The Greek culture of gathering together for shared food and recreational activities, in the ancient tradition of Greek hospitality, known as Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία), brings about much cheer and a sense of community to all involved. The sound of the collective banter and laughter is said to be likened to that of the honey bees (Μέλισσες) buzzing around in their hive – which is why our social support group program is labelled ‘Kipseli’ κυψέλη – which means ‘bee hive’.
The Greek Welfare Centre’s ‘Kipseli’ Social Support Program has continued to be very popular among our regular attendees and has continued to attract many new guests as part of our Community and Home Support Program.
Held regularly at a few locations a short distance east, west and south west of the Adelaide city center, our ‘Kipseli’ guests gather fortnightly on Tuesday mornings at each location for lunch, information from guest speakers, socialising, recreation and fun times.
The Greek Welfare Centre ‘Kipseli’ staff and volunteers coordinate the gathering, with Greek coffee (καφές) and snacks (μεζέδακια), tasty Greek-style freshly cooked lunch, and social activities, including: Greek quizzes and brain teasers, keeping to help the mind active; bingo and raffles, for a bit of fun and excitement; music, song and dance, helping to keep the body active; and useful information from various guest speakers from a range of senior support and advocacy organisations.
Our clients enjoyed a break from the winter blues in June at our recent Kipseli held at the Pan-Laconian Hall at Plympton.
Transport to and from the venues is also available for eligible participants and My Aged Care and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) subsidies are available for qualifying clients. Contact our office on 08 8212 5100 for further information about joining us in the next Kipseli gathering.