Our Social Support Groups provide activities to help older people and people with disability to live a healthier, more rewarding and socially engaged life.

The aim of the Social Support Groups is to provide a program of activities that maintains and enhances the daily living skills of all the participants. The program of activities addresses a participant’s physical, social, cultural, emotional and recreational needs and provides opportunities to stay connected to community.

There are many significant benefits of joining one of our Social Support Groups for health and wellbeing, including:

  • Affordable recreational, leisure and social activities
  • Meeting people and making new friends
  • Staying connected to the community and social interaction
  • Maintaining skills needed for living independently
  • Keeping the body and mind active
  • Respite for carer/s

Social Support Groups

Acquired Brain Injury
The Acquired Brain Injury group is a social group for adults who have acquired a brain injury.
Who: People up to 65 years
When: Every Tuesday 10am – 2pm

Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disability
The Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disability group meets for a social game of lawn bowls each week for middle-aged adults who have an acquired brain injury or intellectual disability.
Who: People aged 35 – 55 years
When: Every Monday from 10am – 2pm
Where: Hurstbridge Bowling Club

Dementia Programs and Carer Support
The Dementia Programs offer intellectually stimulating environments to encourage social interactions, to enable participants to remain in their own homes longer. These programs offer flexible respite options for carers.
Who: People living with dementia and people who want advice on family members or friends that are living with dementia.
When: Every Thursday 10am – 3.30pm, Friday 10am- 2pm and Friday 2pm- 6pm
Cost: $13 per session, which includes a meal

Older Adult Activity
The Older Adult Activity group provides care and support, recreational activities and social interaction for older people.
Who: Older people aged 65 years or more
When:Every Monday and Wednesday 10am – 2pm

Out and About: Younger Onset Dementia and Carer Support
This is a small outings based activity group that visits a range of venues that may include music, bowling and Melbourne’s sight-seeing attractions. This group offers respite for carers.
Who: People aged less than 65 years with younger onset dementia
When: Every Wednesday 10am – 2 pm

Recreation for Leisure and Fun (RALFF)
Recreation for Leisure and Fun or ‘RALFF’ is a recreation group for younger adults with intellectual disability that provides the opportunity to socialise, form friendships and increase confidence and social skills, while taking part in age appropriate leisure activities.
Who: Younger adults aged between 13 – 35 years with an intellectual disability
When: Each Saturday from 1pm – 6pm with each participant offered one session per month

RALFF Café
The RALFF Café is a relaxed and informal session that provides carers, family and friends of RALFF participants to get together socially and share ideas.
Who: Carers, family and friends of RALFF participants
When: Quarterly during session time on Saturday afternoon

Social Connections
The Social Connections recreation group enables participants to socialise, form friendships and increase their confidence, social and life skills. Activities on offer include physical, intellectual and social stimulation, with some activities based in the centre and some out in the community. This group offers respite for carers.
Who: People aged over 35 years with an intellectual disability
When: Groups meet monthly on Saturday from 1pm – 6pm

Carers Support
The Carers Support group provides respite and support, meeting in a friendly and relaxed environment for social interaction and conversation with other carers.
Who: Carers of older people and people with disability.
When: Last Friday of each month from 11am – 1pm

Access
All participants will be assessed individually with priority access given to:

  • People from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • People who live in rural or remote areas
  • People who are financially or socially disadvantaged
  • People who are veterans of the Australian Defence Force or an allied defence force including the spouse, widow or widower of a veteran
  • People who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless
  • People who are care leavers (which includes Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations)
  • Parents separated from their children by forced adoption or removal
  • People from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities

You can book yourself in directly or you may be referred by a health professional.

Contact our In Home and Community Support team on 9430 9100 or make an online enquiry.

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