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PRISM projects

The PRISM project is a collection of digital stories of older Maroondah residents. The series of videos aims to highlight the positive contribution older people bring to our community and to combat ageism by re-shaping the narrative, beliefs and attitudes towards older people.

Videos will be released on our social media channels on a weekly basis. You can view our YouTube and Facebook pages to view the videos, or view them below. 


Barbara Watson

Barbara showcases her story of how she ended up in Maroondah and volunteering with local organisation, Maroondah Community Assist.

Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has seen three generations of Maroondah locals grow up in his street. The Air Force veteran wanted to give back to the inclusive community he has been a part of for so long and ended up at the Ringwood Men’s Shed. Now the President of the group, he has seen participation grow from nine to 70 since he started.

About the project

The PRISM project is a digital storytelling project to combat ageism by sharing positive stories and images of older Maroondah residents as a means to change deep seated ageist beliefs, attitudes and behaviours in the community. The videos also put a face to the many older residents in Maroondah who keep the heart of the community beating through their volunteer efforts.

Council engaged Humankind Enterprises, who has significant experience in strategic storytelling and social connection with older people, to deliver the project,

Council has partnered with three local community groups, Maroondah Voice, Ringwood Movie Makers and University of the Third Age (U3A) Croydon and volunteers from each group have been trained by Humankind Enterprises, an experienced strategic storytelling and social connection multimedia company, to help tell their stories.

The trained volunteers will ensure sustainability of the project by using the skills acquired to create additional video stories of other older Maroondah residents. The COVID-19 restrictions has meant recent interviews were undertaken via video conferencing.

We will be delivering a total of 16 videos featuring older Maroondah volunteers over the next 12 months. 

Further information

For further information on the project, contact Council's Active and Healthy Ageing Coordinator on 1300 88 22 33. 

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