Wollondilly Support and Community Care Inc. (WSACCI)
WSACCI is a small not for profit community organisation located in the heart of the Wollondilly. We support frail older people (aged 65 years and over and 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and who require assistance with daily living to remain living independently at home and in the community.
WSACCI aim’s to connect clients who identify as rural, remote and/or socially isolated to services. The outcome being that clients will live in their homes longer without the need for supported accommodation, whilst also maintaining connections with the local community.
Previously known as the Picton/Burragorang Meals on Wheels, in 1974 a group of community minded people got together to establish the service and the first meal was delivered on July 1st 1974. For the next 16 years, a voluntary management committee looked after the operation, delivering meals to Picton, Tahmoor, Bargo and Thirlmere.
In 1992 ,the Department of Community Services, approached the Picton Meals on Wheels committee asking if they would be interested in establishing a local social support for individuals(Neighbour Aid service). Some excess funds had become available and the department wanted to use them for such a service and was looking for someone to manage the funding. The committee agreed to be the auspice for these funds. Picton Neighbour Aid Service began with the employment of a co-ordinator in July 1992.
We have a special needs worker that works with people with complex needs.
In 1987 the Wollondilly Community Development Committee received funding to employ two part-time staff to set up a day care service in the area. Known as Wollondilly Mobile Day Care, two groups, each servicing approximately eight clients, were set up; one at Picton and one at The Oaks. The groups offered clients a two hour weekly program each and transport to the venues by volunteers and staff in private cars.
Over the years the group sizes increased and an additional group was set up, based at Bargo and Appin.
In 2006 consultation regarding WSACCI began with all services and home and community care with a view to amalgamation. After much consideration the project was given the green light to proceed.
In May 2007 a project worker was employed and the process of selecting a new service umbrella name, completion of legal documents, combining policy and procedure manuals and other related tasks began. On the 1st of July 2008 the services formally amalgamated and started trading under the name of Wollondilly Support & Community Care Inc.. (WSACCI)
In 1993 funding was received from the Department Of Community Services for an 18 seater bus and recurrent funding granted from the NSW Department of Health, which was to change the whole operation of the service. During that year the service formed its own management committee, becoming an incorporated organisation. Extra staff were employed, service hours were doubled, a hot lunch included and more day trips. A fourth group was set up based at Appin to cater for residents of Douglas Park, Wilton and Appin.
Previously known as The Wollondilly Senior Friendship Group, this is an outreach day care service for older people (65+) who are frail or have a disability. The service provides stimulating social activitiy programs and outings. This gives respite to their carers and relief from the loneliness for those physically or socially isolated in the extensive but sparsely populated local government area of Wollondilly.
Programs are planned monthly with a major input from clients. An effort is always made to keep the program of activities stimulating, flexible and conducive to spontaneity.
Funding is provided under the Home and Community Care Program, a joint Federal and State Governments program. In 1987 the Wollondilly Community Development Committee received funding to employ two part-time staff (14hrs each) to set up a day care service in the area. Known as Wollondilly Mobile Day Care, two groups, each servicing approximately eight clients, were set up, one at Picton and one at The Oaks. The groups offered clients a two hour weekly program each and transport to the venues by volunteers and staff in private cars.
Over the years the group sizes increased and an additional group was set up, based at Bargo.