Being socially active is essential to your wellbeing and having the best life possible.
That’s why the ECH Living Well Program was developed to connect our clients to a range of social activities to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and re-engage with their community.
ECH Living Well Consultants work with our clients to link them with an activity that helps improve wellbeing and their physical and mental health.
This is how Living Well Consultant Jenny met ECH client Maureen in January this year.
Maureen, who receives cleaning and gardening support, nursing and social services, has faced a challenging few years, and after a stay at Modbury Hospital last year was referred to the program.
Knowing Maureen worked at ECH for 10 years and loved cooking in the past, Jenny found a baking group nearby at the Wandana Community Centre.
While Maureen didn’t initially feel up to taking part, with a little encouragement from Jenny, she has now visited the baking group a few times and has the confidence to continue.
Jenny says: “Maureen said to me on the way home one day, how grateful she was that I’d supported her to go along, and she can’t wait to go again to the next group in two weeks, independently, because she now has the confidence to do so.”
“I did enjoy it. It’s a different atmosphere when you get there. I’m thankful for Jenny’s help and encouraging me to take part” says Maureen
Maureen’s sister, Diana, who also cares for her, loved the fact she was socialising with others again.
“She has really enjoyed it, and slowly she has felt a bit more confident to be involved and communicate with people,” Diana says.
The baking group is held every fortnight where participants bake quiches, cupcakes and scones, and it costs just $5 to participate.
Learn more about the Living Well Program.
Posted: September 20, 2023