Community Participation

  

Research has shown that being actively involved with others is a crucial factor in maintaining a sense of wellbeing in later years.  This can include socialising, taking part in group activities, contributing to the community and devoting time to personal development.  The opportunity to keep up regular communication with family and friends and take part in meaningful activities was considered essential to enjoyment of life. 

The City of Mitcham offers a variety of opportunities for participation in social activity and personal development activities for people who are older and frail, younger people with a disability and family or friends who care for them.

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

 

 

 

Read on for details of our Community Participation Programs  

Community Connections (Accompanied Activities)

Accompanied Shopping

Tuesday and Friday Lunch Groups

Men's Lunch Group

Mahjong Group

Community Connections 

Community Connections (also known as Accompanied Activities) is a flexible and innovative means of assisting residents keep up their interests or participate in activities they enjoy. It is designed to encourage people to maintain social and recreational connections or establish new ones. We offer a range of assistance, 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 your preferred activity. Activities are 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

Our Coordinators can:

  • Provide you with information about community groups or activities relevant to you
  • Put you in touch with groups who have similar interests to yours
  • 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
  • Support your preference for how often you take part (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 of 6 hours per week, depending on any special needs.

How much does it cost?   

ActivityCost
Personal transport to a venue within the Mitcham Council area

$6 one way

$12 two way

Personal transport to a venue outside the Mitcham Council area

$9 one way

$18 two 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 additional social interaction, are unable to access activities or who require extra assistance in participating in new activities. Community Connections 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 can access other avenues of social support, e.g. aged care facilities or other agencies where arranged social support is available.

How do I request more information or apply?

Please contact the Coordinator on 8372 8804 or 8372 8803.

 

 

“Thank you for connecting my mother, Lois, with her volunteer.  It has given Mum something to look forward to and is the highlight of her week.  She feels that she is once again part of her community.” (Anne, daughter of Lois, a participant in the Community Connections Program)


 Community Connections has enriched my life, through exposing me to meeting other people and allowing me to join in activities, which otherwise wouldn’t have been available to me.”  (Elaine, who receives regular transport to her art class through the Community Connections Program) 
 

 “Using the transport provided by Community Connections has made a big difference to me.  Previously I wasn’t attending any activities.  Being able to socialise and meet friends on a weekly basis is very important to me.”  (Helen, who receives regular transport to Colonel Light Gardens Senior Citizens Club through the Community Connections Program) 

Accompanied Shopping

 Accompanied Shopping service

 

Accompanied shopping trips can be arranged for residents where the volunteer or contractor will provide transport and assistance at the shopping centre.  In cases where the resident is unable to leave home, arrangements can be made for a volunteer or contractor to collect a shopping list and carry out the required shopping on the resident's behalf.

How much does it cost?

Fees per person (no charge to carers who accompany residents)Cost
Shopping trips within the Mitcham Council area

$6 one way

$12 two way

Shopping trips outside the Mitcham Council area

$9 one way

$18 two way

 

 

 

  

 

 

Using Accompanied Shopping

To ensure the availability of the service to as many residents as possible, and the safety and security of passengers and drivers, the following conditions apply:

  • Use of the service is usually fortnightly or up to 26 trips per year, unless negotiated otherwise. 
  • A maximum of three pasengers per car is allowed for accompanying residents or carers.
  • We ask that you provide at least three working days notice of your shopping trip
  • Volunteers or contractors can provide low level assistance.  If a higher level of support is required, our Coordinators will suggest a referral to My Aged Care.
  • It is expected that the destination will be within or in close proximity to the Mitcham Council area.

Making a booking for Accompanied Shopping

For more information and to determine your eligibility, please phone the Coordinator on 8372 8829.

 

Accompanied Shopping Service

You may also be interested in Personal Transport and Community Bus Services.

Tuesday and Friday Lunch Groups

 

What the Lunch Groups offer

The Lunch Groups provide an opportunity for 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 a nutritious 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 are they held?

The groups meet once a week, either on a Tuesday or a Friday.

Tuesday Lunch Group

Meets every Tuesday from 10 am to 1.30 pm 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 9.30 am.

Friday Lunch Group

Meets every Friday from 10 am to 1.30 pm at the Blackwood Community Centre, 4 Young Street, Blackwood.  Lunch is included.  Transport for those in need is provided, with pick-ups commencing at 9.30 am.

How much does it cost? 

ActivityCost
Lunch and activities$14
Return transport (if required) (3 people per car)$6
Bus trips (includes transport and meal)$40

 

 

 

 

Who is eligible?

Residents who are aged and frail or younger people with a disability and their carers who would benefit from regular social interaction, are unable to access activities or who require extra assistance in participating in new activities. Lunch Groups are not suited to those who need one on one support with personal care, mobility or emotional and behavioural needs.  Lunch Groups are not designed for residents who can access 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 on 8372 8803 or 8372 8804.

Community Participation photo  

 

“The Tuesday Lunch Club gets me out of the house.  I enjoy the company and friendship.  The members are like family to me.  If you took it out of my life, there wouldn’t be much left.”  (Faye, Tuesday Lunch Club Member)


 “I live alone and for me the Friday Lunch Club is an opportunity to socialise.  Most weeks it is the only chance I have of an extended conversation.” (Ralph, Friday Lunch Club Member) 

Men's Lunch Group

What Men's Lunch Groups offer

These Lunch Groups are designed for male residents of the City of Mitcham. Also known as “Don Juan” (Dinner’s On Now, Join Us At Noon), they provide 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 are they held?

There are two groups - one meets on the fourth Tuesday and the other 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? 

ActivityCost
Bus transport$12
Plus cost of meal and drinks 

 

 

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact the Coordinator on 8372 8803. 

“I have been on my own for more than 35 years and I look forward to getting together once a month with the fellas.  It’s great to get out of town and see the countryside.  The companionship of the group is terrific.”  (John, Don Juan Club Member) 

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?   

ActivityCost
Each meeting$2
Includes afternoon tea 

 

 

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact the Coordinator on 8372 8803.

 

“The Mahjong Group is a special group and means a great deal to me.  It keeps my brain active.” (Valerie, aged 90, Mahjong Group Member) 

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.

 

Community Participation brochure

Community Wellbeing General Contact Details

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

 

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