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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2009
Positive Ageing Matters
POSITIVE AGEING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Applications will open next month for Council's Positive Ageing Advisory
This new committee is being established following the development of the
Positive Ageing Strategy.
The Committee will meet every two months to oversee the Positive Ageing
Strategy and be a reference group for Council.
Applicants need to be 50 years of age or older and should be committed
to improving the quality of life for seniors in the Ballarat community.
Committee members will be ambassadors for positive ageing and will
promote the contribution that seniors make in the community.
The Positive Ageing Strategy was launched earlier this year and aims to
maximise the quality of life, participation and social recognition of seniors
living in Ballarat. The Strategy gives Council direction by identifying the
needs and priority issues for residents.
Applications open on Sunday 1 November and close on Monday 30
For further information or to apply contact Council's Positive Ageing
Development Officer Lexie Conway on 5320 5783.
BALLARAT SENIOR OF THE YEAR
Ballarat's inaugural Senior of the Year Award has been presented to Cath
For almost 20 years Cath has voluntarily run a dance club called 'Go
Dancing'. Sessions are held in Ballarat four nights per week and she also
travels to Maryborough for a weekly class. Cath also coordinates larger
dances and other special events throughout the year. Funds raised from
these events are donated to a variety of Ballarat organisations.
Cath won a prize pack containing two tickets to see and meet Frankie J
Holden during the Ballarat Seniors Festival, a $100 dinner voucher and two
Gold Class movie tickets.
All 11 nominees were recognised at an afternoon tea with Ballarat Mayor
Judy Verlin on Tuesday 22 September.
Video Interpreting Service trial
Ballarat is one of four regional Victorian locations selected to participate in
a Video Interpreting Service trial. It will enable deaf people to have better
access to professional interpreters.
There are a shortage of interpreters in regional Victoria, so this initiative is
expected to provide better quality and faster communication options for
people who are hearing impaired throughout the Grampians region.
Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) service rooms have been established at
Ballarat's Business Centre, 15 Dawson St South. High quality video
conferencing equipment will enable a Melbourne based interpreter to
participate in a meeting involving a deaf person and hearing person.
Department of Human Service (DHS) funded organisations can access the
service in the following ways:
• through the existing arrangements for the DHS language services credit
line (through ONCALL Interpreting and Translating Agency), and;
• directly through Vicdeaf on a fee-for-service basis.
Other service providers, the deaf and hard-of-hearing community will also
be able to access the service directly through Vicdeaf on a fee-for-service
However, during the trail period the Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) service
will be free, until Thursday 31 December.
For further information about the Video Interpreting contact the
Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division on 9096 7945
or email email@example.com
To make a VRI booking contact Sign Language Communications Victoria on
9473 1145, TTY 9473 1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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