Multicultural Social Support Program
The Multicultural Social Support program provides social support services to meet the needs of frail aged, elderly people and younger people with disabilities and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The service aims to enable people to live independently in their own home and provides assistance through a companion (volunteer) either within the home environment or while a person is accessing community services or facilities. The service is primarily directed towards meeting the person’s need for social contact/accompaniment in order to participate in community life and reduce isolation.
Services that we can provide may include:
- One to one support to attend a social activity
- Sharing an interest with a small group of people, supported by volunteers
- Friendly visiting
- Telephone based monitoring services
- Letter writing for the client
- Shopping, bill paying and banking where the client is accompanied by the worker
- Individual transport to appointments
- Minor garden and home maintenance
Support services are provided by trained volunteers and include: home-visits, companionship, light house work and other services as negotiated with the service coordinator.
Who is Eligible?
- Frail older people from CALD backgrounds
- People from CALD backgrounds with a disability
- Carers of the above
Is there a cost for the service?
- Social support/companionship is free of charge
- Transportation involves a fee per kilometre travelled
How do I access the service?
- The Multicultural Social Support program accepts self-referrals from any service providers, the amount of assistance depends on resources available and assessment of individual needs.
Covering Campbelltown and Wingecarribee Local Government Areas.
Funded by the Ageing and Aged Care Stream, Department of Health.