Connect Well Groups

Be socially engaged with your community

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

Connect Well Groups provide a program of activities that maintain and enhance the daily living skills of all participants. The program of activities addresses a participant’s physical, social, cultural, emotional and recreational needs and provides opportunities to stay connected to the community.

There are many reasons to join one of our Connect Well Groups:

  • 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

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Out and About Young Onset Dementia

The Out and About Young Onset Dementia group 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: Wednesdays 10am – 2.30 pm

Out and About Young Onset Dementia

Dementia Programs

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 with dementia and people who want advice on family members or friends that are living with dementia.

When: Thursdays 10am – 3.30pm, Fridays 10am- 2pm ,12pm- 4pm or 10am -4pm

Dementia Programs

Recreation and Leisure For Fun (RALFF)

Recreation and Leisure for Fun or ‘RALFF’ is a recreation group for younger adults with intellectual disability, providing 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: Saturday from 1pm – 6pm with each participant offered one session per month

Recreation and Leisure For Fun (RALFF)

Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disability

The Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disability group meets at Hurstbridge Bowling Club 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 – 65 years with a acquired brain injury or intellectual disability

When: Mondays 10am – 2pm

Acquired Brain Injury and Intellectual Disability

Social Connections

The Social Connections is a 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 intellectual disability

When: Groups meet monthly – Saturdays 1pm – 6pm

Social Connections

Older Adult Activity

The Older Adult Activity group provides care and support, recreational activities and social interaction for older people.

Who: People aged 65 years or more

When: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am – 2pm

Older Adult Activity

The Outing Group

This is a community based group that visits a variety of local venues. Members have the option to meet at healthAbility for a quick cuppa before embarking on the predetermined outing or meeting at the designated venue. Transport can be arranged.

Who: People aged over 65 years

When: Fortnightly Tuesdays 10am – 2pm

The Outing Group

The Shopping Group

Enjoy browsing the shops and lunch at a chosen shopping destination. You will then have the opportunity to purchase your own lunch. Transport provided starting at 10.00am and then home from 2.00pm.

Who: Older adults over the age of 65

When: On the second Friday of the month

The Shopping Group

The Movie Group

Enjoy a film followed by a delicious lunch of sandwiches, coffee and cake. Transport provided, starting at 9.30am to Palace Cinema – Balwyn and then return from 2.00pm. A different film is selected each month with a seated luncheon to follow after the movie.

Who: Older adults over the age of 65

When: On the third Friday of the month

The Movie Group

healthAbility Café – Younger Onset Dementia

The healthAbility Café is a place for people with younger onset dementia and their family, partners or friends. It’s a chance to chat and share experiences in a relaxed and supportive environment. The café events are all held in Box Hill and locations are determined when you book in. Light morning tea and hot drinks are provided.

Who: People diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia and their carers

When: On the third Tuesday of each month

healthAbility Café – Younger Onset Dementia

healthAbility’s Men’s Shed

The Whitehorse Men’s Shed provides an opportunity for men to get together and work on projects in a supportive workshop environment. Each week our ‘Shedders’ participate in activities matched to their strengths, skills and interests.

Who: Open to everyone to contact us for eligibility

When: Monday, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10.00am to 3.00pm

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healthAbility’s Men’s Shed

Online Social Groups

These groups are held via GoTo online meetings and require an email address, internet access, tablet or computer with sound and camera capabilities. No out of pocket fee attached. (CHSP funded)

Please contact rachel.dunn@healthability.org.au for more information.

Travel Discussion Group

Who: people over 65
When: Mondays 2-3pm

Trivia and Quiz Group

Who: people over 65
When: Wednesdays 2-3pm

Bingo Group

Who: people over 65
When: Fridays 2-3pm

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