Umbrella Inc. has many different social support programs which aim to help seniors to make and maintain friendships, maintain independence, improve well-being and stay active.
The program activities are organised according to the attending seniors’ interest and abilities. These regular sessions are held at accessible and safe venues around the Perth metro area, mainly in Bedford. Activities are organised with transport, morning and afternoon tea provided.
Thank you a lot for inviting me to attend the Internet Café program. I really enjoy the sessions. Now I am sending emails to many of my relatives and friends who live far away.
Home @ Home
The Home @ Home programs involve small groups of people who share a common language, culture, spirituality or interests and operate from a participant’s home or nominated meeting place with shared morning tea, lunch and recreational outings. Participants may bring lunch with them or go out somewhere to share a meal (each person is responsible for their lunch). The Home@Home model provides an alternative to people who may find attending a larger group difficult for a range of reasons.
Current Home @ Home Groups are:
- Polish – two projects operating fortnightly on Thursdays and Fridays
- Spanish – Thursdays
- Italian – Mondays
- Macedonian– Wednesdays
The Multicultural Men’s Shed program runs weekly and clients attending are from various ethnic backgrounds.
Don’t let the tools fool you – our Men’s Shed is more than just a workshop. It’s a place of friendship and fun. You can socialise, establish new mateships, create woodwork projects and share your experience with others. Some woodwork items are on high demand and are being sold to other seniors as fundraising money for new materials. Morning tea is included in the program. The Multicultural Men’s Shed operates weekly on Fridays.
Clients attending the Internet café are able to learn skills such as purchasing weekly groceries online, staying in touch with family and friends using Facebook or Skype, obtaining news and information in their first language and relaxing by playing computer games including solitaire and Farmville. These sessions allow participants to either bring their personal laptops or tablets or use the equipment provided. We offer a beginner and advanced lessons to suit your needs.
WE CARE – Friendly Visiting Program
“A little extra caring goes a long way” This innovative program offers up to 2 hours of peer social visit monthly to isolated Home and Community Care (HACC) clients in their own home. This program aims to provide seniors living at home with the opportunity to socialise with others from the same cultural and linguistic background and maintain social connections. The participants of the visiting team are also HACC clients who volunteer their time to visit their peers. Seniors have an additional opportunity to be actively involved in the group’s activity such as singing, telling stories, showing photos, playing games and go for a walk or to the garden.