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New radio show helps seniors share their stories

Beck Sutton, Social Support Worker, Mount Alexander Shire Council and host of the new radio program for seniors on Radio88fm Castlemaine.

Mount Alexander Shire Council has launched a new radio program for seniors to help support social connections and reduce social isolation.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has launched a new radio program for seniors to help support social connections and reduce social isolation.

The Social Support Spotlight Radio Show is broadcast fortnightly on Sundays at 12.30pm on Radio88fm Castlemaine. The program can also be live streamed at radio88.com.au.

The new radio program is hosted by Beck Sutton, Social Support Worker with Mount Alexander Shire Council, and features a mix of interviews with social support clients and volunteers, song requests, music and other light entertainment.

“The last six months have been a particularly challenging time for many of our older residents, with COVID-19 increasing feelings of social isolation,” said Rosalie Rogers, Manager Community Wellbeing, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“This wonderful initiative aims to help people stay connected with one another, share their stories, and bring back some joy into people’s lives.”

The Social Support Spotlight Radio Show was developed in response to COVID-19 restrictions to support social connections and reduce social isolation, particularly for older residents without access to the internet.

“Council’s social support team have had to come up with innovative and creative ways to keep our older residents most isolated in our community socially connected in response to COVID-19,” said Fiona McInnes, Healthy Ageing Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The radio is a great medium to do this as most people have a radio at home. They can tune in on a Sunday afternoon and listen to friends sharing a little about their lives and their favourite music.”

The next Social Support Spotlight Radio Show is broadcast on Sunday 29 November at 12.30pm, and fortnightly thereafter. A Christmas Special is planned for Sunday 27 December.

Listen live to the Social Support Spotlight Radio Show on Sunday 29 November at 12.30pm on Radio88fm Castlemaine, or tune in via the live stream at radio88.com.au.



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