Funded Respite

Kurtis Moore
Phone: (03) 9568 6234
Email:  kurtis.moore@impact.vic.edu.au

Funded Respite Program

Our Funded Respite Program provides needed respite opportunities for people living at home with an unpaid carer throughout Victoria. It is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  As spaces on the program are limited, we maintain a waiting list with an emphasis on a needs basis not order of application.

The Funded Respite program is available to people who:

  • are over the age of sixteen
  • have a disability certified by a medical practitioner
  • are eligible under the Disability Services Act 1991
  • live in the North Western or Eastern Regions of Victoria
  • are reliant on an unpaid carer.

People participating in the Funded Respite Program can choose an option which best meets their identified needs, requirements and interests. People can access this program as a means of engaging in some much needed respite that is flexible and responsive to the individual situation.

Respite plans are developed together with the person, their carer, case manager and Impact staff to ensure the best possible result for all involved. Plans can be reviewed at anytime and are able to cater to the changing and evolving needs of the people they support.

Impact Social Club

Impact Social Club is for people who want to go out, meet new people and have fun. It is aimed at encouraging people to come along, socialise and engage in different and exciting activities ten months of the year. Activities range from karaoke, line dancing, Footy night, Spring carnival, African drumming to fancy dress. The Impact Social Club has something for everyone!

The Social Club is open to people who access Impact and the wider community who wish to join in as well. We ask that if you have never attended before to contact the impact office on the below contact details in order to fill in a support requirements document before attending. People who require 1:1 support are required to bring a carer on the night.

'Big Day Out'

Held twice a month the Big Day Out program aims at giving the people we support the opportunity to enjoy some fun and often relaxing opportunities in their community. It also offers their primary carers the opportunity for some respite of their own. Activities include: heading down to the peninsula, relaxing at a local restaurant, exploring some of Melbourne’s attractions or having a BBQ at a reserve.  

Respite camps

Five Camps have been organised every year for the people we support and aim at giving people and their families extended support, typically over three days. These Camps take place in various locations in Melbourne including: Geelong, Mornington, Phillip Island and Gippsland. While being a fantastic recreational experience for the people we support it also offers their primary carers some time to relax and enjoy some time and recreation of their own.

1:1 support

Melba offers families and the people we support flexible respite for when they would like or need a little extra support. Flexible Support is aimed towards supporting people when the unexpected comes up, or if primary carers have events or commitments of their own. This way people and families are able to still take part in activities they have planned and the person they support is still able to be supported by people they know.