What Does the Social Options Provide?
For some people it can be difficult to get out and about. Mount Barker District Council offers a range of social activities and other services to support residents to stay active and connected to the community. Eligibility criteria apply.
A volunteer can socially visit with you in your home or support you in the community for up to 2 hours per week/ fortnight. No cost.
Be supported short term by a volunteer to connect to an activity of interest, it may be with a service group a club or hobby group or even a set activity.
All outings require a booking and seats may also be limited depending on eligibility criteria. You can ask to be added to the mailing list for any of the outings.
Wallis Cinema Outing
Once a month on a Wednesday, movie buffs can be picked up at their door or meet us at the Wallis Cinema in Mt Barker to enjoy a morning tea and a quiz by popular personality Willsy before settling in to a nostalgia movie of Willsy’s choice. The movie is folloed by lunch at Auchendarroch.
A smaller group that meets for a coffee and a chart at various venues every second Tuesday.
Offered every second month on a Thursday afternoon, attend an Information Session on a variety of popular topics of interest followed by afternoon tea.
Bus outings are held monthly and usually involve a scenic drive to a location of interest and lunch.
The Barker Blokes enjoy lunch and an outing every one to two months and you can only begin to imagine the jokes, ribbing and good fun that is had by all.
Passengers are transported anywhere in the central business district of Mt Barker for shopping, banking and medical and other appointments, including the library. Currently runs on a Tuesday and Friday.
Who can we assist?
Any of the following who require assistance to connect to the community:
• frail, elderly people living in their own homes
• people of all ages who have a disability
• people who may care for or look after someone who is aged or has a disability
What do services cost?
Fees are kept to a minimum for all outings and trips and may include the cost for entrance, a meal, transport etc.
How do I apply?
• You can apply in person at the Local Government Centre situated at the Homemaker Centre at 6 Dutton Road Mount Barker or tel. (08) 8391 7234. If you are aged 65 or over, you will need to register with the Commonwealth Government's My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. Staff can assist you to apply if required.
• Family or friends can apply on your behalf
• You can be referred by a Health Practitioner
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, the Department of Health and Mount Barker District Council have contributed funds to the Social Options Program.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment:
- Contact us through the National Relay Service http://relayservice.gov.au/support/training/nrs-call-numbers/
- Give the National Relay Service our number – 8391 7234
For more information, visit: http://www.relayservice.gov.au