OPAP


East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)

Welcome All!

The renovations at Kitchener Street are in full swing and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, albeit small. No date for the move back has been set but we are hopeful to relocate towards the end of September. We are very excited about the move back, the grand reopening and the combined celebration of the centre’s 30th birthday. What a wonderful prospect.

The 6th August is the Homeless Week Expo and BBQ, held outside the Library from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. The Seniors Week Expo at U3A, will be on the 22nd August at the Hume Ridge Church in 461 Hume Street, from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Come along and visit us at the stalls. These are great opportunities to learn what is new or improved.

The Language and Cultural Festival is on again at Queens Park on the 12th August from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a fantastic selection of food and craft items. For seniors in need of transport to a shopping centre, there is a council cab available.

The Carnival of Flowers Garden drive through is on again on the 12th of September. This is a fantastic way to see Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park from the comfort of the bus. Below is some information that could be useful for a family member, friend or neighbour. Feel free to share the details of the program.

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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