Community Participation

  

Recent research shows that the majority of older Australians define active engagement as the prime factor in retaining quality of life and a sense of well being in their later years[1].  Active engagement encompasses social interaction, involvement in activities outside the home, giving back to the community and personal development.  The capacity to maintain connections with family and friends and take part in meaningful activities was rated as essential to enjoyment of life.  In recognition of this, the City of Mitcham offers a range of programs designed to enable people who are older and frail, younger people with a disability and family or friends who care for them to remain actively engaged in activities that interest them and provide opportunities for social interaction with others. 

[1] “The meaning of ‘active ageing’ to older Australians: exploring the relative importance of health, participation and security”, Buys, L. & Miller, E. 39th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, 2006.

The Local Government Association recently produced a promotional video of one of our Lunch Group gatherings, which provides an example of the kind of interaction enjoyed by residents who participate in our activities.  You can view it below or by followiing this link.

 

 

 

Read on for details of our Community Participation Programs  


Community Connections

Tuesday and Friday Lunch Groups

Men's Lunch Group

Mahjong Group

Community Connections

Community Connections offers a flexible and innovative approach to meeting the needs of residents who, for various reasons, may be finding it difficult to keep up their interests or participate in activities they enjoy. The service has been specially designed to help people maintain social and recreational connections with others or establish new ones. We offer a range of supports, information and guidance to suit your needs and circumstances. One of our coordinators will visit you in your home for a preliminary discussion regarding your interests, provide information and work out with you the type and level of support you need for an activity of your choice. The service is supported by trained volunteers (or Council approved contractors in some circumstances) and we make every attempt to ensure volunteers and residents are a “good match".

What Community Connections offers

Following an initial assessment of your eligibility and interests, our Community Connections Coordinator can:

  • Provide you with information about community groups or activities relevant to you
  • Put you in touch with groups who have interests in common with you
  • Provide personal transport to and from activities, if required
  • Provide extra support by attending activities with you, if required
  • Arrange for a volunteer to visit you in your home
  • Agree with you on the desired frequency of the activity (it can be a one-off or regular arrangement)

Scope of Community Connections

Assistance can be arranged for one social support opportunity per week or a maximum 6 hours per week depending on any special needs determined.

How much does it cost?

Service
Cost
Personal transport to a venue within the Mitcham Council area

 $5 each way

Personal transport to a venue outside the Mitham Council area

 $8 each way

Plus the cost (if any) of the activity or activities in which you participate

 

 

Who is eligible?

Residents who are aged and frail or younger people with a disability and their carers who would benefit from a greater amount of interaction, are unable to access activities or who require extra assistance in participating in new activities. The service is not designed for those who need one on one expert support with personal care, mobility or emotional and behavioural needs. It also does not include residents who are capable of accessing other avenues of social support, e.g. Aged Care facilities or other agencies where arranged social support is already available.

How do I request more information or apply for the service?

Please contact the Coordinator Social Inclusion on 8372 8804 or 8372 8803.

 

 

Tuesday and Friday Lunch Groups

 

What the Lunch Groups offer

The Lunch Groups provide an opportunity for eligible residents to take part in a variety of activities including bus trips, games, crafts and gentle exercise.  There are also regular guest speakers, entertainers and outings.  Activities are followed by lunch, which is optional, and is provided either at the venue or at an eating place in the local community.  There are three bus trips per year on our Community Bus to a venue outside of metropolitan Adelaide, and these include lunch.  Transport is available, if required, for most activities. 

When and how often is it held?

The groups meet twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Tuesday Lunch Group

Meets every Tuesday from 10.00am to 1.30pm at Westbourne Park Community Clubrooms, 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park.  Lunch is included.  Transport for those in need is provided, with pick-ups commencing at 9.30am.

Friday Lunch Group

Meets every Friday from 10.00am to 1.30pm at the Blackwood Community Centre, 4 Young Street, Blackwood.  Lunch is included.  Transport for those in need is provided, with pick-ups commencing at 9.30am.

How much does it cost?

Service
Cost
Lunch and activities

$14

Return transport (if required)

$6

Bus trips (including lunch)

$40

 

Who is eligible?

Residents who are aged and frail or younger people with a disability and their carers who would benefit from a greater amount of social interaction, are unable to access activities or who require extra assistance in participating in new activities. Lunch Groups are not suitable for those who need one on one support with personal care, mobility or emotional and behavioural needs.  It also does not include residents who are capable of accessing other avenues of social support, e.g. Aged Care facilities or other agencies where arranged social support is already available.

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact the Coordinator Community Connections on 8372 8803 or 8372 8804.

 

 

Men's Lunch Group

What Men's Lunch Group offers

This activity is designed for eligible male residents of the City of Mitcham. Also known as “Don Juan” (Dinner’s On Now, Join Us At Noon), it provides a social outlet for men who would like the opportunity of enjoying mateship with other men in an atmosphere of mutual support and fellowship.

When and how often is it held?

The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at the Mitcham Community Centre car park, 242 Belair Road, Lower Mitcham at a time to be confirmed. The Community Bus will then transport attendees to a different nominated destination each month.

How much does it cost?

 

Service
Cost
Bus transport

$12

Plus cost of meal and drinks

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact Coordinator Community Connections on 8372 8803.

Mahjong Group

What Mahjong Group offers

A friendly meeting place for mahjong enthusiasts to get together for a game. Afternoon tea is included.

When and how often is it held?

The group meets every Thursday from 1.00pm to 3.30pm in the Mitcham Community Centre, Room 2, 242 Belair Road, Lower Mitcham.

How much does it cost?

 

Service
Cost
Each meeting

$2

(includes afternoon tea

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact Coordinator Community Connections on 8372 8803.

 

A Friday Lunch Group Member

Our Lunch Group Members enjoy bus trips to scenic spots and venues of interest around Adelaide from time to time. One of our regular Friday Lunch Group members wrote to us recently expressing her appreciation for a day out that was organised for them and relating the day's events. To read her story, click here.

PACC General Contact Details

Contact Phone Number8372 8888
Email Addressmitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au

 

 

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