How often do I need to attend social centres?
You can choose how often you’d like to attend. We're flexible to suit your needs.
Can I come and try a social centre to see if it is for me?
Yes, we would love to arrange a trial for you.
Get in touch with our team and we'll be happy to arrange a visit to one of our locations nearest you.
Are there allied health services available through the social centre?
Our social centre co-ordinators work with physiotherapists and occupational therapists so that the centre’s event schedule is purposeful as well as fun.
Our social centres facilitate allied health referrals, and all clients have access to an individually tailored reablement program designed by our therapy team.
Is there transport to Bethanie's social centres available?
Bethanie offers a transport service to a local catchment around each of our social centres.
Get in touch with our team for more information about transport options in your area.
Are there restrictions on who can attend a Bethanie social centre?
The only mobility requirement we have is that our clients need to be able to safely weight-bear.
Do you provide meals at the social centre?
All our social centres provide morning tea and lunch. Our menu planning is seasonal, varied and nutritious, with options for special dietary considerations such as allergies, swallowing impairments, lactose intolerance, diabetic, vegetarian and vegan.
Do you go on outings?
Bethanie’s social centre groups regularly go on outings to restaurants, galleries, museums, movies, theatre and seasonal events. We plan outings around what we know our clients like. Our trained staff attend all outings to make sure you receive the support you need to enjoy yourself safely. Transport to and from outings is included in the daily attendance charge, however some outings may incur additional costs for special meals or entertainment.
Where are Bethanie’s social centres?
Bethanie runs social centres in Bunbury, Eaton, Geraldton, Kwinana, Port Kennedy, South Perth and West Perth.
How old do I have to be to go to a social centre?
We welcome people over the age of 55 from all backgrounds and cultures.
Are there options for different cultural backgrounds?
Cultural and spiritual diversity is celebrated and encouraged at our social centres.
We encourage people with similar culture and language to attend on the same days so they can enjoy conversation, connection and culturally specific games and activities. Staff and volunteers who speak a second language can be rostered on specific days.
Why is socialising important?
With a third of all senior Australians living alone, it’s more important than ever to make socialising easy. Bethanie’s social centres are a friendly and relaxed setting for older people to meet others, enjoy some conversation and remain connected to the community.
What are social centres?
Social centres are a daytime destination where older Australians can go to socialise with others, enjoy some lunch and take part in cultural activities, games and outings. They are also safe respite option for carers needing a break.