MONASH RESIDENTS LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER

MONASH RESIDENTS LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER

Posted on 07. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

Vulnerable people living in Monash are set to receive greater community support thanks to a Brumby Labor Government funding boost.

Announcing a $10,923 grant for the Monash Safety Register, Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa Neville said the initiative would go a long way to assist isolated residents.

“The Monash Safety Register is a local initiative run out of the Monash Volunteer Centre in Glen Waverley and staffed by volunteers,” Ms Neville said.

“People who join the register can choose to receive regular contact from trained volunteers to check that they are safe and well.

“The register also provides members with important information about local conditions and safety issues, for example how to stay cool during a heatwave – through regular mail outs, newsletters or telephone calls.”

Joining Ms Neville in making the announcement was Member for Mount Waverley Maxine Morand.

“The Monash Safety Register does a great job linking vulnerable people with their community and I thank all of the volunteers for their dedication and hard work,” Ms Morand said.

“The funding will allow them to continue to play an active role in supporting those in our community that need it most.”

Ms Morand also encouraged Monash residents to volunteer with the register.

 “I encourage older people and people with a disability living alone in our community to join the Monash Safety Register,” she said.

“It’s important as a community that we look out for each other. Keeping an eye on our family, friends and neighbours and regularly checking on them can make a real difference.”

Ms Neville said the funding was part of a $2 million Brumby Labor Government initiative to boost the number of community registers across Victoria and to expand the scope of existing ones to include people with a disability.

“Not only is it a great way to get advice and information to help people stay safe and well – it can also give their family and friends some peace of mind knowing there is someone looking out for them,” Ms Neville said.

For more information on community registers or how to join as a register member or volunteer please contact the Office for Senior Victorians on 1300 797 210 or email enquiries@seniors.vic.gov.au.

In an emergency anyone concerned about their own welfare or the welfare of a neighbour or friend should contact 000.

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