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Champions of age-friendly Banyule celebrate

Fri 16 February, 2018

Residents championing Banyule as an age-friendly city have just celebrated their third birthday and are putting out the call for others to join them.

Since Council’s Age-friendly Champion initiative started in 2015, 100 Banyule residents have been trained to be Age-friendly Champions and been involved in a string of projects.

They have helped establish a quarterly Age in Focus newsletter, nature programs, an older adults’ photographic exhibition and taken part in local and state wide research and think tank sessions.

Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said that local Age-friendly Champions were actively influencing the shape of the City of Banyule.

“Council made a commitment when we were accepted by the World Health Organisation to be part of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in 2014 to have older people actively contribute to our activities.

“And that has definitely been happening,” he said. “This city’s Champions are making sure older adults are being heard.”

Banyule’s Age-friendly program is a volunteer-based initiative open to all residents. Participants are involved in projects that improve the quality of life of older people.

Residents interested in participating in Banyule’s Age-friendly program are invited to attend an information session.

What: Banyule Age-friendly Champion information session

Where: 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe

When: Wednesday 21 March, 10am

More information: Email agefriendly@banyule.vic.gov.au or call Banyule City Council on 9490 4222.