Social Services

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Planned Activities Group (PAG)
Emergency and Disability Services
Independent Living Units

Planned Activities Group (PAG)
The Planned Activities Group (PAG) provides social and recreational programs for people who are frail aged, people who have a disability and people from  non-English speaking backgrounds. The activities are designed to provide clients with physical, social, intellectual and emotional stimulation. PAG operates five days per week and includes some weekend excursions.

Regular activities for the year are as follows:

  • Water aerobics (weekly)
  • Centre-based meals (twice weekly)
  • Men’s exercise classes (twice weekly)
  • Friendship sewing group (weekly)
  • Gentle exercises (2 times per week)
  • Arthritis exercise (2 times per week)
  • Bridge club (2 times per week)
  • Walking group (weekly)
  • Movie afternoons (monthly)
  • Book club (monthly)
  • Bus trips out of town (fortnightly)

Emergency and Disability Services
Emergency Assistance
Emergency assistance programs are provided for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including women and children experiencing domestic violence. For people experiencing an immediate crisis, assistance is provided to deal with the situation in a way that maintains dignity and encourages self reliance. Though these programs may be small in size and client numbers, in a remote community such as Mallacoota, which has a low socioeconomic base and is isolated from social services, they play a critical role in the well being of clients who access the service. In total, there are five programs providing emergency assistance.

The Homelessness Support Program– provides help to young people, single adults and families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. This program is Australia wide, and is funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

Support is provided according to assessed needs, and covers a flexible and wide range of areas, such as housing, health, financial, emotional support, legal, education and training.

The other three programs are ‘Kids Under Cover’, the ‘Housing Establishment Fund’, and ‘Community Housing Ltd / Housing Information and Referral’.

Disabilty Services
MDHSS manages the ‘Making a Difference’ and ’Intensive Support Packages’. These packages are proactive and enable MDHSS to provide excursions which promote social interaction and the development of life skills, and provide an opportunity for experiences outside of Mallacoota.

Independent Units
MDHSS manages five independent units. The units, four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom, are located within MDHSS grounds. Features include:

  • security of tenure
  • delightful garden setting
  • realistic entry contributions
  • low weekly rental charge
  • heating and air-conditioning
  • parking area
  • verandah at the rear of each unit

The MDHSS Units are located within easy walking distance of MDHSS facilities and the local Medical Practice. Access to on-site health and support services is available. The units offer a flexible and comfortable lifestyle for people who wish to live without problems associated with maintaining a home. Residents who live in the MDHSS Units are fully independent and responsible for their own cooking and cleaning. They are welcome to enjoy the activities and programs offered through MDHSS, for example: regular lunches, craft activities, gentle exercise classes and bus trips. Residents enjoy friendship, independence, security and quality of life in comfortable surrounds.