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 Club 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 Clubs

Men's Lunch Club

Mahjong Group

Community Connections

Community Connections is a program that was introduced three years ago and offers a flexible and innovative approach to meeting the needs of residents who, for various reasons, may be finding it difficult to socialise, keep up their interests or participate in activities they enjoy. The program has been specially designed to help people maintain social and recreational connections with others or establish new ones. We offer a range of levels of support, information and guidance to suit your needs and circumstances. One of our coordinators will visit you in your home for a preliminary discussion to establish what your interests are, provide information and work out with you the type and level of support you need to participate in an activity of your choice. The program 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 the program 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 the program

One social support opportunity per week, unless you are assessed as having a special need which would benefit from more. The maximum service provision should not exceed 6 hours per week.

How much does it cost?

 

Who is eligible?

Residents who are aged and frail or younger people with a disability and their carers, who may be socially isolated, unable to access activities for social support and who require extra assistance in participating in new activities. The program 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 Community Connections on 8372 8803 or 8372 8804.

 

 

Tuesday and Friday Lunch Clubs

 

What the program offers

The Lunch Clubs program provides 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?

Lunch Clubs meet twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Tuesday Lunch Club

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 Club

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?

 

Who is eligible?

Residents who are aged and frail or younger people with a disability and their carers, who may be socially isolated, unable to access activities for social support and who require extra assistance in participating in new activities.  The program 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 to join?

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

 

 

Men's Lunch Club

What the Program 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 Club 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 lunch club attendees to a different nominated destination each month.

How much does it cost?

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact Coordinator Community Connections on 8372 8803.

Mahjong Group

What the Program 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?

 

How do I request more information or apply to join?

Please contact Coordinator Community Connections on 8372 8803.

 

A Friday Lunch Club Member

Our Lunch Club Members enjoy bus trips to scenic spots and venues of interest around Adelaide from time to time. One of our regular Friday Lunch Club 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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