What is Leisure Options?
The Yorke Peninsula Council is committed to delivering high quality, responsive and customer focused services. The YP Leisure Options service provides a range of social and recreational activities for eligible members in the Council area. Leisure Options delivers centre-based activities, social support and transport to people who have age related health issues and for younger people with disabilities.
The program is delivered across the Yorke Peninsula using community and Council facilities in the townships of Minlaton, Maitland, Yorketown and Edithburgh. Leisure Options currently has three part time staff as well as 23 dedicated volunteers working in a range of capacities, including Group work facilitators, drivers, administration and fundraising.
The 2021-2025 YP Leisure Option Strategic Plan can be viewed here.
What activities are available?
Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options has a range of group activities on a weekly basis at a nominal fee and includes:
- Tree propagation: propagating native trees, shrubs and ground covers from ‘seed to sale’
- Arts and crafts
- Fun and games
- Try-Leisure games with our friends in Barossa and Clare/ Mid North
- Bus trips and excursions to local events on the Peninsula, including Kernewek Lowender Cornish Festival in Moonta, the Maitland Agricultural Show and the Minlaton Agricultural Show
- Fishing trips
- Musical events
- Cooking and baking (and eating!)
- Woodwork and crafts
What Groups are available?
Group activities are available most Tuesdays through to Fridays and the availability of places will be discussed at a meeting with the Leisure Options Coordinator:
|Arts and Crafts Group||The Arts and Crafts Groups meets at the Minlaton Town Hall alternative Tuesdays from 10:00am to 2:30pm. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and work on projects for yourself or family and friends.|
|The Wood Shed||The Wood Shed group gets together every Tuesday fortnight. The Shed is located at the Minlaton oval and works on creating projects made with wood. Volunteers work together with younger people with intellectual disabilities and assist them in completing projects safely and successfully. The Wood Shed is also an opportunity to make items for sale to fund raise for the Leisure Options service. The Wood Shed is open from 10:00am to 2:30pm fortnightly on a Tuesday.|
|MAG Shed (MAGS)||The MAG Shed members meet fortnightly on a Thursday between 10:00am and 2:30pm. It’s a terrific opportunity to work on personal projects if you don’t have the necessary equipment at home. It’s also a great chance to catch up with other members, have a laugh and chat over coffee. All you need is a gold coin donation and a project in mind.|
|Cooking Group||The Cooking Group meets at the Minlaton Town Hall alternative Tuesdays from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Members have the opportunity to try new recipes or refine old favourites, including cooking meals for lunch or dinner and baking tasty treats. Members get to enjoy their creations or take them home to share with family and friends.|
|Edithburgh Group||The Edithburgh Group provides a range of craft and cooking activities for older people residing in the Edithburgh area. The Group meets at the local Community Church in Edithburgh every Wednesday during the school term time from 10:00am to 2:30pm.|
|Living Skills Program||The Living Skills Program is established for supporting younger people with disabilities. With a referral from Disability SA, members are supported in an educational program that targets skills and knowledge specific to living independently and achieving outcomes. With a focus on individual needs, the Living Skills Program is designed to enable members to build on existing strengths in a range of learning areas; from money management, literacy and numeracy, as well domestic tasks, health and nutrition. Members are supported to achieve personal goals, experience success, participate in the community and support their own and others’ wellbeing.|
|Fun and Games Group||The Fun and Games Group participate in a range of indoor and outdoor games to support our ‘Be Active’ approach to fitness and wellbeing. No gym equipment, just basic games on the Minlaton Oval and the occasional walk in the local area. Based at the Minlaton Town Hall, the Group meets alternative Thursdays and have regular excursions around the Peninsula.|
|Tree Propagation Group||The Tree Propagation Group meets weekly on Fridays at the Yorketown Progress Association/ Lions Club Hall. Members participate in seed collecting excursions and occasional tree planting excursions, in addition to the care of the nursery at the rear of the Hall. Open from 10:00am until 2:30pm, the Group is facilitated by Group Leaders with experience and passion for propagation of native tree, shrubs and ground covers. Sale of stock to the public is available from 11:00am, with a range of species to choose from.|
Who is eligible to participate?
Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options welcomes enquiries from people who are interested in participating in activities with others in their local community. If you or your family member meets any of the criteria below, we can arrange an informal meeting to discuss more details:
• Resides in the Yorke Peninsula Council area and,
• Is a younger person with a disability – must be 18 years or over or,
• Is a person with age related health issues,
• Is experiencing social isolation and may have reduced support from family
We are always happy to receive enquiries, so please do call us if you meet, or think you meet, the eligibility criteria. We can assist you with referrals to the My Aged Care assessment team or visit their website at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ for more information.
If you meet, or think you meet, the eligibility criteria, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) local area coordinators for the Yorke Peninsula council area is Baptcare. To find out more information about how they can help you with planning your NDIS services please call them on 1800 960 595.
More information about the NDIS can be found here
Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options services are for people aged over 18 years.
Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options is able to deliver this broad range of activities due to the generosity of our dedicated team of Group Leaders and volunteers who help us to provide this much valued service across the Yorke Peninsula.
Volunteer tasks include; driving our vehicles to pick up and drop off members who have no alternative means of transport and who reside on ‘destination routes’. Group Leaders organize the activities on a daily basis and in consultation with the YP Leisure Options Coordinator. They are supported by teams of volunteers who assist members to get the most out of the activities. Several volunteers also work in an administrative and fundraising capacity, which supports our continuing service improvement and commitment to quality programs.
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|Acting Leisure Options Coordinator||Tanya Walsh|
|Office hours||Tuesday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm|
|Address||1st Floor, Minlaton Town Hall
57 Main Street (PO Box 88)
Minlaton SA 5575
|Phone||08 8853 3830|
|Mobile||0400 532 552|
YP Leisure Options has part-time staff members who also visit groups and attend to other tasks, so please leave a message on the answering machine with your name and contact number. We will endeavor to return your query as soon as possible.
Disability Action Plan
Council has adopted the following Disability Action Plan to ensure that people with disabilities can access Council functions, facilities and services:
Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options is committed to the inclusive participation of all members of the Yorke Peninsula community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.