Wellbeing and social programs

Overview

Our social programs encourage meaningful social connections among our residents, which is important to maintain independence and have a great quality of life. 

Head to our Government support and My Aged Care page for information on how to access these services. 

Services are subsidised and clients contribute towards their cost.

Client contribution schedule(PDF, 263KB)

If you would like to be a part of these programs, please submit an expression of interest online or call us on 8372 5111.

Submit your expression of interest

 

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Stay up to date

We produce a regular newsletter which lists upcoming programs and activities, seasonal services, resident news, and more. 

Engageing Unley Jan - Mar 2021(PDF, 6MB)

Engageing Unley November 2020 Newsletter(PDF, 5MB)

Engageing Unley October 2020 Newsletter(PDF, 5MB)

Social Group Programs 

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Supportive physical activity and wellbeing opportunities

Bookings essential.

A My Aged Care 'Social Support Group' referral is required to attend these activities. 

Tai Chi with Master George Lee

  • Weekly Monday classes from 11:30am – 12:15pm at Heywood Park.
  • Tai Chi is a martial art practiced for health benefits such as strength, balance and relaxation. Join us with Master George Lee who was inducted in the Australian Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Lifetime achievement in Tai Chi.
  • Start your week off right in a relaxed outdoor setting.
  • Cost: $7 per class

Dancing with professional dancer Penelope Shum

  • Weekly Monday classes from 2 – 3pm at Fullarton Park Community Centre.
  • If you’ve ever wanted to dance but just didn’t take the leap, or you’re a dancer from days gone by, now is your chance to get those dancing shoes on. Lead by professional dancer Penelope Shum, this class is open to all.
  • Blending both Contemporary and Jazz dance disciplines, this is the perfect opportunity for all 65 movers and shakers to come and try dance.
  • Great for balance, agility, stamina and strength, this class is designed to have you feeling stronger, more limber and nimbler in just a few weeks. Set to a fantastic soundtrack of familiar songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, in an inclusive social setting.
  • Cost: $10 per class

Aqua Aerobics at Unley Swimming Centre

  • Weekly Wednesday classes starting 3rd February from 1pm.
  • Aqua Aerobics is an exercise program in water. It is a great, low impact way to boost your fitness and strength while improving your endurance and flexibility.
  • Cost: $10.20 casual concession, $13.20 casual adult
  • The Unley Swimming Centre is open until 23rd of May as it is an outdoors pool. 

Meditation

  • Weekly Thursday Classes 1:30 – 2:30pm at the Clarence Park Community Centre.
  • Slow down and Breathe. Train your mind to become quieter and calmer with the practice of Meditation. Angela will guide you through different types of meditation styles each week to lead towards healthy ageing.
  • Cost: $7 per class

    “Meditation on Thursday is so worth the effort to attend. Angela, is sincere, approachable and keen to please. Learning to relax your mind and body is a rewarding experience. After two sessions my husband and I feel better for taking timeout to attend.” Sharon and Kevin, Clarence Park Community Centre.

Better Balance with Jarrod Gordon

  • Weekly Thursday classes 11 – 11:45am at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. 
  • Come along to a group exercise class specifically designed with the intention of improving your balance.
  • An Accredited Exercise Scientist will guide you through a range of exercises targeted at preventing people from falls.
  • The class aims to improve your balance and confidence whilst building your strength and endurance all in a fun and social environment.
  • Cost: $7 per class

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Easy Paced Walking Group

Join us for a walk around the local area, at your own pace. After the walk, join the group for a drink at a local coffee shop. Walking has many benefits:

  • Easy, accessible way to stay physically active
  • Social contact and community spirit
  • A safe way to be healthy

Held weekly on Tuesdays at 10.30am.

Walk duration is 30-40 minutes, with rests for those who need. All abilities and mobility devices are welcome. 

Gold coin donation. 

