Bland is Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors with Melodies and Memories

The Mornings, Melodies and Memories community-led initiative from Bland Shire Council has been successful in receiving $50,000 from the third round of the NSW Government’s Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said this is a wonderful program to establish connections between community and allow members to share their stories about living within Bland Shire.

“I eagerly await to hear about these amazing stories which will empower our seniors to be active and connected in their local community,” Ms Cooke said.

“Following this round of the program, the NSW Government have now supported 71 different programs with some $2 million to support seniors and keep them connected with their local communities right across the state.”

“Seniors are an integral part of our society and we want to make sure they don’t run the risk of falling into social isolation.”

Ms Alison Balind Director of Corporate and Community Services at Bland Shire Council said that the Mornings, Melodies and Memories program is a series of gatherings held across the Shire to share local history and build connections.

“The project is designed to run for approximately 10 months with monthly events in the communities of Barmedman, Ungarie and Weethalle and bi-monthly in the communities of Tallimba and Mirrool,” Ms Balind said.

It is important to support our local seniors as they play such an important role in breaking down those barriers of social isolation.

Funding of up to $50,000 were on offer in the third round of the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grants program. Projects must run through 2022-2023.

For more information on the grants program, visit: Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program (

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