Happy haven each day
Centre spreads the word
GLENGREY House is an adult day respite centre, providing services to frail, aged people and people with disabilities and their carers living in the Derwent Valley.
The centre has been involved in several seminars and expos during the year, with the aged and community services health expo in June helping raise awareness of the services the centre provides.
Glengrey House also took part in a special forum yesterday at the New Norfolk RSL which it hopes will be the first of many to help reach out to members of the community who may not be aware of services it provides.
The clients and carers are supported by two qualified staff members and two volunteers – Krysia Ward is the coordinator and Allison Treloar is the activities officer. Vicky Slater and Wendy Rowlands are the volunteers.
Mrs Ward said the expos had served as a great launching platform for the centre across the Derwent Valley.
“We always encourage people to come along and see what we provide and the expos and seminars have really extended that out there,” she said.
Funded through the federal Department of Social Services and the state Department of Health and Human Services, and sponsored by the Derwent Valley Council, Glengrey House has been operating from its Grey St premises for the past 26 years, offering services to different groups.
For clients, it is a social outlet that provides a sense of belonging to the community.
There is an educational component, allowing old skills to re-emerge and new skills to be aimed for, a chance to share experiences and adopt the healthy lifestyle promoted at Glengrey House.
For carers, it offers a daily respite from their important work, a chance to “recharge the batteries’’ and to do what they want, knowing their caring role can be transferred to somebody else for the day.
Glengrey House offers daily respite, home-cooked midday meals, morning and afternoon teas, transport to and from the centre (between Granton and Maydena), a huge range of activities, weekly outings and an annual trip.
It has a homely, welcoming feel and clients find it easy to relax and join in with activities, including games, gardening, relaxation and gentle exercises, craft, music, cards, bingo, eightball, darts, theme and celebration days, counselling and much more.
A recent addition has been the garden art created by clients, with amazing homemade mushroom statues taking centre stage in the lovely garden.
Glengrey can support up to 10 people each day. It opens from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursdays. A community bus offers pick-ups and outings, which include lunch, picnics and personal shopping. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact Glengrey House on 6261 8555 for placement or to become a volunteer.