Centre-based Respite Program

The Centre-based Respite Program gives carers a break to take care of their own health and wellbeing, with the comfort of knowing AMCS is supporting their dependants.

We have many initiatives specifically for people from different backgrounds to keep them connected to their language and culture. Funded by the Australian Government, the Respite Program is tailored towards participants from an Eastern European, South Indian and Sri Lankan background.

The Easter European Groups in Melbourne’s Norther and Eastern Region are provided in partnership with Uniting Vic. Tas.

Services

We organise transport, food and activities for our program participants while their carers recharge. The nature and type of activities depends on their interest, cultural background and capability. For example: gentle exercise, breathing techniques, singing, playing small percussion instruments, dancing, craft, cooking, outings, guest speakers, trivia, games and technology training.

Participants can access this service if:

  • aged over 65 years
  • from an Eastern European or Sri Lankan/South Indian background
  • based in Northern, Eastern or Southern Metro Region.

Thanks to the Australian Government subsidy, only a small weekly fee applies.

Please call (03) 9689 9170 and request the Respite Coordinator for the relevant region — Eastern, Northern or Southern Metro. Or complete our contact form, select Social/Respite Services and include Centre-based Respite in the message.

Where and when?

For care recipients from an Eastern European background.

Time:
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address:
Knox Gardens Community Hall
44 Argyle Way
Wantirna South Vic 3152

Contact:
Marek Smalec
Respite Group Team Leader
M: 0424 139 729
E: mareks@amcservices.org.au

For care recipients from an Eastern European background.

Time:
Every Tuesday 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address:
Oak Park Community Hall (Parish of Pascoe Vale)
Cnr Pleasant and Gyles Streets
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044

Contact:
Elina Nowak
Respite Group Team Leader
M: 0416 299 637
E: elina.nowak@amcservices.org.au

For care recipients from an Eastern European background.

Time:
Fridays 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address:
James Cook Children’s Centre
55-63 James Cook Drive
Endeavour Hills VIC 3802

Contact:
Beata Radloff
Respite Group Coordinator
M: 0403 165 648
E: beata.radloff@amcservices.org.au

For care recipients from a Sri Lankan/South Indian background.

Time:
Tuesdays 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address:
James Cook Children’s Centre
55-63 James Cook Drive
Endeavour Hills VIC 3802

Contact:
Nalika Ahangama
Respite Group Coordinator
M: 0403 158 359
E: nalika.ahangama@amcservices.org.au

Zygmunt Świstak’s art exhibition at Respite Wantirna

Zygmunt Swistak, a veteran of World War II, survived COVID-19 isolation through painting.
When restrictions eased, Mr Swistak shared his artworks with the Centre-based Respite Program in Wantirna through a modest gallery.

Respite Program’s recipients admiring the pieces.

There is a familiar face among the riders

Mr Swistak loves painting horses.

“Painting them is demanding and risky for the artist. You can easily spoil everything,” Mr Swistak explained. “But wild Australian horses express great freedom.”

Mr Swistak painted his two-year-old granddaughter for many years.

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