Committed to caring for our Aboriginal community
St Andrew’s Aboriginal Aged Respite Service began in May 2009 with funds provided by the Australian Government under the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP). The funding was originally allocated up until June 2010. Due to the success of the program, further funding was granted up till November 2015.
Our Aboriginal Aged Respite Service operates from 10am to 3pm every Wednesday. The activities centre is located at the Ballina Community Services building on the corner of Moon Street and Bangalow Road, Ballina.
St Andrew’s provides our own bus to pick up people and return them to their homes.
The indigenous staff includes a coordinator, care worker and bus driver and they organise activities across a range of interests pertinent to the Indigenous community.
Recreational activities include sewing lessons, art work, barbecues, outings to ten-pin bowls, visits to cultural sites, movies, visits to local cultural venues and festivities.
Education programs are provided for the carers on budgeting, cooking, first aid, health and safety, etc.
There is provision for overnight respite if needed.