Community Connections

Social connections mean better quality of life

 

Community Connections supports people to increase their independence in the home and build stronger social and community connections. Strong social connections can improve quality of life and provide better health outcomes.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates around one in 10 people experience social isolation and that it has a negative effect on their mental and physical health and their ability to participate in the community.

Who is eligible for Community Connections?

The program is available for all South Australians aged 18 to 64 who are not eligible for Federal Government programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and My Aged Care.

Priority will be given to:

  • Aboriginal people
  • People from diverse cultures for whom English is not their first language
  • People who identify as LGBTIQA+
  • Unpaid carers
  • People who are financially disadvantaged
  • People living in disadvantaged locations and communities.

How Community Connections works

Community Connections Partners across South Australia provide short-term support for up to 12 weeks or connect you with longer term support if required.

This may include helping you to take part in community activities, find new support groups or receive extra help where needed.

Interested in Community Connections? Let us know:

Talk to a Community Connections Partner about how the program can help you reach your goals.
Your local representative can support you to connect with the most appropriate Community Connections Partner.

Limestone Coast: (08) 7725 3000
Riverland: (08) 8580 5300
Murraylands: (08) 8531 4900

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Community Centres

Mount Gambier Community Centre

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Millicent Community Centre

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Berri Community Centre

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Mount Gambier Community Centre

The Mount Gambier Community Centre is a multi-function Centre which provides a range of ac.care services including accredited and non- accredited educational programs. We offer a suite of support services.

Services:

  • Emergency accommodation
  • Emergency relief
  • Financial counselling
  • Information and referral

Adult Community Education – Accredited and Non-Accredited:

  • Basic Computing
  • Cooking
  • Child Safe Environments Training
  • One on One Literacy and Numeracy Courses
  • Tenancy Education Program (TED)

​A number of programs and classes are provided daily that work to equip people with the skills and confidence required to enter, or return to the workforce.

If you have been considering learning a new skill, for timetable information and to book into a class, call in or contact us.

Mount Gambier Community Centre Ph 08 7725 3000

Call in to 22-24 Ferrers Street during office hours Monday to Friday.

Millicent Community Centre

57-59 George Street, Millicent SA, 5280

Ph: 8735 5700 | Email: care@accare.org.au

The Millicent Community Centre is a multi function office with a range of ac.care services, a Service SA Rural Agent/ Service Agent, Services Australia Agency and a location for other organisation’s to provide their outreach services.

ac.care services available from the Millicent Community Centre include:

    • Emergency Accommodation
    • Emergency Relief
    • Family Support
    • Family Relationship Counselling
    • Financial Counselling

Service SA Rural Agent

As a Service SA Rural Agent ac.care delivers services and products to the community including:

      • Learner Driver theory tests every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm
      • Recreational boat license theory tests Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm

Information to customers on Government services including:

      • Downloading of application forms
      • Sale of products
      • Enduring Power of Attorney Kit
      • Learner Driver Book
      • Other services include:
      • Cancelling a motor vehicle registration
      • Removing a concession from a vehicle
      • General fees enquiry
      • Renewal fees enquiry
      • Register a Used Vehicle in a New Owner’s name
      • Record a Change of Plate Number
      • Renew a Registration
      • Obtain a replacement label/certificate
      • Transfer a registration
      • Vehicle Status Enquiry
      • Change of address
      • Joint Client Number enquiry
      • Notify the sale of a vehicle
      • Find out if a Special Plate is available
      • Order Replacement plates
      • Order a Special Plate
      • Renew a Custom Plate Agreement
      • Enquire Audit Trail
      • Enquire Organisation Audit Trail (Gov’t only)
      • Replacement Driver’s License
      • Replacement Driver’s Learner’s Permit
      • Renew Driver’s License
      • Renew Driver’s Learner’s Permit
      • Replacement Proof of Age
      • Pay NHVAS Fees
      • Notify Lost / Stolen / Destroyed Work Diary
      • Registrations of Motor Boat
      • Change of Address (Boating) (Licence)
      • Finalising a Payment
      • Print Documents

For more information on Service SA: www.sa.gov.au

Outreach services

The Community Centre also acts as an office space for the following agencies who visit regularly to provide an outreach service to Millicent and surrounding areas. These include:

    • Unity Housing
    • Life Without Barriers
    • Job Prospects
    • Western Districts Employment Access

Berri Community Centre

5 Kealley Street, Berri SA, 5343

Ph: 8580 5300 | Email: care@accare.org.au

The Berri Community Centre is a multi-function centre which provides a range of ac.care services including accredited and non-accredited educational programs.

