Be socially engaged with your community through our Connect Well Groups

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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New: Social Connector Program

Are you looking for ways to increase social connections and participate in community activities? Our Social Connections program may be for you!

Social Connectors provide short-term companionship and social connection to encourage engagement with individual interests and hobbies, and the wider community in the Whitehorse area.

You can join the program if you are:

  • under 65 years of age
  • have a moderate, severe, or profound psychosocial or physical disability
  • are not a current NDIS Participant, or
  • are an unpaid carer and
  • are interested in receiving social companionship or support to join community activities

This service is not for current NDIS participants but there may be exceptions, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

To find out more about the program, click here

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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 – 2.30pm, meeting at our Eltham centre 

A group of older people laughing together while bowling

Saturday Programs

Saturday programs include the RALFF group (Recreation and Leisure for Fun) and Social Connections, running every 4 weeks. These groups provide the opportunity to socialise, form friendships and increase confidence and social skills. A range of activities are on offer with some based in our centre and some in the community.

Who: Different groups running for younger adults aged up to 35 years with an intellectual disability, and other groups for people aged over 35 years with intellectual disability.

When: Saturday generally from 1pm – 6pm, with the occasional early start. Each participant is offered one session per month.

Where: our Eltham Centre

A group of individuals with varying disabilities playing lawn bowls

Hurstbridge Social Bowls

This group is aimed at those with an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury. It's a chance to enjoy a social game of lawn bowls at the Hurstbridge Bowling Club, lunch, and cards each week, with an occasional outing.

Who: People aged 35 – 65 years with an acquired brain injury or intellectual disability

When: Mondays 10am – 2pm

A group of individuals with intellectual disability playing lawn bowls

Social Support Group

Social Support Groups provide a range of activities in a stimulating and supportive environment. The group enjoys each other’s company, encouraging social interactions. This group supports people with memory loss and offers respite for carers.

Who: Older people aged 65 years or over

When: Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 3pm (or a shorter day if requested) at our Eltham centre 

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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 at our Eltham centre 

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All Abilities Group

This group is a social group for adults involving a range of activities and occasional outings. It is aimed at those with a physical or intellectual disability.

Who: People aged up to 75 years

When: Tuesdays 10.00am to 2.00pm at our Eltham centre 

A lady in a wheel chair bowling a ball gleefully with her support worker standing behind her.

The Outing Group

This is a community based group that visits a variety of local venues. Members have the option to meet at healthAbility in Eltham for a quick cuppa before embarking on the predetermined outing or meeting at the designated venue.  This can include activities such as short drives to local venues, lunch, morning melodies and cinema movies throughout the month. Transport can be arranged.  Please pre-book as numbers are limited.

Who: Open to independent people aged over 65 years

When: Currently weekly options, alternating on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays 10am - 3pm

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The Welcome Café – Younger Onset Dementia

The Welcome 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 at our Box Hill centre
Ph 9430 9100

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healthAbility’s Men’s Shed

The 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

To read more about the healthAbility Men's Shed

Two senior men painting and sanding wooden furniture at our Men's Shed

Online Social Groups

These groups are held via Microsoft Teams and require an email address, internet access, tablet or computer with sound and camera capabilities.

No out of pocket fee at this stage (CHSP funded). Please contact our Social Support team at for more information.

Trivia and chat session
Grab a pen and paper and join us for a variety of trivia and fun games. There are a variety of questions, from general knowledge, picture quizzes and multiple choice.

Using Microsoft Teams, you will require an email address, internet access, tablet or computer with sound and camera. 

Older people aged 65 years or over
Thursdays 3.15pm – 4.15pm

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Memory Care Café

The Memory Care Café is a place where people with memory loss or impairment and their carers can come together for afternoon tea and connection in a welcoming place. 

This is an initiative from the members of the Positive Ageing Advisory Committee. 

Who: People with memory loss or impairment and their carers

Cost: Cost to attend is $5.00 per person (we will also access government funding) or bill “full cost” to Home Care Package for this program.

If you would like to know more about the Memory Care Café or register your interest, please call 9430 9125 or email

Sessions and Locations:


Where: Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge Victoria 3099

When: Mondays from 1.30pm-3.00pm


Where: St Margaret’s Anglican Church Hall,
78-81 Pitt St, Eltham

When: Fortnightly 1st and 3rd Tuesday of month
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Diamond Creek

Where : St John’s Anglican Church Hall
61 Main St, Diamond Creek

When: Fortnightly 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Memory care Cafe

Carers Support Group

The Carers Support Group meets in a friendly and relaxed environment for social interaction and conversation with other carers, to enable them to provide support to each other.

Who: Carers of older people
Last Friday of each month at our Eltham centre, 10.30am - 12pm

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Tuesday Treasures and Thursday Debonaires

To help support social connection for people living in Whitehorse, these outing groups often enjoy going out for morning coffee and then visiting different venues for lunch. The outings may include a morning melodies concert, visiting places of interest or a scenic drive. We may also host a session at healthAbility in Box Hill with lunch and activities. 

Who: Aimed at independent older people who are funded under Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Men's Carer Support Group

Are you a caring and supportive man who plays a significant role in the lives of your loved ones? Whether you're a father, husband, partner, son, or friend, caregiving is a vital part of your life. Join our Men's Carer Support Group – a safe and welcoming space located at the Manningham Men’s Shed.

The Men’s Carer Support Group provides an opportunity for men to get together and receive support through sharing experiences and information. Find out more

Sessions and Locations

Fridays. Drop in between 10am-2pm.
The Men’s Shed will be running concurrently.
Manningham Men’s Shed - 41 Wetherby Road, Doncaster East

Tea and Coffee Provided

Mens carer support


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Meet Maria Well

Maria’s Support Coordinator also organised for her to join our “Connect Well groups”, which include going on social outings.

Maria enjoys building new friendships as well as giving David some respite from being her carer.

Meet the other Well family members

Maria is part of the Well family, meet the other family members as they engage with a range of services to support them to live better lives. Meet the Well family.

Get in touch

Contact our team by sending us an online enquiry or email our Social Support team on