their name & contact details re attending this meeting by phoning Springdale Neighbourhood Centre during office hours- 5253 1960.