Aged & Disability Services Awards

These annual awards are open to officers working in aged & disability services in Local Government, and aims to recognise the great work that Victorian Councils do in this space.

2018 Award categories

The Aged & Disability Services Awards are offered in two categories:

  • Grant-Based Outstanding Program or Project (funded by an external grant)
  • Non Grant-Based Outstanding Program or Project (funded and resourced by a Council) 

Both categories recognise the development and implementation of a program or project which has achieved significant service improvements through an effective and innovative approach.

2018 Winners

Outstanding program/project – grant based (funded by an external grant) program or project – Latrobe City Council, Connecting Seniors Project

During community consultation for its Positive Ageing Strategy/Action Plan 2017-2021, Latrobe Council discovered that many older members of their community had tried to access social groups but had felt unwelcome.

Fearing these people would become socially isolated, Council established a Welcoming & Age Friendly Program Advisory Committee which had face to face meetings with more than 50 community groups to learn what makes a club welcoming and age friendly.

Once the this was determined Council developed a training program for local clubs wanting to become accredited Welcoming & Age Friendly Clubs. To date, 28 clubs and groups have gained accreditation, with another 32 waiting on the next training session.

Outstanding program/project – non grant based (funded and resourced by a Council) program or project – Maroondah City Council, Pathways for Carers

Maroondah Council’s Pathway for Carers is a program that offers carers an opportunity to connect with other carers, local service providers, Council staff and guest walkers in a relaxing and supportive environment.

Participants can walk through nature and enjoy a coffee together in a cafe afterwards. The environment established by Pathway for Carers enables carers to have a deeper connection, share key learnings and understanding in addition to providing exercise.

Pathways for Carers enhances mental health and physical wellbeing combining walking and talking. The walking component allows for discussion and the opportunity to be completely heard as there are no distractions. This provides a platform for carers to establish supporting networks and to access much needed support services.

2018 winners

See the award booklet for the full list of finalists >

   2018 Aged & Disability Award booklet

Congratulations to Latrobe City Council, recipients of the grant based award for their project 'Connecting Seniors Project'.

Congratulations to Maroondah City Council for winning the non-grant based award for their project ''Pathways for Carers'.

See the highlights of the 2017 Conference & Awards on Flickr