Home' Community Care Review : CCR Jan Feb 2016 Contents I
n Melbourne’s inner south,
Sacred Heart Mission is
embarking on a project
to improve access to home
care for older people living
in community housing with
histories of homelessness and
As part of the Home Care for the
Homeless initiative, a case manager
will educate community and public
housing officers on the availability of
home care packages and identify clients
Sacred Heart Mission says the project
is a response to consumer directed care
and the need to ensure this disadvantaged
client group can be linked to the aged care
services they need.
In a recent review of the needs
of community housing tenants, the
organisation found up to 70 per cent of
clients required a home care service. A
number of tenancies were also under threat,
putting them at risk of homelessness.
Despite a high demand for services,
limited family and social networks
and a distrust of formal services are
common barriers to accessing aged care.
Awareness of government-subsidised
home care packages among community
housing officers is also low, says Sacred
To address this need, the project will aim
to build rapport and trust with clients in need
of services and assist them to navigate the
aged care system and assessment process
with home care staff that are trained
in working with this target group.
Staff have received additional
training in trauma, mental health
and homelessness person-
The organisation currently
delivers a home care package to 75
disadvantaged older people living in public
housing or boarding houses.
Sacred Heart Mission is one of 23
organisations to secure funding from the
State Trustees Australia Foundation’s
annual Grassroots Grants program.
The program offers individual grants of
up to $10,000 to organisations working in
the areas of ageing, disability and mental
health to support innovative community
projects that promote social inclusion.
Also receiving funding is Brotherhood
of St Laurence’s social inclusion program
for older disadvantaged people in inner
Melbourne. The Café Connections program,
which runs out of BSL’s Coolibah Centre,
aims to help its members stay engaged
with the community.
The Café Connections’ activities include
the Coolibah Café, complete with a
commercial espresso machine and barista
training for volunteers and Coolibah
members, a weekly discussion group for
the members and local people and social
outings and celebrations that cover diverse
interests and cultural backgrounds.
The Coolibah Café will sell coffee to
staff, members of the Coolibah Centre and
other Brotherhood services, volunteers and
visitors, further encouraging opportunities
for social interaction.
State Trustees executive general manager
Melanie Lewis says the foundation is
interested in assisting charities to respond
strategically to the introduction of the National
Disability Insurance Scheme, which was a
particular focus in the 2015 grant program.
“There is a strong need to support
communities, organisations and individuals
through the NDIS transition period to
enable a collaborative approach to the
change, and prevent people falling through
the gaps while adjustments are underway,”
Ms Lewis says.
Disability organisations to secure
funding include The Bridge Inc for its NDIS
readiness program targeting culturally
and linguistically diverse people with a
disability and their carers.
Able Australia Services will be
supported to deliver workshops for
people with deafblindness, which refers
to combined hearing and vision loss or
impairment. Multiple Sclerosis and the
Victorian Deaf Society were also successful
for their targeted NDIS projects.
Money for Jam is an initiative of
Melbourne-based think tank Per Capita’s
Centre for Applied Policy in Positive Ageing.
Per Capita was granted $10,000 to expand
its project which nurtures microenterprises
among seniors, and older women in particular,
to support their retirement incomes. n
The full list of winning initiatives, which
were announced in December, is available
Fresh thinking on
Aged support for the long-term homeless, a
barista training program to encourage community
engagement and a project to support small-scale
business ventures spearheaded by older women
are among the community projects that have
secured a funding boost to further their work.
By LINDA BELARDI.
Café Connections aims to keep centre members
engaged. Staff member Marica with Sok (left).
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