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Positive Ageing Programs to boost wellbeing and social connections

Positive Ageing Programs to boost wellbeing and social connections

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

LEAP into 2024 with the City of Whittlesea’s exciting line-up of weekly and monthly programs for residents aged 50 and older.

The low-cost or free weekly and monthly programs and activities help older residents stay active, healthy, engaged in the community and independent for longer.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the invitation was open to everyone aged over 50 to explore and participate in the program.

“Tailored to elevate the health, independence and social connectivity of older residents, the 2024 program of activities caters to a range of interests and activity levels.  

“It's a wonderful way to meet new people, build new friendships, stay active and learn new skills.” 

Some of the programs on offer include: 

  • Gentle exercise, strength training, and balancing movements to music: Led by professionally trained staff and volunteers, these programs are designed to enhance physical health in a gentle way.
  • Dementia friendly groups: A supportive space allowing seniors experiencing dementia or early signs of dementia and memory loss a chance to connect socially and to stay active and engaged in the community. It also provides respite for carers. 
  • Indoor carpet bowls: A variant of lawn bowls played indoors where no prior experience is necessary, making it a delightful way to have fun, stay active, and meet new people. 
  • Social connection programs: Promoting a positive and fulfilling lifestyle, these programs include music sessions, craft workshops, gardening and more.
  • Morning melodies: An opportunity for individuals to share their favourite songs and stay connected to the community. Featuring performances by singers, musicians, bands, and cultural entertainment. 

Programs are part of the Let Everyone Actively Participate (LEAP) initiative, a City of Whittlesea program dedicated to enhancing the lives of residents aged 50 and older. Additionally, they form an integral component of the Social Connection and Centre Based Respite program for residents aged over 65 (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) who qualify for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). 

LEAP membership is free and members are eligible for a discounted membership to Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre and Mill Park Leisure Centre. 

To become a LEAP member and to access these programs contact the Ageing Well team at or 9217 2170 and selection option 4. 

For more information and to view the full program visit