HDRC Services has received funding and grants for a number of key initiatives and activities. These include:
Our website – In 2012 we were successful in an application to the Enterprise & Training Company Limited (ETC) Community Support Fund to create a new website. It went live at the beginning of July 2013.
Life Story – In September 2013, with the support of Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Club Grants (Port Macquarie Bowling Club), we installed interactive projectors, speakers and magnetic whiteboard packages in our Laurieton (FRRR) and Greenmeadows (Club Grants) centres for the Life Story project.
Drama Group – Around the same time, we also received a grant from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to run a series of theatre and drama workshops, which led to a number of community performances. This group is continuing as the Creative Arts and Theatre program.
Sports and Recreation Participation Project – A grant from the NSW Office of Communities Sports and Recreation has made it possible to create the ‘Surf and Turf’ program for people with dementia. The program provides regular community activities such as swimming, golf, yoga, dance, canoeing, and surfing. Groups also visit Sea Acres and Billabong Park, and enjoy river and offshore boat trips for fishing, whale watching, or simply enjoying the sunshine.
We have also secured a grant to run a ‘Surf and Turf’ program for disability clients and another to train a number of support workers and volunteers to become swimming instructors, enabling us to offer a comprehensive swimming program.
In addition, we have also installed several items of gym equipment in a section of our Morton Street centre.
Greenmeadows kitchen and garden shading – A home-style kitchen and additional shading at our Greenmeadows Centre has been funded by a grant from the Community Building Partnership Program (2013).
Extra respite hours for people with dementia – In January 2014, funding from the 2013 Commonwealth HACC funding round enabled us to increase our respite care hours and provide more transportation for clients. Our Port Macquarie facilities now operate five days a week.
The Montessori Program – In October 2014, financial support from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation was the catalyst for the introduction of a unique respite care model based on Montessori principles into community care for the first time. This novel approach to dementia support services has been implemented using the ‘Relate, Motivate, Appreciate’ program developed by Alzheimer’s Australia.