Village Hub Victor Harbor & Goolwa

Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub

What is the Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub

COTA SA is establishing the Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub to bring older people together to support each other to age well.

The Hub will offer peer-to-peer volunteering and support, ageing well activities and events, information and support to access services, advocacy and representation about issues that matter to older people, as well as social opportunities between members.

The Hub will draw its members from older people living in the Southern Fleurieu, including Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Hindmarsh Island, Encounter Bay, McCracken and Hayborough.

COTA SA recognises the diversity of older people living in the region and will actively seek to engage with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) people as well as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people.

Get Involved

Over the coming months we'll be inviting local residents to tell us what you'd like to see in the new Village Hub through community workshops, surveys etc and we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to become involved as a volunteer or as a member.

We're also keen to engage with local businesses and organisations as potential sponsors and supporters of the Village Hub.

If you would like to discuss getting involved, contact the Village Hub Manager, Desmond Ford, or join the mailing list below.

Staying Connected

In the Southern Fleurieu, 61% of the population are aged over 50 years, the highest proportion of any area in South Australia. Approximately 20% of these people live alone.

Many older people in the southern Fleurieu region relocated to the area in their retirement, they live some distance from family members, and will face major life transitions such as moving house, loss of a partner, reduced mobility and changes in their health.

Research shows being connected with others is important for physical & mental wellbeing and that older people are keen to assist others to maintain connection as they age.

The Village Hub aims to support older people to stay connected with each other, with their community, with appropriate services and with the broader community.

How will it Work?

COTA SA established the Goolwa Victor Harbor Advisory Group in 2019 to create an avenue for the voices of older South Australians in the Goolwa-Victor area of South Australia to influence the directions of COTA SA to inform older people about issues and services that are relevant to them. This group has championed the establishment of the Village Hub and members of the Advisory Group will be represented on the Village Hub Steering Committee.

COTA SA has appointed a Village Hub Manager, Desmond Ford, to work with the Village Hub Steering Committee to oversee the establishment of the Village Hub.

Th Village Hub Manager and Village Hub Steering Committee will be responsible for establishing the ongoing governance of the Village Hub, recruitment of volunteers, setting up a membership structure and the considering the types of activities and programs to be offered by the Village Hub, through community consultation.

A National Network

The Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub is one of ten Village Hubs being established across Australia. Whilst each Hub will have its own unique focus, each Hub will share a common purpose to support older people to stay connected through a grass roots, community-owned and led movement that will improve their ageing experience.

Join the Mailing List

To stay connected to what is happening with the Village Hub, join the mailing list:

Receive Village Hub Updates

The Village Hub is intended to be a community based intiative accessible to as many older people living in the Southern Fleurieu as possible. If you, or someone you know would like to be involved but prefers to receive paper copies of newsletters and communications please contact us by phone or email (as below) and we will take your contact details.

Contact Us

For more information on the Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub, contact Desmond Ford, Village Hub Manager, via email villagehub@cotasa.org.au or phone 8224 5536

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information. The Goolwa Victor Harbor Village Hub is partnering with the Independent Living Assessment (iLA) who are the Village Hubs National Grant Manager.