OPAP


East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)

I wish you all a happy Autumn. This is a time for comfy sweaters, warm drinks, soups or stews and beautiful coloured leaves, and it’s only around for three months, so make sure you don’t miss the sights and sounds.

June 9th celebrates “Pirate Day” in aid of childhood cancer research. We decided to have “Pirate Day” at the centre on Thursday June 8th instead, to give as many people as possible a chance to have some light hearted fun and entertain one and another. Feel free to come dressed up. An eye patch could be all you need to have some fun.

Our special outing this month is the Darling Downs Cemetery Tour. This is intended to be a historic tour to visit some of the region’s colourful past and the final resting places of well known people. The aim is to broaden your horizons, be informed, entertained, sociable and try something different. A lunch stop at the Cambooya pub should warm everyone up again

Are you a Blood donor? Ever considered donating? The Australian Red Cross is always looking for more donors to help those in need of blood transfusions (could be anyone of us). According to the statistics, 1 in 30 Australians donate blood but 1 in 3 Australian will need blood during their life!

Who can give blood? The majority of people between the age of 18 –70 years and weigh more than 50 kg can, but if you are not sure, check with your doctor. We are fortunate to have a Blood Donor Centre in Toowoomba situated on 661 Ruthven Street, in the old Spotlight building. You can simply walk in and make a booking and/or get some more information in regards to any concerns you have

For more in formation or to make a booking please call 13 14 95, go online www.donateblood.com.au, or simply drop into the Donor Centre.

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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