Western Leisure Care
45 to 47 Macey Avenue
Avondale Heights VIC 3034
PHONE: 9317 8347
FAX: 9318 6726
Flexible and Innovative Respite Options in the Inner Western Region!
Western Leisure Care offers a holistic approach to respite for families caring for someone with a disability. We have two programs operating within the Inner Western Region of Melbourne as well as being able to broker our services to other agencies.
Individualised, 1 to 1 respite is offered in an inhome setting. Western Leisure Care has a focus on creating a positive recreational experience for the person with a disability, their carer and family. The person with a disability may also be supported to access community venues, go on a family outing, as well as access longer periods such as weekends or holidays.
Group based programs are also offered by Western Leisure Care. Group programs operate fortnightly and have a focus on community access. Groups have gone to the movies, swimming, bowling, museum, boating as well as to the theatre. The Youth Program meets on a Saturday, the Women’s Friendship Program and the Men’s Friendship Program meet on a Sunday.
Who is Western Leisure Care for?
We provide support to people who are living with a voluntary carer/family member and have an intellectual, sensory, physical or Acquired Brain Injury type of disability. The person with a disability needs to be between the ages of 0 to 65 years old and living in the Inner Western Region of Melbourne. This includes the City Council areas of Brimbank. Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay and the western part of the City of Melbourne. Programs are able to use a van that has wheelchair access for 1 chair.
Priority is given to those people who have ageing carers, people with challenging behaviour and/or high needs, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who have limited access to other services or support.
The Individualised Program offers 1 to 1 inhome support. We have a focus on families, using a holistic approach to caring for someone with a disability. Because of this we can not only provide support to the person with a disability whilst their carer and family have a break, away from them, we can also support the person with a disability to participate in family activities, with or without the primary carer.
People on the Individualised Program have access to a number of respite hours, which are renewed every three months. Respite hours are determined by the coordinators of the service and are based on expressed needs and wants of the family. The family can choose when they will use their respite hours during the three months. We also may provide limited financial support to people with a disability, to enable them to have a holiday/weekend away. Currently a Needs Register (waiting list) exists.
The Youth Program currently has a capacity of 10 participants, with 1 staff member for every 2 children. The focus is on community access, with the group visiting zoos, adventure parks and other community venues. The age range is 0 to 18 years old. Participants meet at the Footscray YMCA for 6 hour sessions, every Saturday fortnight. Transport to and from each activity is provided.
These groups run separately but operate in the same way and have a focus on community access. At present the participants are young adults, but this may change depending on interest and need. The groups have a focus on decision making, with participants deciding which activities are undertaken. These have included swimming, discos, theatre, lunch out, boat rides, going to markets etc… Participants meet at the Footscray YMCA for 6 hour sessions, every Sunday fortnight.
Other agencies/organisations are able to purchase staff time through brokerage agreements, from Western Leisure Care. We offer a quality service at a competitive price, and support provided is flexible to meet family needs. Group and individual situations are able to be catered to.
For further information please contact the coordinators on 9317 8347, Monday to Friday, during business hours.