OPAP


East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)

Welcome All. We wish all the Mums a very Happy Mother’s Day on May 14th.

May is another exciting month starting with Volunteer’s Week from 8th –14th May, and on the 16th May is the Energy Savvy ‘Bring your Bills’ information session and lunch, so bring your bill in and learn how to save. The Biggest Morning Tea in aid of cancer research and awareness is on 31st May.

Our gardening crew Elizabeth, Jason and Mick have worked hard to make the gardens look neat and tidy and the resulting blooms speak for themselves. Thank you very much for your dedication and passion as it makes the centre look more welcoming.

QCOSS and Ergon approached 10 Regional Community Centres to run the Energy Savvy Families Program, one of which was East Creek. The aim is to help families with dependent persons manage their power bills and power usage through the installation of digital meters and switching to monthly power bills. The Energy Savvy Families program is part of the Queensland Government's planned rollout of digital meters across regional Queensland. The program is aimed at low-income families with at least one dependent child. The objective of the Energy Savvy Families program is to ensure that families in regional Queensland are supported to manage their electricity bills on a monthly basis and make it easier to budget their family income. In order to receive a monthly bill a new digital electricity meter will be installed at the premise where they reside. Phone: 4639 7255 Email: energysavvy@eastcreek.com.au

I am planning to go on a Darling Downs Cemetery Tour on 14th June to visit some of our historic places of rest, as well as including talks and break for lunch. If you would like to join, please call the centre on 4639 2755. Looking forward to hear from you.

Warm regards, Bea.


Safety While Out and About

If your out and about away from home, perhaps running errands or out for a walk, follow these tips from the Queensland Police Service from their 'Confident, Safe and Secure - a Handbook for Safety for Seniors ' to feel more safe and secure.

  • Put your money in different pockets or parts of your handbag
  • Use ATMs in public places where you can be seen by many people
  • When walking, avoid short-cuts and dark, unlit areas
  • When walking, carry a mobile phone or money for a phone call
  • Sit near the bus driver or train driver/guard
  • When returning home in a taxi, have the driver wait until you're safely inside
  • Consider carrying a whistle or carry a personal security alarm
  • Park car in well-lit areas
  • Lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight when driving
  • Have your keys ready before you walk to your car.
  • If you are confronted by someone who is trying to take your bag, give it to them. This may go against all your instincts, but remember that no amount of money or inconvenience is worth personal injury.

The Aim of OPAP

To provide support to seniors by assisting them through social and personal development activities to promote confidence, self esteem and independence. Linking vulnerable older people to local services and social support networks. Raising awareness of the needs and issues of seniors whilst breaking down the barriers of those who are socially isolated.

OPAP Offers:

Broad, flexible, stimulating and strengthening program of activities.

Personal activity packages that are customised for client's needs.

Assessment points to support the client towards independent management of their program.

Personalised introduction at client's first activity appointments to lessen anxiety and increase retention.

Strengthening agencies work with older people.

Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to work within the OPAP program.

Community wide celebration of older people's achievements and contributions.

To encourage and support Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and CALD older people to participate in the Program.

Use of interpreters for CALD clients.

Activities

Social, recreational and educational activities are offered through East Creek Community Centre, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Community bus trips
  • Luncheons
  • Guest Speakers
  • Friendship Support
  • 'Safety in the Neighbourhood' Information
  • Heartmoves at Willows
  • Morning with the Stars
  • Walking groups
  • Eating with Friends Program

Funding

The Older People's Action Program was established by the Department of Communities (Queensland Government) in 1995, to assist seniors at risk of social isolation. Projects funded under the Older People's Action Program aim to assist seniors to increase their social participation and reduce fear of crime and increase their sense of safety and security in their communities.   

Contact

East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)
43 Kitchener Street
PO Box 4859
Toowoomba 4350
Phone: (07) 4639 2755
Email:

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