Aged And Disabled
Caring Neighbourhood Program
The Caring Neighbourhood is made up of a group of volunteers who extend friendship and support to people who are isolated from their community as a result of Age related issues or mental ill health.
The Caring Neighbourhood Program extends across the Southern Fleurieu covering the council areas of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina. Each day a volunteer from the Caring Neighbourhood Program helps someone in the local community.
Walking along the beach with someone who is trying to overcome their fear of going out alone; going shopping with an older person who has difficulty managing in the shops; reading to a person with limited vision; taking a group on a lunch outing or a visit to the park; introducing someone to a local community group; teaching art or knitting to people with limited dexterity; or taking someone to the library. The person being assisted is the one who chooses what they would find most meaningful.
The program is supported by the Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Councils. The Councils provide the infrastructure and cofund the program with Commonwealth Home and Community Care funding. The program is facilitated by a paid coordinator who visits the clients to ascertain their needs and manages the team of volunteers to run the friendship based programs.
The Caring Neighbourhood Program sincerely thanks the volunteers for their unfailing kindness to people who live in the communities of the Southern Fleurieu. Their valuable contributions make a difference.
For more information, about the program and activities we offer, please see the brochure below or phone the Co-ordinator, Helen Deguet Ph (08) 8551 0544 or email: email@example.com.
To register and organise a referral to attend one of our programs, you will need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au
Positive Ageing Taskforce
The Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Positive Ageing Taskforce is a collaborative inter-agency network which operates across Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor, and Yankalilla Council areas, with network links extending to Kangaroo Island. The Taskforce works with services that support frail older people and their carers to facilitate service reform and improve service cooperation and coordination at the regional level.
The work undertaken by the Taskforce aims to result in improved quality of life outcomes for older people. Taskforce stakeholders represent diverse sectors including community care, residential services, workforce development and various levels of government. The Taskforce is currently funded by the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program and local Councils and is one of twelve collaborative projects operating in metropolitan and regional South Australia.
Taskforce membership is open to anyone working or volunteering within the aged care sector, as well as community members with an interest in the wellbeing of older people.
More detailed information about current projects and training opportunities can be found at www.victor.sa.gov.au/flourishing
Further details can be obtained by contacting Michelle Fuller, Project Officer for the Positive Ageing Taskforce. Phone (08)8551 0571, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post PO Box 11, Victor Harbor SA 5211.
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