For the green thumb

Gardening Master Class – Citrus 101

Wednesday 21 April, 10:30am to 11:30am, at the Conservatory Garden and Home, 80 Unley Road.

 Join us at The Conservatory for some hints and tips on growing citrus. This will be a great opportunity to get some professional advice and ask all your questions about growing your citrus plants.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential to 8273 8763

A My Aged Care 'social support group' referral is required to attend this event. 

For the history buff

History Tour Old Government House

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 10:00 – 2:30pm at Old Government House. 

Join us at Old Government House in Belair for a tour of the property and a morning tea. Followed by lunch at Belair Hotel. 

Cost:$18 includes bus trip and morning tea, lunch at own cost. 

Bookings essential. 

A My Aged Care 'Social Support Group' referral is required in order to attend. 

Health and Wellbeing Seminar

Wednesday 7 April, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Unley Town Hall

Anxiety and depression can be serious conditions that can affect both your physical and mental health. This session will focus on how you can manage anxiety and depression with guest speakers sharing their own stories and will give you some practical tips and advice on how to manage the conditions. The session will include a short-guided meditation.

Cost: Gold coin donation.

Afternoon tea included.

A My Aged Care 'Social Support Group' referral is required to attend this event. 

Social bus trips

Would you like to get out and about and meet other Unley residents?  Join us on a range of enjoyable bus trips and visit locations throughout Adelaide and surrounding areas. We generally run one or two trips a fortnight, going to exciting locations such as:

  • Henley square for fish and chips

  • Botanic gardens for a picnic and tour

  • Beerenberg farm and Hahndorf

  • SA Whale Centre at Victor Harbour

  • And much more.

See our latest Engageing Unley Newsletter for upcoming trips. Our bus trips are extremely popular and often book out. As such, we limit access on our bus trips to City of Unley residents only.

  • Bus departs from Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
  • Transport may be available from your home on a needs basis.

 A My Aged Care ‘Social Support Group’ referral is required to go on these bus trips.  

We also run all-ages social bus trips as part of the City of Unley Community Bus program

Meet Me Monday

Meet Me Monday is a social support program for carers and the people who they are caring for. This friendly group is looking for new members and meets at the Unley Community Centre twice a month for a fun and friendly day.

Enjoy a delicious lunch cooked onsite and various group activities such as games, crafts, information sessions, guest speakers and bus trips. Meet Me Monday is a great opportunity to relax while developing friendships and support networks with your local community.

  • A My Aged Care ‘Social Support Group’ referral is required for carers to attend Meet Me Monday.
  • A separate My Aged Care ‘Flexible Respite’ referral is required for care recipients to attend Meet Me Monday.  

Social Group Programs for Males

We recognise the specific wellbeing needs of older males and as such offer some male-only programs and activities. Older males are generally under-represented in accessing our services and so we aim to create spaces where men of a similar age can connect with one another.

A My Aged Care ‘Social Support Group’ referral is required to access these services.

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Blokes Day Out

Are you a gentleman who likes to get out and about?

Join us for a day trip on the Community Bus to somewhere of interest and enjoy a tasty lunch at a local hotel or café.

  • Held Monthly
  • Bus departs from Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
  • Transport may be available from your home on a needs basis.
  • $8 bus trip, lunch at own cost. 

Buddies at Breakfast

Join us for great food, good coffee and excellent conversation at our weekly men’s breakfast. Share a joke and have a laugh, it’s a great way to catch up with other blokes in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The breakfast often hosts guest speakers, participants have a game of billiards or lawn bowls and there are often quizzes and games.

The breakfast is a supportive environment: men from all walks of life and abilities are welcome.

  • Weekly on Friday mornings at Unley Park Sports Club
  • Hot breakfast, espresso coffee, fruit and cereals made to order by our chef
  • Facilitated group activities
  • $12 all inclusive. 

One on one social programs 

A My Aged Care ‘Social Support Individual’ referral is required to access these services.

