Welcome to Bridges Connecting Communities
Since 1975, Bridges Connecting Communities, (formerly Knox Community Volunteers), has been dedicated to providing volunteer services to the City of Knox and parts of the Yarra Ranges.
Bridges new program released: DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM
There are three barriers to using technology for our senior members access, education and safety.
Our program will address all three to ensure clients who wish to know more can and will not get left behind. Click to read more
During Covid19 our face to face centred based programs have been suspended and a Virtual Social Support Program created to ensure all our clients have supports in place during this time and they have the choice to stay engage and connected with Bridges to monitor and support their health and well-being.
Transport is still running with one person at a time being transported to necessary medical appointments only. If there are two members of the same household needing transport we use a bus to ensure social distancing. Shopping can be done for clients if needed so that they can remain at home.
Our office and programs have strict protocols around, good hygiene, social distancing, the use of temperature checks and screening prior to drives to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers and staff. Masks and face coverings are mandatory for all when leaving the house. PPE are supplied on request.
Bridges is a not for profit organisation which has been delivering services to the elderly and people with a disability in the Knox and South West Yarra Ranges for over 45 yrs. Bridges programs promote independence, fosters socialisation and are a mobility solution for transport disadvantaged people. Bridges uses a centered person approach tailoring their service to suit the specific and individual needs of each person.
Bridges operates under the guidelines provided by the Department of Health through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services through Home and Community Care Program for Younger People. Bridges delivers services at the highest standard and complies with the Aged Care Quality Standards. Bridges promotes active ageing whilst working to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.
Bridges is lucky to have around 250 wonderful volunteers who add value to a range of support services which include Community Transport, Community Access, Assisted or unassisted shopping, Phone A Friend, Pet Companion Program, Social Activities and our Shopping Bus.
Bridges Connecting Communities is supported by financial assistance from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.