Mentis Assist was recently recognised for its contributions towards supporting older people, winning the Age Friendly Local Business Award at the Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards. One of our volunteers, Bob Donaldson also took home a Senior Achiever Award!
The Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards recognises local individuals, clubs, services or businesses that contribute to creating a supportive community for older people on the Mornington Peninsula. The awards aim to shine a light on older people, promoting respect and an age-friendly community.
Mentis Assist is the only organisation on the Mornington Peninsula that provides a range of social group services for the over 50’s population to support their mental and overall health.
Our Seniors Program offers support groups that run five days a week and provide participants with connections to others in the community, promoting friendships among those who experience mental illness, disability, loneliness and isolation. The groups provide a safe place for older people to discuss issues. We seek to empower older people, providing them with the tools and supports to help them maintain their independence, a core element in wellbeing.
Additionally, Mentis Assist's Access and Support program links older people with mental and physical health services in the area. Working in close partnership with other local services including housing, family, financial, and legal services, as well as local community centres, local councils, aged care assessment teams, memory and dementia clinics, and social workers, Mentis Assist aims to make services as accessible as possible for all clients.
Mentis Assist's CEO Terry Palioportas said that as one of the most valuable yet vulnerable groups, the community has a responsibility to provide older people with support.
"During this season of people's lives, loneliness, disability and mental illness are common," he said.
"It can be difficult for many, especially those without the support of family to feel connected with their community and to access help. Through our programs and services, we hope to empower older people mentally, socially and physically."