Combat social isolation at Caddies’ Neighbour Day | Video, photos

HELPDING HANDS: Driver Ingrid Werner, transport officer Victoria Barrett and business trainee Jenai Kussrow stand in front of the Able Australia passenger van, which is deployed from Caddies Community Centre. Photo: Hannah Baker
HELPDING HANDS: Driver Ingrid Werner, transport officer Victoria Barrett and business trainee Jenai Kussrow stand in front of the Able Australia passenger van, which is deployed from Caddies Community Centre. Photo: Hannah Baker

HELPING the elderly to thrive in their own homes through the provision of subsidised services is just one mission of Able Australia.

More than 350 people in the greater Jimboomba region who were aged over 65 years were assisted last year by the organisation which is partially funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program and based at Caddies Community Centre.

Team leader Dianne Godley said transportation, individual and group social support, emergency relief, hot meal preparation and delivery, reduced groceries and more were all available.

While demand for assistance has continued to grow, she said the services provided could be better utilised.

She has now called for seniors in the region to visit Caddies Community Centre to find out how they can be assisted through the Commonwealth Home Support Program to live independently and happily in their later years.

Ms Godley said larger blocks of land in the Jimboomba region could those living independently might experience social isolation at times.

A Neighbour Day event has been organised in partnership with Logan City Council, Jimboomba Library and Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil Temple to combat the issue.

“Able Australia would like to strengthen our social participation and connection with the elderly and local community in partnership with other organisations,” she said.

The Neighbour Day event will take place at the Caddies Community Centre from 10.00am until 1.30pm on Friday, March 24.

Caddies Community Centre is at 19-33 South Street, Jimboomba. 

For more about Able Australia, visit here.