Social Support Group
Social Support is a chance for older people with varying abilities and their unpaid carers to get out and be with others living in the community. Social Support is available to those who are:
- 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
- 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless or
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS Participants)
Social Support promotes participation in social activities with others. It includes activities at centres and outings that help people to stay independent. Using the ‘Wellness & Re-ablement’ approach participants are encouraged to undertake activities of interest and are supported to be independent and connected within the community.
Accessing the Program
Social Support can be accessed by clients with funding through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or a Home Care Package (HCP).
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps senior Australians access a range of services, including Social Support. Those eligible for CHSP are required to pay a subsidised fee to attend our Social Support programs. To find out if you are eligible contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and ask for an assessment.
People with a Home Care Package (HCP) can also access the Social Support Program, with costs covered directly by your package.
To find out more about REDHS Social Support Group, contact our Intake Officer on (03) 5484 4465.