Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2016
UNLEYLIFE 19 Local businesses are being encouraged to improve shopping experiences for older people as part of the City of Unley’s Age-Friendly Retail Project. The number of older people in the City of Unley is increasing, with the latest Census data showing 22.2 per cent of its population is aged 60 or more. City of Unley Community Services Manager Celine Luya says the pilot project is part of the Council’s commitment to making the area as age-friendly as possible. “It will provide a model to help local businesses and retailers build on existing good practice and attract a greater share of the older consumer market,” she says. The project includes a mystery shopper program that has already attracted 13 businesses and 35 volunteers. Among the participants is Linda’s Beauty Therapy owner Linda Rothenberg. Linda says she and her staff members pride themselves on being able to cater for all age groups. “Older people still like to feel beautiful, and they especially enjoy the company,” she says. “ We have a chat and a laugh, and it’s a lot of fun. I find them fascinating because they have such interesting stories to tell.” The City of Unley will produce a final report on the outcomes of the pilot in December. For more information, visit unley.sa.gov.au Older shoppers to review retailers SAYarts Young theatre lovers have a rare opportunity for hands-on involvement through the Unley-based SAYarts group, which not only provides training workshops for children of all ages, but is also planning some big events over the next few months. SAYar ts Creative Director Bec Pannell says the group was created by former Urban Myth Theatre of Youth staff who were made redundant when Urban Myth closed in 2014. “ Together we form a collective that works with young people to give them not just theatre skills, but a sense of place and purpose - we are big on having fun and working hard,” Bec says. “ We think of our work as professionally resourced rather than amateur or community theatre. Our young people are guided in all areas of theatre-making, storytelling and performance by professional ar tists working in the industry.” For Youth Week from March 31 next year, a multimedia installation called Child X will be housed at the Unley Museum. The piece will focus on the experiences of a SAYar ts member who has been in foster care his entire life. For more information about SAYarts, including performance details, and how to get involved, visit sayarts.com.au or phone 0400 202 399.
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