Altona District and Williamstown locals experiencing social disconnection due to coronavirus will benefit from over $4.44 million in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 to extend the delivery of its Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative.
Jill Hennessy and Melissa Horne today confirmed that Hobsons Bay City Council will receive $40,000 to continue to connect isolated Victorians to a range of supports to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
These grants will deliver more social connection activities to encourage people to re-engage with their local communities and support networks.
CASI launched earlier this year and includes a coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398) run in partnership with the Australian Red Cross to provide emotional support to callers, and a community connector in each Local Government Area to create opportunities for social activities and provide practical support.
So far this year, it has assisted over 15,000 callers to the coronavirus hotline and delivered practical social activities such as video chats, online book clubs or fitness groups.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“This initiative is all about building social connections in the community after a difficult year for many Victorians. We hope people will re-engage with their local communities and enjoy a COVIDSafe summer.”
“I’m proud to announce the extension of this fantastic initiative which has already provided support to thousands of isolated Victorians this year.”
Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown District Melissa Horne
“We are thrilled that Hobsons Bay will receive more funding and support to deliver tailored social activities for members of our community to help them stay connected.”
Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy
“Many people in our community had a tough year in 2020 but have shown so much strength and resilience. That’s why I’m so pleased that this funding will directly support vulnerable local people who have been affected by the isolating nature of the pandemic.”