The Harmony Club has two branches:
Centre Based Activities and Social Support. These services aim to enrich the lives of eligible frail and older people, and younger people with a disability, living in the community. The programs provide friendship, fun, social contact and promotes each person’s opportunity to maximize their capacity and quality of life.
The Harmony Club is for frail and older people, and younger people with a disability, who live in the community and whose capacity for independent living is at risk of premature or inappropriate admission into long term residential care.
Centre Based Clients are picked up in a minibus in the morning and brought to the centre for morning tea, activities including bowls, scrabble and crafts followed by lunch. They are then dropped home in the afternoon. Social Support visits are one-on-one or with a small group and can take place in the clients house or out in the community.
The Harmony Club program receives funding from both the Australian Government – Department of Health and Ageing and the Queensland Government – Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services which provides basic community care services to eligible frail or older people and younger people (under 65) with a disability.
Centre Based Activities
The Harmony Club is more than just a club – it is a family. The Harmony Club provides companionship and social contact with other people who face the same difficulties. For many, the friendships built amongst fellow clients, staff and volunteers make a trip to the Harmony Club the highlight of the week.
Centre based clients are picked up in the Centre minibus in the morning and arrive at the Centre around 9.30am. Morning tea is served outside in the garden and then clients come inside for games, activities, singing and a whole lot of fun. A nutritional hot lunch is prepared on site by our dedicated kitchen staff and all this topped off with a lovely dessert. After lunch – at approximately 1.15pm – clients are transported home.
A day at the Harmony Club is facilitated by our dedicated and qualified team of workers, supported by an amazing group of volunteers. Our bus is fully equipped with a hoist so clients with mobility issues can still attend. Please scroll down for the fee schedule for 2015.
Each day of the Harmony Club has a different twist and below is a brief outline of the activities on each day. If you would like to join the Harmony Club please contact the Centre.
Monday Scrabble – Scrabble is a fun way for clients to bond and enjoy themselves. Word games greatly improve clients’ mental capacity and helps keep the brain sharp and active. Runs on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
Monday Craft – A friendly craft group that runs from 9.30am till 11.30am. A bus trip is arranged for the group every couple of months.
Tuesday – General games and activities as well as fortnightly piano sing-alongs.
Wednesday Bowls – Wednesday sees the Harmony Club room transformed into a mini bowling green for a fun day of bowling.
Thursday – General games and activities as well as fortnightly piano sing-alongs.
Bus Trips – Bus trips run the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and are open to any Harmony Club members. Trips can include antique shopping in Dayboro; a visit to the bay at Wynnum; or an adventure to Beaudesert.
Book Club – Runs the 4th Thursday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. Each month the club chooses a topic and members can choose to read any book under this topic. Members have the option of bus pickup.
Social Support can come in many forms and can include home visits to share a cuppa; going out with a small group for a bite to eat, see a movie or go on a bus trip. Social Support provides opportunity for those who are unable to access the community independently. There are many services offered under the Social Support umbrella and all aim to provide that necessary social interaction to isolated individuals.
There is a group within Social Support called the Fun & Friendship Group. The Fun & Friendship Group is for younger people (under 65 years old) with a disability and provides them with a support network and social interaction. The group meets for coffees; bargain shopping and for general shenanigans. If you or someone you know is eligible for this service then please contact the Centre.
Another Social Support group is the Wednesday Concert Group. Every second Wednesday, the Centre transports and accompanies a small group to the Salisbury & District Senior Citizens Club where there is a concert and a lunch.
Transport to medical appointments is also offered for Harmony Club clients.