The Link facilities will host programs and events designed to foster the growth of an intergenerational and connected ‘living’ community both for SCC residents as well as older people within the wider region, creating meaningful connections and enhancing physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing. The programs will range from arts based, (art, craft, storytelling) through to community gardening, food preparation, activities of daily living and physical movement such as Tai Chi, Dance for Parkinson’s etc. taking into account each person’s individual goals preferences and choices, and underpinned by a strong emphasis on restorative approaches including wellness and reablement.
The LINK site
• Wheelchair accessible bungalows with extended covered outdoor facilities accommodating a wide range of wellbeing activities from arts based to physical to health literacy
• A gallery and cultural activity space with access to gardens
• Accessible and dementia friendly landscaped wayfinding areas and spaces that include tranquil and sensory gardens with intergenerational play and exercise elements
• Environmentally friendly community garden facilities
The RETREAT site
With a fully functioning kitchen, large room and outdoor area, The Retreat location accommodates The Link Club, offering inclusive programs and meaningful activities designed to foster social and spiritual connection and an enhanced quality of life for older members of the community through the arts, community gardening, food preparation and sharing and wellbeing classes.
The PAVILION site
This multifunctional space is designed to host community and booked events such as concerts, exhibitions, meetings and classes as required. With kitchen and public toilet facilities, it is an ideal location for people to gather and connect in meaningful ways.
The CAFE site
Offering delicious light meals as well as take away snacks and beverages in a beautiful waterside setting, The Link Cafe is a perfect spot for nourishment of all kinds. Whether you’re alone, a couple a small group or a large group, the Link Cafe will
accommodate your needs.
With SCC as stewards of the site, The Link facilities will host programs and events
for SCC residents as well as older people within the wider region.
This innovative "connected community" model is based on precedents from the UK and Europe that have been piloted and validated over the last four years (see Appendix for references.) It is in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching principles, the NSW Arts and Health Framework, as well as the NSW and Local Government’s Positive Ageing Strategies and the Aged Care Quality Agency directives.
Below: Artist rendering of the Cafe, Bungalows and Gallery spaces.
THE LINK GROUNDBREAKING
On Thursday October 1st 2020, our CEO Micheal Darragh was joined by Fr Michael Alcock, Chairman of the board Dave Robson, local member of parliament Gurmesh Singh, and Deputy Mayor George Cecato and distinguished guests from our community such as General Manager of Coffs Harbour City Council Steve McGrath, for the official groundbreaking of the Link Project.
We look forward to bringing you more news and photos as our building progresses.