A BEDFORD-based community organisation will transport more than 100,000 older residents to their mobile services and events through a new van.
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services, which offered aged care services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CaLD), received $30,000 from Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, as part of the State Government’s local jobs initiative.
A further $10,000 in funding will go towards cyber-security workshops for seniors.
Umbrella chief executive Anna Harrison said the van will cover the entire metropolitan area.
“We received $30,000 for the van to facilitate our mobile services and the provision of information for our multicultural clients in our community,” she said.
“We want to let older people know that they have choices rather than being bombarded or pushed to do one or two services.”
Ms Harrison said the organisation’s main services include providing domestic assistance in cleaning, cooking and shopping as well as leisure activities like dances and excursions.
Ms Baker said Umbrella was an established and innovative service provider in the Maylands electorate.
“The management and staff are passionate about supporting their clients,” she said.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia said funding for CaLD programs and facilities will create job opportunities.
In WA, more than $842,000 in grant funding had been awarded to 17 community organisations for 19 local CaLD community projects.