Planned Activity Groups
Through Planned Activity Groups the Maltese Community Council of Victoria provides Maltese older people and people with disabilities living in the Northern and Western regions of Metropolitan Melbourne with an opportunity to socialise and stay connected with their friends and community.
The aim of the Planned Activity Group is to promote healthy, active ageing, as well as to maintain and enhance the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Maltese elderly and people with disabilities. The Planned Activity Group also assists in the support of their continuing independence within the community.
By participating in a Planned Activity Group older Maltese men and women can socialise with people who speak their language and share their life experiences.
The Program is centre based in Sunshine and Parkville and operates Monday to Thursday. PAG offers a warm and welcoming environment and recognises the importance of Maltese customs, traditions and religious celebrations.
All participants are invited to enjoy a delicious Maltese meal, followed by a range of planned activities which are overseen by the staff.
Some activities include:
- Bocce tournaments
- group discussions
- games and trivia
- knitting groups
- arts and crafts
- regular outings
- guest speakers
The program attracts a fee and some additional costs may be charged when participants attend special outings.
Assessment is undertaken via initial phone based screening by the My Aged Care contact centre followed by a face-to-face assessment conducted by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).
Potential recipients will participate in an assessment of their needs through a conversation with My Aged Care assessors. Carers and family members are encouraged to participate in the assessment process.
During this assessment, any special needs, life goals, strengths and service delivery preferences are discussed.
Participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements wherever possible, however, a community minibus can be made available. Taxis may also be used and we encourage all participants to have a multi- purpose taxi cards.
Referrals must be made via My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422 or by accessing the website at http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ and mentioning the Maltese Community Centre Planned Activity Group.
We are located at 477 Royal Pde, Parkville and 14 Watt St, Sunshine
For more information, contact Maltese Community Centre on 9387 8922 or My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
The Planned Activity Group is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit the Department of Social Services website (www.dss.gov.au) for more information.
Although funding for the Planned Activity Group has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained above does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.