The Sardinian Cultural Association (SCA) partners with other organisations to provide sponsorships. To date SCA has partnered with the Assisi Italian Aged Care Centre.
Sardinian Cultural Association (Vic) Inc. (SCA) and Assisi Italian Aged Care Centre (AC) Sponsorship
Established 2004 - Still Current
This Sponsorship was established following two major events, one being the $10,000 donation made by the SCA to the AC in July, 2000, raised in the context of the Project "Italy In The World", which rewarded those in the community of Italian origins who excelled in various fields (e.g. Sport, Commerce, Fashion, Arts, Literature, Music etc.). The Project culminated with a Gala Dinner, held at the Fogolar Furlan Club in Melbourne on the15th. July 2000. And the second was the reallocation of the SCA's Clubrooms from Lygon street. Brunswick to the AC in Rosanna in 2002.
The SCA has made available $3,000 per annum from 2004 to 2010 and a reduced $1,500 from 2011 to date, due to reductions in funding from the Sardinian Government caused by the difficult economic state in Europe. Funds are utilised by the AC to enhance their work place in general (e.g. additional educational programs for employees and family members, activities, purchase of furniture and medical equipment etc.) so as to maximise the level of care provided to the residents of the AC.
These funds have been utilised to:
Make possible the participation of the widely known Susan Alberti AC, as guest speaker, at the Assisi Women's Committee Annual Fundraising Luncheon;
The improvement of equipment to enable the AC to carry out the very important work of providing the highest quality care to it's Residents;
The expansion of the "Montessori Lifestyle Program" in the Nursing Home/High Care - Saint Francis wing of the AC;
The upgrade of outdoor furniture for use by Residents and their families at the AC;
Purchase 10 iPads for the use by residents, as a widely recognised worthwhile leisure and learning activity for the elderly;
A monetary donation was not made due to temporary funding reductions imposed by the Sardinian Governmentas a result of Italy's, and Europe's, difficult economic situation. Therefore, a like new billiard table, including cover, cues and rack valued between $5,000 - $6,000 was donated to enhance theleisure activities of the elderly;
Purchase of additional "outdoor and indoor" furniture following the latest round of building development and refurbishment of the AC;
Purchase of "outdoor and indoor" furniture following the completion of the first stage of building development and refurbishment of the AC;
Make a final donation towards the"Assisi Bus Appeal", which resulted in the purchase of a much need 12 seater bus, with special wheel chair and other facilities for the elderly;
Make an initial donation towards the "Assisi Bus Appeal", which will see the eventual purchase of a much needed 12 seater bus with special wheel chair and other facilities for the elderly;
Expand the Family Support Program, designed to provide families with professional counselling, information and pastoral care support, to help them prepare and deal with the dislocation, grief and often guilt that usually occurs when an elderly parent or relative enters residential aged care. This support is not just for new entrants but also to help families at time of significant decline in health of their loved one, through all palliative times including after death;
Implement a unique Family Support Program to assist families in dealing with the dislocation, grief and often guilt that usually occurs when an elderly parent or relative needs to enter residential aged care. The firm Bernie McCarthy and Associates Pty. Ltd., who is one of the most well-known and respected aged care psychologists, was engaged to provide professional counselling support services not just for new residents and also to help families at a time of significant decline in health of their loved one, through all palliative times including after death;
Develop a Bequest Program, including printing of related promotional brochure in Italian and English, as well as the purchase of chalk-art menu boards for all dining areas of the AC;
Develop and print an AC generic promotional brochure and to purchase an outdoor setting and two high quality compact music players for resident activities;
Develop and implement, in collaboration with the Austin Hospital, the "Respecting Patient Choices program, resulting in 21 nursing and general staff being accredited;
Provide training courses, including Italian language, natural therapies and work safety, specifically structured for the Aged Care industry.