Recluse to Employment

26 year old Ms E was in regular contact with our emergency accommodation team who suggested that she may like to enrol in our Adult Community Education courses, as Ms E had become a recluse and very rarely left her home. She attended our cooking class on a regular basis and it was here that she offered to help out at the Centre. It was not long before she was undertaking regular administration duties on the front reception as an ac.care volunteer. Ms E then attended our 6 week Employment Pathways course which concentrated on employability skills and personal presentation.

Ms E is no longer a volunteer with ac.care, as she has been offered independent employment.

Help to adjust

Ms N had had a successful career as a nurse, but now suffers from health issues that prevented her from continuing in her profession. She needed some help adjusting to a lower income and a different lifestyle. Apart from financial counselling and participating in the Money Minded course, Ms N also enjoyed computing and art classes. This is her story in her own words:

“I was in a state of contemplating suicide as I thought there was no way out of this situation that I found myself in. No-one seemed to understand that I was grieving for my loss of income, my profession, and my self esteem. I came to ac.care for some financial counselling and found there a very caring and professional team. They helped me see that this was not my fault, helped me negotiate with my creditors, helped me with financial literacy with the Money Minded Course and for the first time I understood my own finances, and I was made very welcome there. I know that I can come back for a chat and a cup of coffee at any time. They are a great bunch of lovely people.”

Community forum to inspire people to open hearts and homes to children

PEOPLE passionate about the welfare of children are urged to attend a foster care forum this month in Strathalbyn to learn how they can make a difference in young local lives. Foster carers are needed to support vulnerable children unable to live with their birth parents in the Murraylands, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills. Regional … Continued
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Decades of care leaves proud legacy for Muir family

THE story of Murraylands couple Jock and Lynette Muir is one of generosity, kindness and true dedication to helping children in need. Decades ago, they opened their home to foster children with the support of country agency ac.care, providing a safe and loving environment, and ultimately changing the course of the lives of young people in their care.
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Childhood foster support prepares Jess to thrive as young adult

Become a foster carer – learn more MAKE every opportunity count has long been a mantra for Mount Gambier teenager Jess Tresidder, who is about to embark on her next journey studying a double degree at the University of South Australia. It is the latest goal set by the 18-year-old who has been a high … Continued
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Mount Gambier foster care manager swaps roles to help flood-affected residents

A MOUNT Gambier social worker witnessed first-hand the impacts of the River Murray flooding on Riverland communities after volunteering for three weeks to support affected residents. ac.care Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter was a welcoming and compassionate presence for residents seeking support at the Riverland emergency relief centre in Berri. Ms Winter … Continued
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Fleurieu couple’s lives transformed by foster care

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National Child Protection Week highlights need for foster carers

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Mount Gambier foster care coffee morning

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Limestone Coast your love and support as a foster carer?ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care information session coffee morning – Berri

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Riverland your love and support as a foster carer? ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care Information Session – Renmark Library

Become a foster carer with ac.care Join Brenton at Renmark Library, on Tuesday 22nd February at 4.30pm for an information session about the process to become a foster carer and to have your questions answered. To find out more, call 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273) or email care@accare.org.au
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Lions helps share festive thanks to carers

LIONS clubs have helped ac.care share gratitude to foster carers on behalf of the community for the remarkable contribution they make to supporting young lives. When COVID-19 concerns prevented Christmas events being held to bring carers, children and ac.care staff together to mark the end of the year, Lions clubs answered the call for donation … Continued
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Foster family shares joy of Christmas

THREE young siblings welcomed into a country South Australian family last year are looking forward to everything about celebrating Christmas in the stability, safety and care of their foster home this December.
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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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