Message from Bea...
Welcome to a flowery September with OPAP
We have some good news, namely The Strand cinema is open again. Covid-distancing rules apply, however I am sure that this will not dampen our enthusiasm. See page three in the newsletter for more details.
On the 3rd of September we are celebrating Stroke Awareness Week with a morning tea starting at 10 am and finishing at 12 pm. We are waiting to see how the current Covid-19 restrictions are adjusted as the Lockyer Valley has been affected and precautions are put in place here in Toowoomba. That is why I will keep the Eating With Friends luncheons here at ECCC and order the food from different venues. You can read more about it on page 2.
At this stage we can have the usual 15 people in the downstairs room. As part of Adult Learners’ Week, 1st to the 8th September , we are having a visit from Hearing Australia on the 10th September and you can book a free 15 min hearing test by calling the centre. These tests are a good idea to keep track of our hearing abilities. I am always surprised how they can pick up small changes in my hearing!
I hope the Covid restrictions does not dampen your Carnival of Flowers activities, there is plenty you can still do, just a bit different and maybe you discover new and interesting events or even a new hobby to try out. MTAM 10th September is under review.
Warm Regards, Bea
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The Aim of OPAP
To provide support to seniors by assisting them through social and personal development activities to promote confidence, self esteem and independence. Linking vulnerable older people to local services and social support networks. Raising awareness of the needs and issues of seniors whilst breaking down the barriers of those who are socially isolated.
- Broad, flexible, stimulating and strengthening program of activities.
- Personal activity packages that are customised for client’s needs.
- Assessment points to support the client towards independent management of their program.
- Personalised introduction at client’s first activity appointments to lessen anxiety and increase retention.
- Strengthening agencies work with older people.
- Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to work within the OPAP program.
- Community wide celebration of older people’s achievements and contributions.
- To encourage and support Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and CALD older people to participate in the Program.
Social, recreational and educational activities are offered through East Creek Community Centre, which include, but are not limited to:
- Community bus trips
- Guest Speakers
- Friendship Support
- ‘Safety in the Neighbourhood’ Information
- Morning with the Stars
- Walking group
- Eating with Friends Program
Cuppa and Cards Group (Playing Canasta)
Join our wonderful card ladies (and gents) as they meld Canastas in an attempt to reach 5000 points first. They play every Tuesday from 10 am through to 12 noon. We currently have two regular groups going, but are always on the lookout for more participants. No appointment needed, just drop by and see, or if you are a seasoned player, feel free to try playing a game. Sessions are $3.00 person / session.
Sometimes the simplest of activities can be the most effective when it comes to keeping both mind and body active. Remembering to keep them active is especially important as we age. That is the philosophy behind East Creek's very own Walking Group, a group welcome to all where participants take a brisk stroll to nearby (and occasionally, not so nearby) locations on Tuesday mornings at 8:45 am. Our like-minded walkers get to enjoy trips to local parks and landmarks, the occasional stop to nearby cafes and plenty of opportunities for socialisation. Come along and give it a go.
Eating with Friends
This OPAP initiative aims to minimise social isolation, bolster sustainable / long term friendships between participants and getting out-and-about town to discover the many eateries and locales on offer. Once a fortnight on a Wednesday, participants turn up and enjoy a good chat and a meal with one another at a predesignated local venue in (or sometimes, outside of) town. Travel assistance is available (subject to availability) on request to attend, so there has never been a better time at East Creek to partake in the 'Eating with Friends' program. Please call / email / drop in and see us to find out more.
Morning Tea at the Movies
Since time immemorial, the pictures have been one of the 'go-to' places to have a good time with friends. East Creek believes this too, and as such, is able to offer a transport-assisted service (subject to availability) once a month on a Thursday to share a chic-flick or the latest heart-pounding action thriller at a discounted price at one of the local cinemas. Before the movie, participants have a small morning tea organised at the cinema showing the movie before they go inside for the screening. Bookings are essential, as there are finite spaces, so please call ahead. Movies may also change subject to the screening cinema, the coordinator will give you a call a few days before the movie to confirm. The cost for this activity is $6.00 per person.
Morning with the Stars
Bringing entertainment, laughter and having an all-round great time is the idea behind this OPAP event. East Creek has partnered with the Toowoomba City Golf Club to be able to offer you tickets to a monthly show held in one of their award-winning function rooms once a month on a Thursday. Every month has a changing roster of entertainers, with opportunity to purchase a meal afterwards, and with support for transportation available (subject to availability), these events should not be missed. Don't forget to check out who the guest star is for the month in our OPAP Newsletter (available above), or it can be emailed to you or given personally when you drop by. Please book in quick, as there are a limited number of spots available. The cost for this activity is $11.00 per person.
Community Bus Trips / Luncheons
Every now and again, some amazing opportunity becomes available that East Creek thinks their members would find interest in, or gain a benefit out of. Whether it is a trip around the community gardens, movie afternoons, or a tour of the RACQ Careflight facilities, (which have all happened in the past), these activities occur occasionally throughout the year. There is no preset format or cost, so the availability and requirements of the activity varies from one to the next. The only way to know about these is to stay up to date with our OPAP Newsletter, or partake in an OPAP activity, so please pick up a newsletter or join a group if it interests you. East Creek also finds value in bringing awareness to, and celebrating days of great importance, such as Adult Learners Week, or Harmony Day. These events are often hosted by a guest speaker, and features a small luncheon, so feel free to join us for those days when you can.