The Coolibah Centre is a day centre that encourages independence and good living for its members in a caring and home-like environment.
We help our members to be healthy and active and to enjoy life to the full in a friendly and relaxing environment.
We encourage and help members to pursue their interests and passions, both at our centre and out in the community. The Coolibah Centre arranges regular group excursions in our bus to restaurants, shops, the beach, festivals and other attractions.
Our skilled staff all recognise that people have different strengths and abilities and they always look for new approaches to meet the needs of each individual.
This includes assisting members, who are all older people or people living with a disability, to deal with government agencies and other organisations and advocate on their behalf if necessary.
From our own kitchen we serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea each day. The kitchen is also the home base for our cooking groups, whose members learn to prepare tasty, nutritious and low-cost meals.
The many other interests our members pursue include gardening in the Coolibah’s vegetable patch, painting classes, computer training, sewing group, table tennis, pool, exercise sessions, dance classes and the annual Coolibah Ball.
We also celebrate many festivals and other events throughout the year, including Christmas, the lunar New Year, Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day, Reconciliation Week and the AFL grand final.
The Coolibah Centre is located at 67a Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
From Monday to Friday the centre is open from 9.00am to 3.30pm. On Sunday and public holidays the hours are 10am to 2pm. The centre is closed on Saturdays.
A person may be eligible for the Coolibah Centre if they:
- are 55 years of age or more and live in the City of Yarra
- are an older and frail person who is socially and financially disadvantaged
- are 45 years of age or over, have a disability and receive Individual Support Plan funding from the Victorian Government
- have a carer who needs respite.
Anyone can make a referral to the Coolibah Centre – including a doctor, health centre staff, hospital staff, friends, relatives and even the person wishing to join.
The annual membership fee is $20 and there are small charges for meals. Breakfasts cost $1 each, lunches $3 and afternoon tea 20 cents.
These prices can vary. More information on costs is provided at the Coolibah Centre upon assessment for membership.
In some cases an additional charge may be requested when a special activity or outing has been arranged.
At the Coolibah Craigieburn Social Support Program, in partnership with Hume City Council, older people make and renew friendships and enjoy a packed program of stimulating activities on Fridays from 10am to 3pm.
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