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PAG participant 2016 Sharen webBev Farrugia has recently completed a successful year in the position of Senior Worker – Planned Activity Group. Here she explains the aim of the program.

“It’s really satisfying when a client picks up a new skill or reignites an old passion. Through the Planned Activity Group a couple of members are even learning the ukulele!” says VincentCare’s Bev Farrugia.

VincentCare Victoria’s Planned Activity Program (PAG) for the City of Melbourne provides an opportunity for social inclusion for people 50 years and over who come from a marginalised background or those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.Starting with approximately ten members in May 2015, the team has worked hard to grow the group and have attracted many new participants, taking the group to almost 30. 

Senior Worker, Hume Community Hub

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'I’ve been working in the welfare field for nearly 30 years. I started back in the 80s as a youth worker. I did a fair bit of travelling around Australia and ended up at Lifeline in Brisbane which is where I got inducted into the welfare field. I’ve branched out from lots of things like Family Support Worker with Family Care, and a Child First worker. Now I’m back to generalist welfare and helping people who are doing it tough with their finances.'