THE Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network, an initiative powered by COTA SA, offers the opportunity for older South Australians who live in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula to age well in their own community.
The Fleurieu is home to the oldest population in South Australia. Around 61 per cent of Southern Fleurieu’s population is aged over 50 years, with approximately 20 per cent of older people living alone.
Covering areas including Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Hindmarsh Island, Encounter Bay, McCracken and Hayborough, the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network program aims to provide opportunities for locals to connect, be active, share interests and ultimately support each other.
The program offers peer-to-peer volunteering and support, ageing well activities including walking groups and book clubs, community events, as well as information and support to access services.
Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Manager Jill Mitchell said it was a great way for older people in regional areas like the Fleurieu to come together, form new relationships and bond with the wider community.
“The program is something truly unique in the region and is a wonderful way to support those in the community who are experiencing social isolation, especially as many older people relocate to the area in their retirement,” Jill said.
“Research shows that being connected with others is important for physical and mental wellbeing and the program recognises that through mutual support, older people can enhance their lives and age well with each other promoting positive ageing.”