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Accompanied support

We can arrange one-on-one assistance with one of our friendly volunteers or workers to take you and accompany you to:

  • Medical, allied health or specialist appointments
  • Visiting a loved one in a Nursing Home
  • Visiting the Cemetery
  • Shopping Support incl. Post Office,
  • Chemist or bill paying
  • Or anywhere else you want to go.

Assistance to use technology

If you have a computer, iPad, Android tablet or smart phone and are not sure how to use it, or a microwave, oven clock or television channels needing resetting, then we may be able to assist you. Technology is used in many ways:

  • Communicating with family and friends

  • Entertainment: podcasts, audio books, games

  • Monitoring your health:

  • Food diary, counting your steps

  • Sending photos on your mobile, using USBs and external drives

$7 - 10 per session. 

BoxFit - non-contact boxing for your fitness

Would you like to join a non-contact, non-competitive boxing group, to improve your fitness, strength and coordination?

Results from established programs show that boxing can improve speed, flexibility, muscular endurance, balance and coordination. It is also great brain training!

Classes are run by a qualified boxing and fitness instructor. The class consists of a warm up to mobilise joints and warm up muscles, non-contact boxing session of 30-40 minutes, then cool down and stretch.

  • Weekly on Tuesday mornings at a boxing gym at Unley
  • Supportive environment, all abilities and fitness levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged!
  • $15 per class. 

Friendly visiting

Did you know the City of Unley offers volunteers who become ‘Friendly Visitors’ – someone who makes a different to your life – spending time and sharing what is important to you?

A visit to your home for a cup of tea and a conversation… or maybe an hour or two by the sea side or your favourite park or garden… or an opportunity to buy that special something. 

$7-10 per hour. 

Pen pals

Are you interested in having a regular pen pal?

Share a poem, write about interesting life events or simply just write about how you are feeling and persevering in these interesting times.  

We will pair you up with another resident or a friendly volunteer to enjoy a friendly exchange of cards and letters on a regular basis.

Take My Lead - assistance with walking your dog

Companion animal relationships are important in the lives of older people. Companion animals can improve and help a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

To help maintain these relationships, the City of Unley offers the opportunity for eligible residents, over the age of 65 living in their own home, to have their companion dogs regularly exercised by an animal loving volunteer. 

$7-10 per hour. 

Wellbeing phone calls

Are you interested in having a regular phone call from one of our friendly volunteers?

Enjoy a chat with one of our friendly volunteers about how you are, what you have been up to or simply just chat about shared interests or hobbies.

Regular phone conversations can be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

This is a free service. 

Assistance with shopping

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We can assist you with shopping in three ways: 

  1.  Our workers can pick you up and take you to the shops to get your groceries, or something special like a gift or new outfit. A My Aged Care ‘Social Support Individual’ referral is required to access this service.
  2. Our workers can shop for you, from a grocery list you provide us, while you stay home. A My Aged Care ‘Domestic’ referral is required to access this service.
  3. We can transport you to the shops, and you undertake your shopping unaccompanied, via our Community Transport program.

Support for carers

Carers play a vital role in helping people in their senior years stay independent and not isolated. The City of Unley can offer flexible respite to residents who are providing support to a family member. Flexible respite can help you look after your loved one, while you take some time to recharge and revitalise.

Respite care is available weekdays during business hours (excluding Public Holidays).

Flexible respite can include:

  • Friendly visiting in the home for your care recipient/ family member

  • Accompanying and transporting care recipients/ family members to outings or appointments

  • General domestic assistance

The carer can decide if they would like to be present at the service or not.

A My Aged Care ‘Flexible Respite’ referral for the care recipient is required in order to access this service.  

We also run 'Meet Me Monday', a social support group program for carers and the people who they are caring for. This friendly group is looking for new members and meets at the Unley Community Centre twice a month for a fun and friendly day. Head to our Social Group Programs section for more information.