Social Support / Friendship Groups

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Individual & Group Social Support Services

Our Multicultural Neighbour Aid and Friendship Groups provide a variety of activities, meals, outings, picnics, bus trips, crafts and games and information sessions. We also provide home visits, transport to medical appointments and assistance with shopping.


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Multicultural Friendship Group Services

The HMC Multicultural Friendship Groups (MFG) meet during the week at various venues through Newcastle and the Hunter Region including Maitland, Greta, Cessnock/Kurri Kurri, Salamander Bay and Raymond Terrace.

Activities include:

  • Special day celebration
  • Picnics
  • Bus trips
  • Crafts

MFG groups aim to bring seniors and young people with a disability of all nationalities, and their carers, together to:

  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Prevent isolation and loneliness
  • Enjoy healthy meals in a safe environment
  • Join bus trips and excursions
  • Receive respite for carers

Multicultural Neighbour Aid Program

Available in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock, HMC’s Multicultural Neighbour

Aid Program aims to provide:

  • Companionship and social support for people to remain independent
  • Minimisation of isolation and help for people to participate in community life
  • Increase and maintain meaningful relationships

The HMC also provides social support which includes:

  • Home visits and telephone calls
  • Transport to medical appointments and social outings
  • Companionship; go out for coffee or lunch
  • Assistance with shopping, paying bills etc.
  • Bus trips and group outings
  • Respite for carers

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