Social Support Group

Through Social Support groups, the Maltese Community Council of Victoria (MCCV) provides Maltese older people living in the Northern and Western regions of Metropolitan Melbourne with an opportunity to socialise and stay connected with their friends and community.

The aim of the MCCV Social Support Group is to promote healthy, active ageing, as well as to maintain and enhance the physical, social, cultural and emotional wellbeing of Maltese community members over the age of 65. The Social Support Group also assists to promote their continuing independence within the community through a wellness and reablement approach.

By participating in a Social Support Group, older Maltese men and women can socialise with people who speak their language, undertake capacity building activities and share their life experiences.

On one of the outings organised under the PAG Program
On one of the outings organised under the PAG Program

Activities

All participants are invited to enjoy a delicious Maltese meal, followed by a range of planned activities which are overseen by the staff.

Some activities include:

  • music and pet therapy
  • group discussions
  • games and trivia
  • knitting groups
  • Zumba Gold
  • seated exercise
  • arts and crafts
  • regular outings
  • guest speakers
  • bingo
  • building digital skills

Fees

There is a fee involved with provision of these services and this depends on how often this service is delivered. All fees will be discussed with you before you start our programs.

How to access services

If you wish to access any of our services, you will need to be referred via My Aged Care and have an assessment by the Regional Assessment Service by calling on 1800 200 422 or by going to myagedcare.gov.au
You can call My Aged Care or if you prefer, a referral can be made by your Doctor, someone who already provides a home care services to you, or a family member or carer.
When you contact My Aged Care, you can let them know that you wish to use Maltese Community Council of Victoria CHSP services.

Assessment

Assessment is undertaken via initial phone-based screening by the My Aged Care contact centre followed by a face-to-face assessment conducted by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).
Potential recipients will participate in an assessment of their needs through a conversation with My Aged Care assessors. Carers and family members are encouraged to participate in the assessment process.
During this assessment, any special needs, life goals, strengths and service delivery preferences are discussed.

Transport

Participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements wherever possible, however, a community minibus can be made available. Taxis may also be used and we encourage all participants to have a multi- purpose taxi cards.

Contact us

We are located at 477 Royal Parade, Parkville and 14 Watt Street, Sunshine.
For more information, contact Maltese Community Centre on +61 3 9387 8922 or My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
The CHSP Social Support Group is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/commonwealth-home-support-programme-chsp .

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