Cabonne Home Support (CHS)

The Commonwealth Home Support Program is dedicated to providing high quality service to support the needs of the frail, older people within the community, and those that care for them, who require assistance with daily living to maintain their independent lifestyle.

From the program, Cabonne Council receives funding to provide a range of home and community care solutions, under the service name Cabonne Home Support (CHS). These services focus on maximising the client’s independence by building on their strengths, capacity and goals to remain independent and safe at home. This support aids to delay, or avoid, the need for more complex forms of aged care.

The service provides all clients and volunteers with a bi-monthly newsletter to enable and encourage them to participate in all areas of the service provision.  There are currently over 200 clients receiving various levels of support through this program.

For information regarding services, eligibility and assessment please phone (02) 63 441 199 or call into our office at 70 Gaskill Street, Canowindra. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 3.00pm.

Prospective clients may refer themselves, or can be referred by family, friends, GP or medical staff.


Volunteers are the lifeblood or our service

Most of the services available and the variety of service types offered are only possible because of the many people who give their time, energy and commitment to volunteer for CHS. Volunteers are offered ongoing support, information and training. Currently there are 120 volunteers assisting with service delivery to 230 clients.

By becoming a volunteer, it enables you to contribute positively to the community and to meet people from other backgrounds. If you would like to know more about volunteering with CHS, please contact us. Volunteers are always needed and it is easy to apply.

Our volunteers experience the satisfaction of knowing they are providing a vital service to the community. They can make new friends, learn new skills and take pride in belonging to a well-trusted and well known community organisation.

CHS Services

Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals to our client’s homes. This not only ensures they have a nutritional meal available, but to provide regular social contact and a friendly face to check on their health and safety.

Why do people access Meals on Wheels?

There are a variety of reasons why people choose to access Meals on wheels, these can include:

  • Recent hospital admission
  • Struggling to cook
  • No interest in cooking meals
  • Improving diet
  • Family are not able to assist with meals
  • It may be unsafe to cook themselves

In Canowindra and Eugowra a hot, nutritious meal can be delivered to your door five days per week, frozen meals can be used to supplement your weekend.

Your meal will include the following:

  • Main meal (meat and vegetables / salad)
  • Dessert
  • Juice
  • Bread
  • An extensive variety of Frozen Meals

The large selection of our frozen meals allows the client Choose from a large selection of meals from our menu and have them either home delivered, or collect them from the CHS office. These meals are prepared using the best quality ingredients.

Our friendly volunteers can deliver them to your door, or you can collect them from the CHS office.

Special dietary requirements for both Hot and Frozen meal deliveries can be catered for.


Service users may be assisted with a subsidy towards their lawn mowing and gardening costs. This is for low-level maintenance only and is limited. One-off minor maintenance services are also offered throughout the year, which includes window wash, rose pruning and gutter cleaning.

Clients are offered opportunities to dine out as a group at different locations throughout the district. These group outings bring seniors together from across the Cabonne Shire for a fun and social day out. This allows time for catching up with old friends, making news friends, and to have fun with others in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Social Support has a wide range of services available to users. These services are adaptable to the individual and are able to be delivered in a group setting or on a one-on-one basis. Services offered include:

  • Day trips to places of interest
  • Overnight trips
  • Movie days
  • Craft groups
  • Men’s group
  • Learning opportunities

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an Australia Government funded program to promote links between those living in Residential Aged Care and volunteer visitors.

The CVS aims to:

  • Enrich the quality of life of residents who may be socially isolated or lonely;
  • Assist residents to maintain their independence;
  • Enhance residents social contacts;
  • Minimise the resident’s isolation from the general community.

Residents in aged care facilities may have limited or no contact with family and friends. The CVS originated to overcome the isolation that is felt by some residents.

A Community Visitor is a person who sets aside time, at least once per fortnight, to visit and befriend an aged person in residential care.  Your suitability will be assessed and you will be matched with a resident that you share an interest with; this may be cultural, hobbies or a common background. Once matched, the Community Visitor visits the resident. A visit may include a chat, a cuppa, working on a hobby together or even taking a short walk