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WELCOME. Partnering to Support Greek Speaking Carers of People with Dementia Presenters: Betty Kalambokis & Aliki Kyrkou VCSN – BEST PRACTICE FORUM 19.08.10. UnitingCare Community Options – Agency Overview.

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Welcome

WELCOME

Partnering to Support Greek Speaking Carers of People with Dementia

Presenters: Betty Kalambokis

& Aliki Kyrkou

VCSN – BEST PRACTICE FORUM 19.08.10


Unitingcare community options agency overview

UnitingCare Community Options – Agency Overview

  • UnitingCare Community Options (UCCO) was established in 1987 and works with over 4000 Participants/ Clients per year.

  • UCCO is auspiced by the Uniting Church

  • We work within both ageing and disability streams.

  • Some of the programs we run include CACP, EACH,EACHD, Linkages, Flexi packages.

  • In the Eastern region, the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre operates within the umbrella of UCCO.


Fronditha care agency overview

Fronditha Care –Agency Overview

Residential Care

  • Five facilities across Victoria and New South Wales

    Community Care

  • 40 Independent Living Units for financially and socially disadvantaged

  • 125 Community Aged Care Packages

  • Planned Activity Groups

  • 2 Host Homes

  • Other small programs


Project overview

Project Overview

  • Funded by the Victorian Department of Health.

  • Collaboratively responding to an identified need for carers of Greek speaking background.

  • Elements of the project:

    - Two information sessions

    - Carer Support Group

    - Host Home


Welcome

THE PARTNERSHIP

  • Experience in program planning and implementation

  • Previous experience in Host Home

  • Strong infrastructure

  • Bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff

  • Existing links to the community and established media contacts

  • Carers of Greek speaking background known to each agency

HOST

HOME

PROGRAM

CARER

SUPPORT

GROUP

  • Responsible funding allocation

  • Steering committee

  • Regular meetings

  • Clear responsibilities

  • Collaborative approach in all areas of the

  • Project e.g. documentation

  • Joint promotion


Benefits of the partnership for the target group

Benefits of the partnership- for the target group

  • Expansion of service provision to the Greek community in the Eastern Region

  • Responded to an identified service gap

  • A culturally and linguistically sensitive service response

  • Opened up the scope of support available to carers

  • Improved access to information


Benefits of the partnership for the target group cont

Benefits of the partnership- for the target group cont…

  • Decrease in social isolation for the carer and care recipient

  • Peer support and carer empowerment

  • Building of informal networks

  • Building community awareness


Benefits of the partnership for the partnering agencies

Benefits of the partnership- for the partnering agencies

  • Learnt about each others activities and the communities that each agency supports

  • Promoted each others activities at various forums

  • Shared skills and expertise which contributed to professional development


Benefits of the partnership for the partnering agencies cont

Benefits of the partnership- for the partnering agencies cont…

  • Refined the understanding of the needs of our Greek speaking clients

  • Built service provider awareness of the needs of the Greek community in the Region.

  • Allowed for sustainability beyond the life of the project

  • Enables the origanisations to engage each other for input into future projects or initiatives.


Reflection

Reflection

The success of this partnership has been a recognition of each others strengths; our willingness to share resources and information, to achieve a common goal and our capacity to work constructively together based on trust and mutual respect.


Contact details

Contact Details

Betty Kalambokis – Partnership with Carers Worker

UnitingCare Community Options

Ph: (03) 9239 2500

E-mail: [email protected]

Aliki Kyrkou – Community Services Manager

Fronditha Care

Ph: (03) 9495 2308

E-mail: [email protected]


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