Changing Ageing In Western Australia

Bank of Ideas

  • Changing Ageing in Western Australia
    December 3, 2019
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Changing Ageing in Western Australia: How the Village/Hub Model is Bringing Communities Together

Where:    Connect Victoria Park, 5 Mackie Street, Victoria Park, W.A. 6100

When:     3rd December, 2019     

Time:       9.30am – 3.30pm

Unwaged Community Members:   We have a special rate for Unwaged Community Members who want to attend. Please contact to find out more.
Waged Professional $180 (plus GST)

As in many developed countries, the Australian population is ageing. There are more than 15% of Australians currently aged 65 and over and this proportion is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades.

Overall, Australians now enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world. It’s a new longevity. Although some will need special care at the end of their lives, we now have a growing contingent of older people with skills and experience who are out of the work force, but still have many healthy and active years to enjoy and contribute.

Unfortunately, many older Australians struggle to find purpose or a community they can rely on as they age – loneliness and social isolation are on the rise, and ageism is still rampant in the broader society. The skills, passions and unique knowledge of older Australians frequently go unutilised.

In the USA, a movement started in the late 1990s where older people came together to form virtual “villages” or “hubs”, where members can connect with like-minded neighbours and support each other to remain physically and mentally active and valued as contributing members of society. Village/hub members discover that the best path to independence – to remain living in their own homes and in the neighbourhoods that they love, for longer – is being part of a community.

Connect Victoria Park Village Hub is the first of these virtual villages in Western Australia, and the second in Australia.

Changing Ageing in Western Australia: How the Village Model is Bringing Communities Together is a one-day seminar brought to you by Connect Victoria Park and the Bank of I.D.E.A.S.

This one day seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about how Connect Victoria Park adapted from the American model to the Australian reality. It is also an opportunity to meet others from a range of communities across WA who are developing their own “village” models.

Peter Kenyon from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. will also share his insights and learnings from a recent study tour to the USA where he explored four “villages” and the different ways in which they operate.

This Event will:

  • Introduce the Connect Victoria Park Village Hub model and present their learnings over the Village Hub’s first 18 months of operation.
  • Learn how the first Village Hub in Western Australia, inspired by the American model and developed by Connect Victoria Park, is building a community of people 55+ to share skills, passions and interests, and support each other as they age.
  • Showcase Village Hub members and how the Hub has changed their lives.
  • Provide an overview of the American Village Model, its history, achievements and learnings.
  • Create an opportunity for new/developing Villages/Hubs around the state to tell their story so far and connect
  • Present how the Village Hub model aligns with Asset Based Community Development and the potential for Villages/Hubs to transform the broader community they are embedded in.

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Further information contact:
Maria D’Souza
Phone: 0404 957 780


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5 Mackie Street, Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, 6076, Australia