Social support

Need some extra support to continue getting the most out of life? Like to get involved in a new activity? We’re here to help.

We support older people to maintain an active social life by having someone visit them at home or in a supported residential service, or through community outings. The programs are also available to adults with disability.

We have an amazing, passionate group of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, supported by staff, who provide social interaction and companionship to help prevent loneliness and isolation. We’re always looking for more volunteers too. You can download testimonials of Wesley volunteers about how they’ve gained a sense of value and meaning from helping someone get back to the things they love.

Read on to learn more about the variety of social support options available for you or your loved one, or download our brochure.

If you’re over 65, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person over 55, referral to our programs is through My Aged Care. Adults with disability can join our programs directly. Please contact us first and we can help you through the process.

Do Care

Wesley’s Do Care program was established in 1977, and remains one of our most popular services today with a range of flexible activity options.

Do Care helps people participate in and reconnect with their community, by pairing volunteers with older people to spend regular time together, either individually or as part of a group.

Clients and volunteers might simply meet regularly for a chat but might also spend time sharing interests, playing boards games and cards or enjoying activities like coffee outings, local drives, walks and shared meals. Group activities may include movies, lunches and craft. We also offer a fun program that provides pet companionship.

Do Care operates across Melbourne’s eastern, southern and north-western areas.

Telelink

Telelink is a telephone support program for groups of up to 10 people across Melbourne, who chat together each week on the phone from the comfort of their own homes.

Telelink is a great way to make new friends and discuss shared interests with like-minded people. Participants choose from a range of weekly topics that match their hobbies and interests, from books to history and trivia, as well as language groups. Join Telelink by contacting us directly, or by referral.

View the Telelink Program for January – June 2017 here.

Melba Club

Melba Club provides social opportunities for older people living in the Yarra Valley area. Residents are invited to join in the local community through small day group activities and we also offer a home visit program that matches volunteers with clients for companionship.

Other club activities include a local men’s group that provides opportunities for men to connect with friends and be productive, to maintain an active body and mind.

We also produce the Listen to Older Voices radio program through the Melba Club, which presents the stories and opinions of our older citizens as they reflect upon their lives and earliest memories.

These services are supported by funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments.