For most of us, the place we call home is the place where we feel the most comfortable and secure. Surrounded by our family mementos and prized possessions, we invite family and friends to visit or we enjoy spending time in a sunny garden or perhaps our home is just a private sanctuary.
But sadly this isn’t the case for a growing number of older people who are facing the real threat of homelessness. As the principal partner and Chair of the Ageing On The Edge Reference Group, COTA (WA) joined its partners, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG), University of Adelaide and The Wicking Trust at Parliament House to launch the ‘One Rent Increase from Disaster’ report. The report was acknowledged by Minister Simone McGurk after the audience listened to a confronting and heartfelt ‘lived experience’ from a very brave and mature lady. The report makes 11 recommendations to the State Government to ensure that vulnerable older people have access to an affordable range of housing options. You can view the report here.
On 4 September the City of Perth hosted an afternoon tea to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of COTA WA. President Ron Regan took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the volunteers and supporters who have contributed to our rich history.
And speaking of celebrations, our staff and board recently had the pleasure of wishing one of our biggest supporters, Bob Zeigler, a happy 90th birthday. Rick Lee (our talented journalist) remarked “it was very difficult to condense such an extraordinary life in to a relatively short story”. We are looking forward to Bob’s contribution over the next ten years, however we have agreed that he can considering going ‘part time’ in 5 years time.
Our Living Longer Living Stronger program has recently received an injection of federal government funds to expand the program nationally and refresh the brand. There are currently around 3,500 WA participants in this program which has been running since 2004. We hope you like the ‘new look’ and we welcome you feedback when we roll it out over the next few months. Watch this space ….
This year we saw a record number of applications, an increase of almost thirty percent on the previous year, for the COTA (WA) Community Grants Scheme (which is funded by Lotterywest and the State Government, through the Department of Communities). Judging has just been completed and the recipients will be announced soon. This program provides funding of up to $3,000 for organisations right across Western Australia to hold a community event during Seniors Week 6-17 November that recognises and celebrates the contribution that our seniors make to the community. You can view the recipients and their proposed event on our website.
And finally, this is your last chance to nominate a Senior who is worthy of recognition for the 2019 Seniors Awards. There is also a category for Age friendly Local Government and Age friendly Business. Nominations close on 4th October 219 and you can view the nomination forms here.