Alexandrina Councils Community Connect program offers a range of opportunities for older residents, younger people with a disability, and carers to build independence, health and wellbeing through:
- Linking people to their community by connecting individuals, organisations, and volunteers.
- Providing a program of services that build on health and wellbeing through participation in programs, activities and community life.
- Supporting people to remain independent at home by providing limited Home Assist services that could include e.g. home maintenance or the installation of hand rails and thresh-hold ramps.
Services are funded through the Australian Government Department of Health which includes funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the Government of South Australia Department of Human Services and contributions from residents.
Community Connect health and wellbeing programs can be accessed by anyone interested in being involved and connecting to their community. Volunteering opportunities also provide opportunities for participation.
Read more about Community Connect here.
Shared Skills in Strathalbyn is a dynamic youth programme of the Alexandrina Council for young people studying Year 5 and upwards living in the Strathalbyn and surrounding areas. 'Shared Skills in Strathalbyn' commenced in November 2003 as a program that links older and retired members of the community with young children aged from Year 5 and upwards who reside in Strathalbyn and surrounding area.
The program provides children with the opportunity to learn new skills across a variety of activities whilst building positive relationships with volunteer leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and skills in their chosen field. Activities offered so far have included woodwork, mosaic art, off street art, silk painting, hairdressing, archery, jewellery making, yoga, self defence and chocolate making.
The Shared Skills in Strathalbyn program runs during school terms only and brochures promoting the program are distributed to students and local schools and are available at the Strathalbyn and Goolwa Council offices and libraries. Read more about Shared Skills Strathalbyn here.
Star Club Program
The STARCLUB Field Officer provides direction and support to foster a vibrant sport and active recreation club culture in our region. The aim of the program is to work with communities to provide more opportunities for more people to become involved in club sport and active recreation. This is achieved by
- Striving for a culture of excellence in club management structures, processes and practices
- Establishing a strong community profile by building partnerships through sustainable relationship development
- Developing strategies, both internally and with stakeholders, to establish a sustainable and resilient sport and active recreation environment.
Read more about the Star Club Program here.
Advanced Care Directive (ACD)
An Advance Care Directive is a legal document that gives those who care for the frail-aged a clear understanding of their needs and wishes, should they lose the ability to communicate for themselves. Once completed, this document can be lodged with family, health care providers, GP's and the local hospital.
A volunteer from the Southern Fleurieu Health Service will be in attendance, at the Alexandrina Council offices in Goolwa, every Monday between 10.00am and 1.00pm, trialling the Advance Care Directive (ACD) Assist Program.
The Advance Care Directive Assist Program is conducted by a group of volunteers and provides support to individuals needing help to complete these forms. Witnessing of completed ACD forms is undertaken through the Fleurieu Justice Association to ensure compliance with relevant legal requirements. The documentation will be available for purchase from Alexandrina Council.
Advance Care Directive (ACD) kits are available for purchase prior or at the time of appointment, from the Goolwa & Strathalbyn Office.
- Kits are $5.00 each and include 2 application forms
- Additional forms are available for purchase at $1.00 each
Council thanks Dr Rob Thornton, Gerontologist, for his foresight in trialling this project within the Alexandrina District.
Appointments are necessary and can be made by contacting Southern Fleurieu Health Service on 8552 0600.