Rhyll Angling Club hooks up with PAG

Members of the Rhyll Angling Club have shown they are not only great at catching fish, but they are also great at supporting their local community.

The Club recently arranged for Bass Coast Shire Council’s Aged and Disability Unit to allow use of the clubrooms to run regular Planned Activity Group (PAG) events.

Club Secretary, Daniel McCausland, said the clubrooms are not used a great deal during the week, so partnering up with Council, namely PAG, seemed to make absolute sense.

“The Club is currently working with Council officers to extend the capacity of the clubrooms, rejuvenate the adjoining public toilets and undertake some safety upgrades to the playground,” Mr McCausland said.

“As part of this work, we have also been able to construct some additional storage area for the PAG which allows them to store their equipment and to use the clubroom.

“It’s been a great community partnership with the local angling community not only able to work with Council to help deliver this highly regarded support program, but also benefit from the renewal works on the buildings and playgrounds, along with the wider community.”

Planned Activity Groups are a great way for socially isolated people, generally aged clientele, to enjoy interaction with others in a safe, friendly and supervised environment.

The program aims to prevent social isolation and to maintain client independence through these small, friendly groups.

PAG programs are developed to reflect the interests of the group and offer a valuable break for carers, and transport can be arranged if required.

The new Rhyll PAG program will be held on Tuesdays and will be focused on bringing men together in a place that offers a friendly and welcoming environment.

Council’s Manager Community Strengthening, Antoinette Mitchell, said they have programs running from Monday to Thursday each week throughout the Shire that are continually evolving, and the Rhyll Angling Club program is the newest venue to be added to the program.

“The club rooms are warm, inviting, interesting and surrounded by a beautiful outlook across the Rhyll foreshore,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The warm response and support offered to us by the Club has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a successful and enjoyable program, which will be easily accessible to the Rhyll community.”

An assessment is required to determine a person’s eligibility to attend a HACC Planned Activity Group.

To find out if you are eligible to join PAG, contact the Intake Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2427 so they can meet with you to determine which PAG would best meet your needs.

Requests for service are accepted from all sources (ie the person, family, doctor or other health professionals) provided the person who is being referred consents to the referral.