The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCPYP) support program works with consumers to achieve social wellbeing goals. The program is open to any person aged 18-65 who is ineligible for the NDIS, or is waiting for an NDIS package to be approved. 

In some instances these consumers may have issues with mobility, mental or physical health, or other issues that prevent or limit them from accessing social and community-based activities, education, or non-medical appointments. 

Depending on the type of care required, HACCPYP can offer consumers personal care, home maintenance and medical care, as outlined in the consumer's care plan.

The program, funded by  Victorian Department of Health, is a new initiative for Bendigo Health. It is designed for consumers who might benefit from being connected to a caring and dedicated volunteer, one who can make regular contact with them. Consumers can self-refer or be referred by their case manager, and will have social wellness goals as part of their care plan. These social wellness goals form a significant part of the recovery process. 

Activities can include coffee catch ups, social outings, writing emails, letters and cards, attending adult education classes, dog walking, attending gentle exercise classes and shopping. Such activities are designed to enable consumers to fulfil their social wellness and health goals. 

All volunteers are trained for this role and are supported by the Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested in participating in this initiative or would like to learn more, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 5454 7840, or complete the application form here.