Umbrella Inc. has many different social support programs which aim to help seniors to make and maintain friendships, maintain independence, improve well-being and stay active.
The program activities are organised according to the attending seniors’ interest and abilities. These regular sessions are held at accessible and safe venues around the Perth metro area, mainly in Bedford. Activities are organised with transport, morning and afternoon tea provided.
Thank you a lot for inviting me to attend the Internet Café program. I really enjoy the sessions. Now I am sending emails to many of my relatives and friends who live far away.
Home @ Home
The Home @ Home programs involve small groups of people who share a common language, culture, spirituality or interests and operate from a participant’s home or nominated meeting place with shared morning tea, lunch and recreational outings. Participants may bring lunch with them or go out somewhere to share a meal (each person is responsible for their lunch). The Home@Home model provides an alternative to people who may find attending a Centre Based Day Care program difficult for a range of reasons.
Current Home @ Home Groups are:
- Polish – two projects operating fortnightly on Thursdays and Fridays
- Spanish – operating monthly on Thursdays
- Former Yugoslavia – operating monthly on Thursdays
- Italian – operating monthly on Mondays
- Hungarian – commencing: date to be advised
The Multicultural Men’s Shed program runs weekly and clients attending are from various ethnic backgrounds.
These men have the opportunity to interact socially, establish new mateships, create woodwork projects and share their experiences and knowledge from the past. Some woodwork items are on high demand and are being sold to other seniors as fundraising money for new materials. Morning tea is included in the program. The Multicultural Men’s Shed operates weekly on Fridays.
Social Support for Seniors Clubs
Umbrella Inc. provides transport to HACC eligible members of senior clubs so they are able to maintain their social interactions on a weekly basis. Currently, Umbrella Inc. provides support to Cracovia’s Seniors Club with a door to door transport service to eligible members.
Clients attending the Internet café are able to learn skills such as purchasing weekly groceries online, staying in touch with family and friends using Facebook or Skype, obtaining news and information in their first language and relaxing by playing computer games including solitaire and Farmville. These sessions allow participants to either bring their personal laptops or tablets or use the equipment provided. We offer a beginner and advanced lessons to suit your needs.
Multicultural Daybreak Challenge Group
The program enables eligible seniors to meet and engage in social activities with their peers on a weekly basis. The seniors gather at the Bedford Community Church and they can participate in different games such as card games or dominoes. This program is perfect for seniors who prefer to stay in one place rather than attend outings and bus trips. Light refreshment is provided. The program operates from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm every Tuesday.
WE CARE – Friendly Visiting Program
“A little extra caring goes a long way” This innovative program offers up to 2 hours of peer social visit monthly to isolated Home and Community Care (HACC) clients in their own home. This program aims to provide seniors living at home with the opportunity to socialise with others from the same cultural and linguistic background and maintain social connections. The participants of the visiting team are also HACC clients who volunteer their time to visit their peers. Seniors have an additional opportunity to be actively involved in the group’s activity such as singing, telling stories, showing photos, playing games and go for a walk or to the garden.