Message from Bea...
Welcome to another month with OPAP,
Welcome back Sally, hope you had a great trip overseas.
This year’s Carnival of Flowers will be its 70th Birthday, and to help celebrate this milestone, I have entered ECCC in the Garden Competition as well as in the Hanging Basket Competition at the Cobb & Co. Our garden is taking shape and will be looking splendidly colourful by September. In the event that we win, a prize will be just the icing on the cake. Please feel free to come and have a wonder around the garden. The gardeners are here and happy to give you a tour on Tuesday afternoons.
Meditation Australia is coming to the centre on July 18th to present an information session on what meditation is all about, and to demonstrate that meditation can be practiced by everyone and of all ages. It is never too late to start learning. Learning something new is good for our brain functions as well (please see page 2 in the July newsletter for more details).
Also on July 18th, we are having a Savvy Seniors Day. This is a splendid opportunity to talk to the relevant community organisations, face-to-face, to learn what they can do for you (especially online). Please see flyer and page 2 of the July newsletter for more details.
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