OPAP


East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)

Greetings All The trees are looking bare and the temperatures are definitely on the cool side but the good news is, Spring is only 9 weeks away. We have no news about the planned renovations of the Centre, so we are conducting business as usual and we will inform you as soon as we have more details on the renovation.

The DD Cemetery tour was very interesting and we all learned a lot about including the fact that the locations of ‘Rest’ are in very windy locations!

Tax Help is starting from the 3rd week in July and will run until the end of October. Please call our helpful receptionists to book an appointment. 4939 2755

Dealing with a funeral is a stressful time and choosing what is right for you can be confusing. Here is some information to help you make an informed decision.

How much does a funeral cost? $ 4000 – 15000 here are the typical items you need to pay for when arranging a funeral: Funeral director fees, Transport, Coffin, Death certificate, Permits, Burial / cremation, Cemetery plot.

Other expenses, such as a celebrant or clergy, flowers, newspaper notices and the wake Super and other ways to pay for funerals This money can be used to pay for a funeral but it can take some time for it to be paid out.

Pre-paid funerals check out the pros and cons as well as the different states laws. You should ask for a full description of the costs to see exactly what you are paying for. Funeral service operators who don't reveal the costs of a funeral are in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Funeral bonds Money invested in burial plots, pre-paid funeral plans or funeral bonds (up to the Funeral Bond Allowable Limit) is not subject to the asset or income test for the Age pension. See the Centrelink's page on funeral bonds and prepaid funerals for more detail on how Centrelink treats these assets.

Funeral insurance Funeral insurance is a policy that will give your family a lump sum payment to help pay for funeral and associated expenses when you die. https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/paying-for-your-funeral

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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