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Social Inclusion & Wellbeing Program

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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:

These programs are aimed to help you to stay active, healthy and connected to others in the community.

Programs at Kerrabee

Monday to Friday at Kerrabee, 3-5 Louisa Street Croydon.

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

You can refer yourself to My Aged Care or referrals 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. My Aged Care referrals are made on the My Aged Care website or by phoning 1800 200 422 and requesting support from Maroondah City Council Social Support Group.

Many of the programs offered are funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Program, which is for people who require some support to participate. Participants of these programs may require some basic support from staff or volunteers, such as prompting or supervision. Staff and volunteers are not able to provide physical assistance. People requiring more than basic support are encouraged to contact My Aged Care to discuss their needs and locate a suitable service.

Council’s Seniors Community Outings and Events and Shopping & Library programs require participants to be fully independent except for the transport support provided.

When possible, we may have limited places available for participants who bring their own funding through a Home Care Package. Our capacity to offer ongoing support to people with a Home Care Package is not guaranteed. Contact the Coordinator Social Inclusion and Wellbeing directly for enquiries. Telephone 9294 5531.

Virtual Engagement Recreation Activity (VERA)

Virtual Engagement Recreation Activity (VERA) is a new program offered through our Social Support Group team at Kerrabee.

VERA is series of interactive fun, social and wellbeing group programs conducted online via Microsoft Teams (similar to Zoom and Skype). The program has been designed to include everyone, from people who use a computer or tablet with confidence through to people who have absolutely no experience.   

Programs run through VERA have included:

  • exercise, meditation, mindfulness, health and wellbeing
  • craft (supplies provided)
  • guest speakers 
  • entertainers
  • word games, puzzles, bingo and brain teasers
  • cooking together on-line
  • tours of local places of interest (eg art exhibitions)
  • conversations and friendship
  • learning skills to open up a world of new possibilities

To find out more or to get involved with VERA, please phone our Kerrabee office on 9294 5531 to express your interest in the program and staff will guide you on how to get involved. 

Social groups

Run by skilled and experienced staff and supported by welcoming volunteers, our social groups provide activities in a relaxed environment. Social groups are based both at Kerrabee and in community venues. Participants suggest activities and a monthly program plan is developed together.

There is a wide range of varied activities, chosen by participants which can include but not limited to:

  • craft and creating
  • gardening
  • exercise and wellbeing
  • games and quizzes
  • discussions about topical issues
  • outings to various community venues of interest
  • armchair travel
  • guest speakers
  • entertainers
  • cultural events and celebrations
  • relaxing and engaging in the company of others
  • activities and exchanges with younger generations.

During the group activity we provide a nutritious and delicious meal through our Delivered Meals service, which are prepared freshly by Council’s Karralyka kitchen, or you can bring your own meal from home. 

Participants are encouraged to arrange their own transport to and from Kerrabee, however if required we can pick you up from home in the morning and return you home in the afternoon. Our buses are air-conditioned and have a hoist if you have difficulty using the steps. Generally, bus pickups are between 8.45am and 10am and drop you home between 2.30pm and 4pm. Programs run from approximately 10am until 2.30pm.

When outings take place during meal times, food and beverages can be purchased individually by participants as desired.

Programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as extreme weather events and run year-round except public holidays and 2-week closure over the Christmas to New Year period.

Gender diverse groups

There is a variety of gender diverse groups currently taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

We also have programs for people who are frail or have dementia who may require further support. These programs offer opportunities to meet new people, make friends, gain confidence and reconnect with the local community.

Men's Group

Our Men’s Group program meets every Monday and is run in the spirit of mateship.

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

For those who would like to work on a woodworking project of their choice we have a well-equipped shed. Alternatively, there are a wide range of things to do at Kerrabee - something for everyone! Kerrabee also offers a quiet, spacious setting and peaceful gardens, in a leafy residential area.

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

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

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group at Kerrabee meets on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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

Akuna - 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 on the third Wednesday of each month, from February to November with an end of year lunch in December. All group sessions run from 10.30am to 12noon.

Woodwork Group

The Woodwork Group is open to anyone 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, air-conditioned bus will pick you up from home to attend one of the programs.

Please note: you must be able to enter and exit a bus without assistance as it does not cater for wheelchair access. No personal support is provided in these programs. Council’s Shopping and Library bus programs require participants to be fully independent except for the transport support provided.

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

Due to COVID-19 the shopping bus and library bus programs have been changed. Essential individual support may be arranged. Please contact the Social Inclusion and Wellbeing Coordinator for further details 9294 5531

Shopping Program

Every fortnight you will be transported to Eastland to do your shopping or relax and enjoy a coffee by yourself or with friends! This program offers a door to door transport service only.

Because of limited room on the bus, a maximum of 4 shopping bags per person is allowed on the return trip and you must be able to carry your own shopping. Our volunteers are not permitted to lift more than 5kgs in weight.

Library Program

Every fortnight, you will have the opportunity to visit Croydon Library and enjoy the large collection of books, prints, biographies, newspapers, magazines, DVD’s & CD’s which are brought to the group in the Glen Frost Room where you can have a chat and some morning tea while choosing what you wish to take home. You can also use any of the general library facilities during your visit.

Seniors community outings and events

Our popular Seniors Community Outings and Events are subsidised by Council and available to Maroondah residents, 50 years of age or over, who would benefit from basic support and motivation to increase their social and community connection.  

Monthly outings are varied and include day trips to places such as the Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley. Our program of events offer a broad range of different activities to suit a variety of interests, energy levels and financial situations. We encourage you to be adventurous and come along and try new things, or perhaps revisit activities you previously enjoyed.

Places for all outings and events are limited and people must register to attend. Council’s Seniors Community Outings and Events require participants to be fully independent in meeting care and mobility needs, except for the transport support provided, however many events are adaptable to suit different capabilities.

From January 2020 a small registration fee is payable and registrations will be managed online. Information on all social support outings can be found within Council's seniors community outings & events listingwhere you can also book online. You will need a credit card and email address. If you are not able to book online, please call Council on 9294 5531 for assistance. 

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Contact us

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

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