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Group Activities Programs

 Social Support Groups Activities Program

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Carers Groups

ADEC Carers Groups Program offers a unique social support opportunity for Carers and Care Recipients.

The program was established over ten years ago with only two language groups. In 1997, the program grew to include five groups in five Ethno specific languages located in the Northern Region. Since its expansion in  2001, the program has grown considerably to include nine Ethno specific languages (Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Afghan, Japanese and Karen). ADEC now runs 16 Ethno specific Carers’ Support Groups. The program consists of a Social Support Program Coordinator, a Support Plan officer and Group Facilitators (Bi-lingual workers) who run the groups. Light refreshments provided.

 

Mental Health/Well-being Groups

ADEC Facilitates Emotional/Well-being support groups for people with mental health concerns, their Carers and family members. ADEC is currently running 5 Mental Health/ Well- being groups across Northern and Western regions of Melbourne. These groups are language specific. Currently these groups are run in five languages (Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese and Afghan).

These groups meet monthly and offer culturally appropriate information, education, peer support and recreation sessions. Members feel comfortable to support each other and receive and exchange information in their native languages about mental health and its services. This program not only help and support individual group members, but also have a role in reducing the stigma of mental health concern within their communities.

 

 High Needs Groups

ADEC also runs 13 High Needs Groups in five languages (Chinese, Turkish, Afghan, Karen and Arabic) across Northern and Western and Southern regions. High needs groups offer support to Frail aged and people with disabilities who are experiencing social isolation. This client groups are picked up from their homes and taken out on an outing (such as a free lunch at a restaurant, picnic in a park, movie, etc.).The clients are given an opportunity to move around in a group under professional supervision and have an opportunity to socialise with each other thus reducing their social isolation.

 

 Program objectives

·         To encourage participation of people from ethnic backgrounds in existing support/recreation services.

·         To facilitate the development of an informal support network for Carers from ethnic backgrounds and Care recipients

·         To increase members’ knowledge on disability, recreation and support services

·         To support carers from ethnic backgrounds and Care recipients and address the issue of isolation and difficulties in access and integration of existing disability support services.

·         To facilitate the empowerment of Carers and people with disability.

 


Aims of Groups Program Activities;

·         To provide information, education, support and skills to Carers to support their roles as a Carer in the community.

·         To provide the program in an integrated manner in order to link Carers and Care recipients to local and broader appropriate services.

·         To continue to provide and facilitate the development of flexible recreational Respite opportunities.

 


Groups’ outcomes;

·         Encourage Carers and families to access Social Support Services

·         Promote the concept of “Carer” within the Ethnic communities

·         Increase the participation rates in disability and Respite services

·         Provide formal/informal learning or training on issues identified by Carers

·         Encourage Carer involvement in preparing plans of activities

·         Empower Carers and Care recipient to make better informed decisions

 

 
Meetings;

All groups meet on a monthly basis. There is no cost for clients to join these groups. Membership to all groups is free. A breakdown of carers’ groups can be found by clicking 

 

Activities include;

·         Guest Speaker/Information sessions on a requested topics

·         Memory games

·         Bingo

·         Art and Craft activities

·         Outings and educational excursions to places of interest

·         Knitting

·         Gentle exercises/Yoga

 

 

Eligibility;

High Needs Groups;

·         Frail aged/people with disabilities (may use a walking Aids e.g. Frame/FW etc.)

·         Socially isolated

·         From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background (CALD)

 

Carer Groups;

·         Someone who is a Carer of a person with a disability/mental health concern

·         Socially isolated

·         From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background (CALD)

·         Referral/self-referred who believe that an individual will benefit from the support group

 

Mental Health/Well – Being Groups;

·         People diagnosed as experiencing mental illness who are under the care of a psychiatrist, General medical practitioner, or a mental health worker

·         Referral/self-referred who believe that an individual will benefit from the support group

·         From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background (CALD)

·         People on a Voluntary Community Treatment Order (but not people on an Involuntary Community Treatment Order)

 

Click here to view our Social Support Group Activities Programs 2018-2019

Click here to view our Social Support Group Activities Fee Schedule 2019