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Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network

The Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network brings together older people living in the Southern Fleurieu to support each other to age well through activities, events and volunteering, and access services, advocacy and representation about issues that matter.

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Set to open by mid-2022, the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network will bring together older people living in the Southern Fleurieu — including Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Hindmarsh Island, Encounter Bay, McCracken and Hayborough — to support each other to age well.

What to expect

The Neighbourhood Network will offer peer-to-peer volunteering and support, ageing well activities and events, information and support to access services, advocacy and representation about issues that matter to older people, as well as social opportunities for members.

Help us establish the Neighbourhood Network

We'll be inviting local residents to tell us what they'd like to see in the new Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network through consultation activities such as community workshops, conversations and surveys.

We’d also like to hear from people that are keen to become involved as a volunteer or member, and also engage with local businesses and organisations as potential sponsors and supporters of the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network.

As COTA SA recognises the diversity of older people living in the region, we will actively seek to engage with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people through to ensure we create a place for everyone.

If you would like to be involved, please contact us or join the mailing list (details below).

61%

of Southern Fleurieu population aged 50+

20%

live alone

27%

of older people are involved in formal volunteering

Staying connected in the Southern Fleurieu

The Southern Fleurieu has the highest proportion of people aged 50+ years compared to any other area in South Australia.

Many older people in the Southern Fleurieu region relocated to the area in their retirement. They live some distance from family members, and will likely face major life transitions such as moving house, loss of a partner, reduced mobility and changes in their health.

Research shows being connected with others is important for physical and mental wellbeing and that older people are keen to assist others to maintain connection as they age.

The Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network aims to support older people to stay connected with each other, with their community, with appropriate services and with the broader community.

Evolution of the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network

COTA SA established the Goolwa Victor Harbor Advisory Group in 2019 to create an avenue for the voices of older South Australians in the area to influence the directions of COTA SA and inform older people about issues and services that are relevant to them.

This group championed the establishment of the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network and members of the Advisory Group will be represented on the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Steering Committee.

COTA SA’s Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Manager will work with the Steering Committee to oversee the establishment of the Neighbourhood Network, and together will be responsible for establishing the ongoing governance of the Neighbourhood Network, recruiting volunteers, setting up a membership structure and determining the types of activities and programs to be offered by the Neighbourhood Network, through community consultation.

The Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network is intended to be a community based initiative accessible to as many older people living in the Southern Fleurieu as possible.

If you would like to take the current survey and let us know about what activities you would like to be involved in please click on the following link.

E-news

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More information

For more information about the Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network, please contact:

Desmond Ford
Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network Manager
08 8224 5536
fnn@cotasa.org.sa

A National Network

The Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network is one of ten Village Hubs being established across Australia. Whilst each Hub will have its own unique focus, each Hub will share a common purpose to support older people to stay connected through a grass roots, community-owned and led movement that will improve their ageing experience.

The Fleurieu Neighbourhood Network is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and partners with Independent Living Assessment (iLA), the Village Hubs National Grant Manager.

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