Multicultural Library and Seniors’ Community Hub

The Library and the Hub is an innovative and exciting project at our brand-new Belmont office and it will be the first of its kind in Perth. It has a focus on providing a safe and supportive space for seniors, including seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse, gender and sexuality diverse backgrounds and their carers to enjoy more than 3000 books in over 30 different languages and to access information about the aged care system in their own language.  This project would not have been possible without the support of the City of Belmont.

Opening Hours

The Library and the Hub is located at Umbrella’s Belmont office, 39 Abernethy Road, Belmont.

Monday: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Tuesday: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Wednesday: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Thursday: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Friday: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

The library will be run by experienced librarians and volunteers.

Available Languages

Currently the library has books and media in English, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, German, Dutch, French, Slovak, Hungarian, Danish, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Tamil, Vietnamese, Serbian, Hindi, Serbian, Macedonian, Swedish, Portuguese, Croatian, Indonesian, Russian, Maltese, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Malay languages and the collection is still growing.

Membership

All Umbrella clients, staff, volunteers and Board members are eligible to use the library and to borrow books.

Seniors 65 years and over living in the City of Belmont (who are not Umbrella clients) may also join the library and borrow books. To join they need to:

● Complete a Library Registration form.
● Pay a $5 membership fee.
● Show their drivers’ license or other authorized document as a form of ID.

Seniors living outside the City of Belmont may also use the library during opening hours but do not have borrowing rights.

Each library user will be issued with their own library card, however, all library cards will be kept in the library.

Seniors’ Community Hub

Umbrella Inc. operates a walk-in Seniors’ Community Hub at the Multicultural Library in Belmont. Seniors, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse, gender and sexuality diverse backgrounds and their carers are welcome to drop in and seek information.

The hub collects and holds extensive information about the available community aged care services, or how to contact MyAgedCare. The focus of the hub is to:

●  Raise awareness about the programs and supports available for seniors and their families
●  Address the misconseptions surrounding aged care services, disabilities and dementia
●  Provide information relating to normal ageing and how to access services

The type of information offered includes:

●  How to access the aged care system
●  My Aged Care
●  Home Care Services including the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages
●  Residential care
●  Flexible care
●  Eligibility criteria for home and residential care
●  Consumer-directed care
●  Fees and subsidies
●  How to compare aged care providers
●  Carer support services
●  Health-specific information
●  And many more related and useful topics.

History

3000 books in 30 different languages