ac.care's Community Centres provide visitors with a welcoming, safe and friendly environment to participate in adult learning opportunities, receive support when experiencing hardships and gain new skills to achieve their life goals.
The Millicent and Mount Gambier Community Centres are multi-function centres providing a range of ac.care services including educational and recreational activities, emergency relief, family support, information about other forms of assistance and life skills training. Other organisations also use the room hire facilities of the centres to run their outreach programs.
The Millicent Community Centre is a Services Australia Agent and also a Service SA rural agent and Service Agent.
Emergency Relief provides limited financial assistance and food items to people who are experiencing financial difficulties.
The service provides immediate response to a crisis situation for people in a way that maintains the dignity of the individual and encourages self-reliance.
The program may provide support with:
- Pantry Food
- Fuel vouchers
Appointments are required or referrals accepted by another agency.
What to bring with you:
- your personal ID
- Centrelink card (if applicable)
- current Income Statement from Centrelink
- any accounts/bills or medical appointments etc that may have caused you to seek assistance from ac.care
Contacts to make appointments:
Thursday mornings 9:30am - 11.45 am
(10 x 15 minute appointments)
To make an appointment, please phone ac.care Berri: (08) 8580 5300
Wednesday and Friday Mornings
9.30am - 11am (4 appointments per day)
To make an appointment, please phone Millicent Community Centre from 3:00pm Tuesdays for ERP on Wednesday. Call: (08) 8735 5700
ac.care Mount Gambier
Monday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)
Wednesday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)
Friday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)
To make an appointment, please phone the ac.care Mount Gambier Community Centre: (08) 7725 3000
ac.care Murray Bridge
Tuesday and Thursday mornings
9.30am - 12:00noon (6 appointments)
To make an appointment, please call ac.care Murray Bridge: (08) 8531 4900
Recluse to Employment
26 year old Ms E was in regular contact with our emergency accommodation team who suggested that she may like to enrol in our Adult Community Education courses, as Ms E had become a recluse and very rarely left her home. She attended our cooking class on a regular basis and it was here that she offered to help out at the Centre. It was not long before she was undertaking regular administration duties on the front reception as an ac.care volunteer. Ms E then attended our 6 week Employment Pathways course which concentrated on employability skills and personal presentation.
Ms E is no longer a volunteer with ac.care, as she has been offered independent employment.
Help to adjust
Ms N had had a successful career as a nurse, but now suffers from health issues that prevented her from continuing in her profession. She needed some help adjusting to a lower income and a different lifestyle. Apart from financial counselling and participating in the Money Minded course, Ms N also enjoyed computing and art classes. This is her story in her own words:
“I was in a state of contemplating suicide as I thought there was no way out of this situation that I found myself in. No-one seemed to understand that I was grieving for my loss of income, my profession, and my self esteem. I came to ac.care for some financial counselling and found there a very caring and professional team. They helped me see that this was not my fault, helped me negotiate with my creditors, helped me with financial literacy with the Money Minded Course and for the first time I understood my own finances, and I was made very welcome there. I know that I can come back for a chat and a cup of coffee at any time. They are a great bunch of lovely people.”