Social Support Groups are supported by funding from the Commonwealth and State Government under the CHSP.
SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUPS (SSG)
Bilingual SSG staff provide linguistically and culturally appropriate community and welfare services to the Polish Community of Victoria.
Goals of the program
The program aims to assist frail aged and disabled people from Polish background and their carers by:
- Providing opportunities for members of the community to socialise with other people of similar background.
- Presenting opportunities to share useful information.
- Supporting involvement in group activities (e.g. discussions and guest speakers).
- Encouraging participation in physical and mental health-oriented activities (i.e. light exercises).
- Promoting participation in recreational activities (i.e. games, handcrafts, movies, singing).
- Providing necessary respite and support for carers.
Transport to and from the centres (by taxi) can be arranged through the Co-ordinator or Team Leaders.
We arrange transport services for participants of the following groups: Rowville (every Tuesday), Brunswick (every Wednesday) and Oakleigh (every Thursday).
SSG Sport Rowville (every second Wednesday), SSG Relax Rowville (every second Thursday) and SSG Ardeer (every Thursday)- clients arrange their own transport.
Every SSG serves a Polish lunch for all participants. Lunch is prepared according to traditional and distinctively Polish recipes, respecting specific dietary requirements. Morning and afternoon tea, cakes and biscuits are also provided.
Breakfast is served for SSGs in Rowville (Tuesday), Brunswick and Oakleigh.
Who is eligible to attend a Polish SSG?
Frail older people with Polish background, living in their homes who:
- are in need of care and assistance in daily activities;
- are no longer able to participate in social activities outside the home;
- are socially-isolated;
- are under continuous care by a member of family or friend who needs occasional respite;
- people with impaired orientation or partial loss of memory.
How can I join the Program?
You can be referred to My Aged Care in several ways: by yourself, relatives, friends, your doctor, visiting nurse, social worker and other health professionals or by another service provider.
Visit the My Aged Care website for more information, www.myagedcare.gov.au, or call 1800 200 422.
Our organisation will be happy to provide you with information about available services. Call us on 03 9569 4020 or write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
A small fee is charged for participation in SSG Program.
For participants who have Home Care Packages, the fee will be charged from this package.
Where are the Polish SSG Centres?
Polish House ‘Syrena’
1325 Stud Rd, Rowville VIC 3178
SSG Rowville: every Tuesday, from 9 am to 3 pm
SSG SPORT Rowville: every second Wednesday from 10 am to 3.30 pm
SSG RELAX Rowville: every second Thursday, from 9 am to 3 pm
Fleming Park Community Hall
104-106 Victoria Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Every Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm
‘Don Bosco’ Senior Citizens’ Hall
40 Haughton Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166
Every Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm
John Paul II Polish Community Centre
6 Helene St, Ardeer VIC 3022
Every Thursday – from 9.30 am to 3 pm
Doveton Senior Citizens Centre
4 Peace Ct, Doveton VIC 3177 (entry from Chestnut Rd)
Every second Monday from 9.45 am to 2.45 pm
Who do I contact?
Mrs Malgorzata Zuchowska – Care Services Manager/SSG Coordinator
Polish Community Care Services Inc. ‘Polcare’
3 Chester Street, Oakleigh 3166, Australia
Ph: (03) 9569 4020
Mobile : 0409 143 512