Branching Out: Planned Activity Group

The Branching Out program is suitable for:

  • frail older people who require personal care assistance
  • people with mobility needs
  • older adults with an intellectual disability or dual disability
  • older people who have become socially isolated due to social, physical or cognitive disability (for example, stroke, vision impairment or memory loss)
  • people who have become socially isolated as a result of a challenging behaviour which may be a result of a mental illness, acquired brain injury or dementia.

About Branching Out

Branching Out is a Planned Activity Group (PAG) program, formerly known as the Adult Day Activity Support Service (ADASS).

Branching Out is a social program designed for people with complex care needs and also provides an opportunity for respite for carers.  

Our caring, supportive staff who run the daily programs encourage participants to maintain and enhance their living and social skills.

Community Transport Services to and from home are available.

Our Branching Out: Planned Activity Group brochure(PDF, 118KB) contains key information about this program.

Newsletter - The Evergreen Tree

For the latest news from our Branching Out Program, download the latest edition of the The-Evergreen-Tree-July-2017.pdf(PDF, 7MB)  - our PAG newsletter.

Weekly program

We have developed five distinct programs for each day of the week, to cater for individual needs.

Each day offers a specific program to meet the particular needs of the group, including centre-based activities and monthly social outings. 

Each person receives a comprehensive activity assessment before they attend to find out which program is most appropriate for them.

Participants can attend for a full or half day.

Monday  'The Boys Club' aims to build confidence and companionship in a male group. Designed for a diverse range of abilities and needs.

Tuesday

A program for older men and women with a high level of frailty.
Wednesday  'Workshop It' aims to maintain a person’s confidence and independence at home and in the community. Designed for a diverse range of abilities and needs.
Thursday For older people who have become socially isolated due to social, physical or cognitive disability (e.g. due to stroke, vision-impairment, or short-term memory loss).

Friday

A program for older people who have become socially isolated as a result of challenging behaviour (e.g. due to mental illness, acquired brain injury, or dementia that may be the result of alcohol or substance abuse).

Location

Will Sampson Centre
102 Henry Street
Windsor VIC 3181

Contact information

If you would like to attend Branching Out, please contact us: 

Office hours: Monday to Friday between 8.30am - 5pm

Phone: 8290 3224

Email (general enquiries): agedanddiversity@stonnington.vic.gov.au

Email (confidential LGBTI enquiries): lgbti@stonnington.vic.gov.au

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