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Funding boost for Nelson age-friendly project

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The Nelson-Tasman Community Transport Trust is one of eight organisations to receive funding in the latest round of the Community Connects grants.

Community Connects grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support their community to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants up to $15,000.

The Nelson-Tasman Community Transport Trust received $12,500 to research the transport needs for the older people in the district, and trial a community bus service to inform the development of an effective community transport service model

It was one of eight projects to receive funding in the April round.

Nelson-Tasman Community Transport Trust Treasurer Nathalie Lacaze Campell said the project follows long-term calls for increased public transport services in rural areas around the region, and the need for the elderly population to access and enjoy social activities.

"The grant will be used to research the needs of elderly people in Mapua, Motueka, Tapawera, and with a trial bus service soon to start in Wakefield, with the result of the research being used towards our long-term plans to offer transport options in those areas," she said.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, said the successful projects would help communities get ready for an ageing population.

"We know that across the world, our population is getting older," she said.

"With the right planning and support, we can create environments where older people are valued, connected and able to participate in their community.

"These projects will help us achieve that and make sure our communities are age- friendly for everyone."

For more information on Community Connects, go to www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz

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