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Social Inclusion & Wellbeing Program

Women enjoying social support activities

Our Social Inclusion and Wellbeing program ensures residents that are frail/aged, have a disability, or are socially isolated receive support to remain independent and continue to participate in their community. 

We offer a variety of services:

Programs at the Kerrabee Centre

Monday to Friday at the Kerrabee Centre, 3-5 Louisa St Croydon.

Programs are based on assessed need and to take part you need a referral from the Commonwealth Government’s ‘My Aged Care’.

Referrals to ‘My Aged Care’ can be made on your behalf by:

  • family member
  • your doctor
  • an advocate
  • ·other health care professional.

My Aged Care will require your direct consent to accept information from your representative.

You can also refer yourself by going to the My Aged Care website at or by calling them on 1800 200 422 and nominating the Maroondah City Council Social Support Group.

Social group

Run by skilled and experienced staff, the program provides activities in a relaxed environment. Participants can suggest activities and a monthly program plan is developed with the assistance of the staff.

There is a wide range of varied activities, which can include:

  • craft
  • book clubs
  • exercise and wellbeing
  • gardening
  • games and quizzes
  • outings
  • guest speakers
  • entertainers
  • workshops.

We provide a nutritious meal through our Meals on Wheels service or you can bring your own meal from home.

To get to the group we will pick you up from home in the morning (our bus has a hoist if you can’t use the steps) and return you home in the afternoon.  

Men's Group

Our Men’s Group (formerly known as 'Men's Shed') program meets every Monday from 10am to 2.30pm and includes a range of activities, such as outings, games, craft, guest speakers, and entertainers.

The program is for is for men aged 65 and over who are living independently at home who want more social connection.

The men are welcome to work on a woodworking project of their choice in their own time, and decide on outings and activities – all in the spirit of mateship. Kerrabee also offers a quiet, spacious setting and peaceful gardens, which the men also help to maintain.

The program is run by Maroondah City Council staff and volunteers who are warm and friendly, and encourage and support participants to meet and socialise with others.

Members can organise to be picked up and dropped off in one of Kerrabee’s air-conditioned buses, or they can organise their own transport.

Cost is $7.60 per visit, or $15.90 which includes a Meals on Wheels three-course lunch.

It’s a great way to make new friends and enjoy a chat!  

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group at Kerrabee meets once a week and offers a range of activities such as craft, guest speakers, outings, and games.

This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends, and enjoy a laugh and a chat!

Mixed women and men’s groups

There is a variety of mixed men and women’s groups three days a week. The program includes outings, games, and craft.

We also have programs for people who are frail, or have dementia. They offer opportunities to meet new people, make friends and reconnect with the local community.

Dementia carers’ support group

The Dementia carers’ group offers those who are caring for a loved one with a diagnosis of dementia the opportunity to have a chat over morning tea, listen to guest speakers or attend an outing.

The group meets the third Wednesday of each month, from February to December from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Woodwork Group

This group is open to all with an interest in woodwork – whether you are experienced or a beginner!

With the help of a great team of volunteers, you can tap into your creative side and learn new skills to build items such as planters, bird feeders, or possum boxes. Or you can bring in an item from home to work on.

The Woodwork Group meets every Monday except public holidays.

Shopping and Library Program

Every fortnight our 12-seater bus will pick you up from home to attend the programs.

You must be able to enter and exit a 12-seat bus without assistance as there is no wheelchair access or personal support available.

The days and times of the activities vary depending on your home location, and you will be advised of the schedule when you book.

Shopping Program

Every fortnight you will be taken to Eastland to do your shopping, or relax and enjoy a coffee with friends!

A maximum of four shopping bags per person is allowed on the return trip and you must be able to carry your own shopping.

Library Program

Every fortnight, you will have the opportunity to visit Croydon Library and enjoy the large collections of books, large print, biographies, newspapers, magazines, and internet access. We meet afterwards in the Glen Frost Room for a chat and some morning tea.

Monthly Day Trips

These very popular outings are available to residents over 50 years of age who are socially isolated or who may be at risk of social isolation. Numbers are limited to 28 per outing.

Some of the day trips included are visits to the Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, and the Yarra Valley.

It is a great way to experience new places and make new friends!

Please note that you must be independently mobile and able to enter and exit the bus without assistance.

There is no personal care offered on this program.

A ballot system applies to booking these outings.

More information can be found on our Monthly Outings page or you can call the Social Inclusion and Wellbeing team on 9294 5531.

Supported Residential Services Program

Our Supported Residential Service (SRS) program provides information and support to people living in private pension-only supported residential services accommodation in Maroondah.

The program assists residents who are socially isolated or at risk of social isolation; who need help to access the local community – particularly people who are frail; have a disability; or have mental health issues.

A variety of short term programs such as exercise, swimming, music, photography and art are provided to eligible SRS residents, both in the SRS and community settings.

Contact us

If you have any questions about these activities and groups, please call the Social Inclusion and Wellbeing team on 9294 5531 or visit us at 3-5 Louisa Street, Croydon.

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