On Friday the 24th May the Office for the Ageing (OFTA) and TACSI celebrated the successful recipients in the Innovation in Ageing challenge. Ten finalists presented their final pitches to the judges who included Jeanette Walters, Director of Ageing and Intergovernmental relations, David Panter CEO of ECH, Georgia Heath, Co-founder of Yup Yup Labs and Lea Parsons Lived Experience expert.
Over six hours the final ten teams pitched their ideas to the panel culminating in a presentation by the Hon. Stephen Wade, Minister for Health and Wellbeing to the grant recipients of the Challenge.
The four winners including Test Kitchen, The Australian Association for Environmental Education (SA Chapter), Art Engineers and the Art Bus, and Unity all shared in the total $100,000 funding plus mentoring from TACSI.
The final presentations included innovative ways to provide interactive dining experiences to communities and neighbourhoods (Test Kitchen), through to bringing together neighbourhoods to establish networked butterfly sanctuaries in residents front gardens (The Australian Association for Environmental Education SA Chapter).
Strengthening neighbourhood networks for the creation of social art experiences for older people is the focus of the project by Art Engineers and the Art Bus. Unity are designing a program to counter social isolation by creating opportunities for intergenerational connections through a variety of tailored experiential activities.
Each of these teams will now be able to fund the development of these valuable community initiatives for older people living in South Australia. The mentoring they will receive from TACSI will ensure that people’s lived experience is placed at the core of these development processes.
For more information around the challenge and grant recipients go to the Innovation in Ageing challenge web site.