The STREETFACE project, featuring photos and stories of nine residents from across the G21 region, demonstrates how movement provides a wealth of health and wellbeing benefits, both physical and emotional.
The project shines a light on older members of our community who have experienced a life transition.
From Josie’s story of moving from farmland to suburbia without knowing anyone, to Bob’s experience of open-heart surgery and lymphoma, each of the real-life stories provides insights to encourage others to find resilience and empowerment through physical activity to improve health and wellbeing.
City of Greater Geelong mayor and G21 chair Cr Stephanie Asher said it was great to see STREETFACE bringing awareness to another important campaign.
“Each year, STREETFACE reinforces the adage that every person has a story. Through the compelling personal narratives, we also learn some common threads and universal truths that help us to take care of our own health and wellbeing,” Cr Asher said.
“It’s exciting to see this year’s STREETFACE become a partnership with neighbouring councils, G21 and others working together to raise awareness for active living in our community.
“I encourage anyone out and about to stop by the nine locations and read the stories told by each community member.”
G21 Health & Wellbeing Director Zoe Barnett said the STREETFACE project builds on the work of/ complements G21’s Healthier Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative.
“It’s so important to support people, particularly the older people in our community, to remain physically active,” Ms Barnett said.
“It’s inspiring to showcase the lived experience of people in our region already benefiting from being out there and active, celebrating their achievements and reminding everyone that physical activity goes a long way towards good mental and physical health and wellbeing.”
The large STREETFACE decals went on display in late June and will stay until Friday 27 August at the following Greater Geelong locations:
- City Hall
- Bus Port
- Geelong West Town Hall
- Bellarine Community Health, Portarlington
- Civic Centre car park; and
- Grovedale Neighbourhood House.
A STREETFACE decal will also be displayed at Kanyana Seniors Centre in the Colac Otway Shire.
As part of STREETFACE this year, community members are also encouraged to take part in the online survey, which includes a series of questions on this year’s project and theme (before 25 August 2021).
The current project has brought together G21 – Geelong Region Alliance, the City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Barwon Health, Dementia Australia, Bellarine Community Health and Humans in Geelong.
STREETFACE started in 2009 as a City of Greater Geelong project, with previous campaigns recognising NAIDOC Week, Refugee Week, the VALiD Having a Say Conference and National Youth Week.
Read the stories of each of the nine STREETFACE participants by visiting humansingeelong.com
To download a PDF of the stories of the nine STREETFACE participants click here