When we create communities with older people at the center, we create liveable communities for everyone. We need to build communities that support people to age well, and the community has to be involved in leading that change. No one knows their community better than the folk who live in it.
Too often we have heard that people feel invisible and they’re not being seen or heard. COTA Queensland staff have been traveling around the state hosting a series of Community Conversations. These conversations are aimed at giving people a safe space to tell us all about their communities and the opportunity to explore solutions to support them.
We ran nine sessions around the state, reaching as far north as Cairns and west to Mt Isa. We talked with the community about a wide range of issues including housing, transport, respect and social inclusion, outdoor spaces, community support and health services, opportunities for work and social and civic participation.
We have gathered the feedback and discussions from the events, and we will have our findings ready to share very soon so stay tuned!