Social Support Group resumes at Bass Coast Health


If you would like to build more social connections in the community, then the Social Support Group run by Bass Coast Health (BCH) may appeal to you.

Our group offers people the chance to take part in social activities, gentle exercise, develop their interests and more.

The group is ideal for people who are unable to get out into the community due to mobility, fatigue or confidence limitations, who feel isolated and alone, and who seek community contact in a supported group setting.

BCH Social Support Group Coordinator Sharon Legg said having access to a social group is important to our sense of self.

“Being socially isolated can be a negative influence on our wellbeing, both mentally and physically,” she said.

“Being a contributing member of a socially interactive and physically active group can help to restore self-confidence, motivation, some physical improvements and a more positive outlook.”

Social Support Group staff provide a program of activities and opportunities for participants to maintain and enhance their independence and social contacts.

Activities include outings such as barbecues and visiting places of interest, sharing skills, hobbies and learning about the interests of others. Participants also take part in quizzes, table games, indoor bowls, pool and theme days, an exercise program, guest speakers, craft, music and more.

“We offer shorter community access outings for those who are socially isolated and have introduced a full day community access every month called the Big Day Out,” Sharon said.

“We’ve also recently acquired centres to reintroduce centre-based activities and also hold activities in the community.”

Attendance cost for Commonwealth Home Support Programme clients is $7.90 for a full day.

Attendance cost for a Home Care Package is $20.32 per hour.

To learn more, contact Sharon Legg, SSG Coordinator, on 5671 3520.