Social Support program continues online

Monash Health Communities Social Support Team for Greater Dandenong has been working hard to provide the best possible service for their clients since coronavirus restrictions began in March.

The team of diversional therapists would usually provide centre-based group activities and outings for older and vulnerable people living in our community, and while these have had to cease, the team has kept clients connected and engaged.

While the number of clients requesting the service has increased, the team still contacts individual clients for weekly chats and welfare checks. They have also assisted some clients with technology, virtual group chats, and activity packs.

“The team has continued to keep the program going despite the challenges that come with running a social support group during a pandemic. We continue to move and adapt the best way we can and provide meaningful and purposeful activities to our clients via one-on-one visits, Webex meetings, and phone calls,” says team leader Danielle Harris.

“We are proud of the activity’s clients to continue to do while not being able to come into the center or engage in community outings and events. They are giving everything a go, and it is fantastic to hear and see all their achievements.”.

Here are some of the results:

Approved by Julia Oxley

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