Mosgiel village hub discussion

The meeting will be held in the Mosgiel Senior Citizens Hall. Photo: supplied
The meeting will be held in the Mosgiel Senior Citizens Hall. Photo: supplied
The concept of creating a village hub for retirees in Mosgiel, along the lines of those established around the world, will be discussed at a public meeting next week.

The meeting, which is open to all interested people, will be held at 10.30am on Wednesday, July 11 at Mosgiel Senior Citizens Hall, 5 Hartstonge Ave.

The idea of village hubs comes as a means for older people to come together for mutual support, such as to recommend someone to fix a leaky tap or provide a ride to the doctor, or simply for friendship.

The first village hub was founded in Boston's Beacon Hill neighbourhood in 2001 by a group of residents who did not want to relocate or move in with their children.

Now there are about 160 such "villages'' in the United States, and others are being established around the world, including in Sydney.

Prof Andrew Scharlach, of the University of California, studied the village hub movement and said "the No 1 thing that people report is a sense of security, the sense that when they need it, help will be available''.

"This is really about individuals taking their life into their own hands and creating something that didn't exist.''

Villages are run by their members, and each village is different - some have a small paid staff, others are run by volunteers.

Many groups provide courtesy rides to medical appointments or for shopping, or volunteers to come over and help out with things like changing a light bulb.

They also provide information on locally available programmes and services, sometimes organising their own to ensure varied options are available.

• Find out more at the meeting on July 11.

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