With most services, products and information these days being made available only on-line, there is a skills gap in our ageing population to be able to access information, products and services when their only option is an on-line platform. To bridge this gap, Maroondah City Council and Ringwood Secondary College partnered to deliver the Room 105 pilot project whereby our community members were able to receive one-to-one FREE tuition from students as part of their “”Making a Difference to the Community”” curriculum. Room 105 provided 4 sessions over a 4 week period and we had over 80 consultations. This pilot project proved so successful and both partners saw that there was a huge demand for this free community service that we decided to provide this free community service on a monthly basis. The school provides the venue and the students and Maroondah’s Active & Healthy Ageing Coordinator coordinates the project with registration, matching participant needs to student capacities and for advertising and marketing. This is the first project of its kind in our area, where a school is providing a free community service that is not linked to the Victorian school curriculum and is testament to building a community where intergenerational exchange can strengthen a community in a more meaningful way.
Main target group: Older people in general
Sector(s): Social protection
Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions
- Intergenerational activities
Name: Katsikis, Mary
Email address: email@example.comPreferred language(s): English, Greek, French