Creating Connections

Staying socially active is essential to your wellbeing and having the best possible life as you age. So, when COVID-19 first hit, ECH immediately started to look for new ways to help keep people connected. This has resulted in a number of fantastic new community initiatives – here’s some more information along with details on how you can get involved.

ECH Pen Pal and Reading Program

ECH clients and residents have been getting in touch with younger members of the community through good old-fashioned letters and emails.

ECH client Ted decided to join the program as he had a pen pal when he was a child and wanted to see what it was like now. “It has been interesting to see the difference in writing letters from when I was a child.”

Ted’s pen pal Logan has learnt a lot from Ted through their letters, as Ted helped him with a school project teaching Logan about aeroplanes and fishing.

“I have enjoyed learning about someone else’s story and love getting mail in the mailbox!”

Participant Judith, says she’s enjoyed getting to know her pen pal Sophia through their letters, as she does not have children of her own.

“It’s been interesting learning how to see the world from a child’s perspective.”

Sophia is inspired by Judith’s world travels and enjoys sending her a handwritten letter.

“I enjoy picking out a card for Judith and I try to find cards that will make her smile.”

The ECH Pen Pal Program is a great opportunity for children to practice their writing, with older people able to share ideas and support young people.

Bus trips are back!

We are delighted to have restarted our bus trips.

Jump on board the ECH bus and discover some of the most iconic and scenic locations in and around Adelaide.

Buses depart from Walkerville, Smithfield, Henley Beach, Victor Harbor and Happy Valley and cost $35* per person including morning tea, a light lunch and all admission fees.

*To access the subsidised rate of $35, you will need a referral from My Aged Care. To access a My Aged Care referral please contact ECH on 1300 275 324.

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IT Classes

During COVID-19, technology has never been more important as it provides a platform to connect with friends and family.

If you are looking for some help to sharpen up your IT skills, then you may want to attend one of our IT classes at the Cumberland Park Community Centre. The content for each class is designed specifically around what participants would like to learn about.

You can bring you own device or use one of the free tablets provided. Please note there are a limited number of free tablets available to use during the training and these are thoroughly cleaned between use.

ECH Henley Beach Community Garden

ECH recently opened a new community garden in Henley Beach, to encourage social interaction and to connect the community.

The garden was designed with complete accessibility in mind and features raised plant beds for ease of planting. The garden is also dementia-friendly and is safe for anyone to access.

Groups of 20 people are currently able to attend gardening workshops and social gatherings at the community garden hosted by ECH, with activities designed to focus on the enjoyment of being in a garden together.

The Henley Beach Community Garden is open to ECH clients and residents as well as the broader community to enjoy.

Cumberland Park Knitting, Crochet and Sewing Group

The Cumberland Park knitting, crochet and sewing group is run by ECH volunteers and held at the Cumberland Park Community Centre. Members of the group meet once a week to knit things such as rugs, beanies, scarves and sew quilts.

During COVID, ECH volunteer June knitted sensory blankets for people with dementia. Items such as velvet fabric, a bell or an elastic hair band are sewn onto blankets and the different sensations create a distraction to create calmness. Another member Vivienne, has sewn over 70 face masks, 30 baby cot quilts and over 40 bibs for charity.

Members of the Cumberland Park Community Centre have recently formed a Facebook Messenger group where they actively share ideas about knitting, crocheting and sewing, while offering support and positivity to each other.

Keeping Connected has never been more important and through these initiatives some wonderful connections have been made. If you would like to get involved, please call 1300 275 324 to register your interest.