Community Programs

Active Minds will keep your hands and mind busy by participating in games and trivia in an inclusive environment. This group is a fun way to meet people while exercising your mind to strengthen your memory and cognition.

Arts & Crafts is a friendly and creative space to meet people, while participating in a range of different activities each week. The group creates items using different mediums, such as papercraft, painting, seasonal gift making, and felting (just to name a few). All abilities are welcome, no previous art or craft experience necessary

(starting 01/09/24)

Cafe Catch-up is an informal way for people to get together over lunch and a cuppa in a friendly environment. No week is the same, with the group visiting a different local cafe each week. More detailed information with venues is provided on monthly calendars. All food and drink costs associated are at consumers own expense. Please note that Cafe Catch-up is a self-drive group, transport is not provided.

(starting 01/09/24)

Computer Class aims to build on and improve technology literacy in a supportive, and engaging environment. With the support of staff and volunteers, we encourage members to embrace and actively engage in learning. Some basic knowledge is required. BYO technology (tablet, phone or laptop). Skill level: intermediate

(starting 01/09/24)

Aimed at beginners, Computer Social aims to encourage and support members to better understand technology in a supportive, friendly, and social environment. With the support of staff and volunteers, we encourage members to embrace and actively engage in learning. BYO technology (Tablet, phone or laptop) Skill level: Beginner

Day Trippers is an all-day group outing visiting places of interest. Past and ongoing trips include: Morning Melodies, Weribee Zoo, Movies, Arthurs Seat, Scienceworks, City Tours, Cruden Farm, The Moorabbin Air Museum and more. We are constantly updating our outings to make sure our consumers get to enjoy the best that Melbourne and surrounds has to offer. More detailed information with venues is provided on monthly calendars.

Easy Moves is a gentle chair-based exercise group where you are guided to stretch using easy and controlled movements while seated. Therabands and light hand weights are also used as part of the session with all exercises and activities encouraging and supporting hand & eye coordination. Easy Moves is a fun and social way to keep active and healthy. A Doctors Certificate may be required to participate.

(starting 01/09/24)

Fit Fridays is an active walking group that explores local tracks with a social cafe visit included. Participants must be able to walk 2km unassisted and may need a doctor’s certificate to participate. Food and drink are at consumers own expense.

Departing from the Montrose area, this group outing visits local cafes and places of interest. Past outings include, Beasley’s Nursery & Tea House, Yarra Valley Dairy Yering and Food Factory Sales in Bayswater as well as a range of amazing cafes. Food and drink are at consumers own expense.

In this group, you can enjoy keeping your mind active, participating in games, and building connections with others. A variety of games are played, including (for example) Scrabble, Rummikub, dominoes, and the popular “Grocery Grab”.

Knitting attendees create knitted and crocheted items of their choice, with the option of knitting for various charities. Knitting group is a wonderful way to share your love of knitting as well as relax, talk and meet likeminded people. No previous knitting or crochet experience is necessary.

Men’s Lunch is a fortnightly program for men to catch up and share a meal together at one of the many great hotels in the area. No fortnight is at the same venue with venues being chosen for their great food and atmosphere. All food and drink costs associated are at consumers own expense.

Out & About is a group outing visiting local places of interest. Past and ongoing outings include: Shopping, Morning Melodies, Picnics, scenic drives and more. We are constantly researching venues to make sure our consumers get to enjoy a fantastic variety of outings. More detailed information with venues is provided on monthly calendars.

(starting 01/09/24)

We will be visiting some fantastic local nurseries on a fortnightly basis where you will get the opportunity to pick up a few plants (or just enjoy being surrounded by plants). Lunch will be at either the nursery cafe, or a nearby cafe. More detailed information with venues is provided on monthly calendars. Lunch is at Consumers expense.

Quiz & Puzzle Fun will encourage your logical thinking skills by completing quizzes, playing games (including Bingo) and participating in trivia in a fun and friendly group environment. Attendees often delight in sharing stories, jokes and reminiscing while enjoying the social interaction that the Quiz & Puzzle Fun provides. Includes Cafe visit for morning tea every third week (at Consumers expense).

(starting 01/09/24)

Meet in a friendly and inclusive social environment while you work with your hands, restoring and rejuvenating a small furniture item, as well as learning to make some handy timber boxes. Chat and share stories while you hone old creative skills or learn some new ones. No previous experience required.

Wanderlust Wednesdays (starting 01/09/24)

Wanderlust Wednesdays offers the following groups each week (rotating schedule):

  • Mystery Bus Tour

An exciting bus tour to a local Mystery location! Our fabulous bus will pick you up and you will find out on the day where we are headed.

  • Book Chat

A facilitated round table chat with other book lovers. Bring a book you are currently reading. You will not be expected to read the same book as the group.

  • Armchair Travel

Join us for a relaxed weekly session as we discover a different destination each time, featuring videos, trivia, music, and culinary delights.

  • Arts & Culture

We will explore a range of art forms including current exhibitions, music, and films, delving into the creativity and inspirations of artists.

More detailed information is provided on monthly calendars. The Mystery Bus Tour may require consumers to pay for morning tea if heading to a venue.

In Woodwork, you will learn to handcraft a range of items in a fun and supportive setting. Some past projects include chopping boards, Lazy Susan’s, board games, toys, bird feeders and tables. All abilities are welcome, with no previous woodworking experience or knowledge of tools necessary.