Social Support Groups provide eligible older Italians with an opportunity to socialise with their peers in a supportive, culturally appropriate, centre-based environment. Our Planned Activity Groups are offered in the North East, North, West and East regions of Melbourne.

The Social Support Groups aim to assist those who are physically frail, have dementia or other types of cognitive impairment or find it difficult to participate in general social groups. In addition to the socialising aspect of the program, Social Support Groups assist individuals in maintaining and enhancing their independence and connection to the community. Structured activities focus on improving the individual’s daily living skills as well as meeting their physical, emotional and social support needs. Group members are assisted by qualified Italian speaking staff. Participation at a Social Support Group also gives family carers much needed respite.

Eligibilty

Clients wishing to attend the Social Support Groups require an assessment by the Regional Assessment Service. This can be arranged by contacting My Aged Care. Once the referral is made, the program Coordinator will organise a time to visit you at home and develop a Care Plan which takes into account individual interests, preferences and care needs.

The assessment will involve the client, their carer or other people in their life, including family members, a case manager, etc.

Transport

Transport can be provided via taxi using multi-purpose taxi cards (if available).

Fee

A nominal daily attendance fee applies.

The CO.AS.IT. advantage

CO.AS.IT. provides a culturally specific service geared towards addressing the needs of members of the Italian-Australian community. We understand Italian-specific tradition, culture and way of doing things. The individual care plan is guided by the needs and wishes of the person needing care and, if applicable, their primary carers. All care coordinators have knowledge of the Italian language (and dialects) in order to best facilitate communication and understanding.

Enquiries and referrals

For further information on the CO.AS.IT. Social Support Groups and to make a referral, contact CO.AS.IT. on 03 9349 9000 or complete the online enquiry form.

Caring

Our staff listen to you and take your needs and wants very seriously.

Bi-lingual

All our personnel speak Italian and most speak an additional dialect.

Culturally aware

We understand the specific cultural needs, starting with meals.

Flexible and personable

We work with you and/or your loved one to promote the needs that matter most.
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