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Social connection and positive ageing activities

The City of Whittlesea offers a range of social connection programs to promote healthy and positive ageing.

The City of Whittlesea offer an exciting range of programs to help keep you active, healthy, and independent for longer. 

Events and activities are designed for people aged 50 years and older living in the City of Whittlesea.

We have a range of different exercise programs run by professionally trained staff and volunteers.

We also have a range of active activities that all LEAP members and Social Support referred members can participate in.

 

LEAP is a Council program which provides enjoyable and affordable events and activities for people aged 50 years and older living in the City of Whittlesea. The program enables you to participate in physical and social activities to improve and maintain health, wellbeing, and social connectivity.

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

LEAP offers a variety of regular programs, some of these include:

  • Sports and recreation
  • Exercises classes
  • Health and wellbeing educational workshops
  • Opportunities to learn new skills.

Participation in all LEAP programs and activities requires enrolment as a LEAP Member. Becoming a member is easy, simply download the LEAP Membership form below and return the completed form via email to ageingwell@whittlesea.vic.gov.au. Alternatively, call the Ageing Well team on 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Membership is free, however there is a cost to participate and attend some of the programs.

In addition to this, LEAP members are eligible for a discounted membership to the Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre and the Mill Park Leisure Centre.

For residents over the age of 65 (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) who are eligible for services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). A My Aged Care Assessment and referral is required to participate in some programs.

Participants who are assessed as eligible for social support or centre based respite through My Aged Care and live in the Northern Metropolitan Region (City of Whittlesea, City of Yarra, City of Hume, City of Darebin,City of Banyule, City of Nillumbik) are eligible to attend the programs, however need to organise their own transport to the activity.

Are you a Home Care Package client?

If you are on a Home care package, you can attend the program if: 

  • you are assessed as suitable for the nominated program
  • there is capacity for the program to accept Home Care Package clients
  • you agree to pay the fee.

2024 Weekly Program

Social Exercise and Walking Football

This program is for people interested in gentle exercise, fun games, mini walking football matches and social competitions.
No Prior experience required.

Every Monday (during school terms)
10am to 12pm
The Y Leisure City, 41-53 Miller Street, Epping
Cost: CHSP $2, LEAP $4

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Please note you must be a LEAP member or receiving CHSP funding to attend.

 

Exercise for older adults

This program involves gentle exercise, strength training and balancing movements to music. 

Every Monday (during school terms)
9.30am to 10.15am
Nick Ascenzo Community Centre, 2 Boronia Street,
Thomastown.

Cost: CHSP $5, LEAP $7

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

 

Dementia Friendly group

The Dementia and Memory program assists those experiencing dementia, 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.

Every Monday (during school terms)
12pm to 4pm
Mernda Social Support Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.


Meals for Seniors Cooking for 2

Every Monday commencing 4 November 2024
10am to 1pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $15

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Social Golf

Weekly social golf, social competition, introductory lessons and clinics for beginners. No golf experience required. 

Every Tuesday (during school terms)
7am to 9.40am
Growling Frog Golf Course, 1910 Donnybrook Road, Yan Yean
Cost:
9 holes - CHSP $10, LEAP $19.50
18 holes - CHSP $15, LEAP $29.50

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Please note you must be a LEAP member or receiving CHSP funding to attend.

 

Exercise for older adults

This program involves gentle exercise, strength training and balancing movements to music. 

Every Tuesday (during school terms)
9.30am to 10.15am
Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Cost: CHSP $5, LEAP $7

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Seniors Exercise Park

This program involves gentle exercise, strength training and balancing movements to music. 

Every Tuesday
10am to 11am
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: Free

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Social Connections Music and Movement

This program is a way for you to connect with others over a range of activities including music, craft, gardening and much more.

Every Tuesdays
10am to 2pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Social Connections Program

This program is a way for you to connect with others over a range of activities including music, craft, gardening and much more.

Every Wednesday
10am to 2pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.


Social Indoor Carpet Bowls

Indoor carpet bowls is a variant of lawn bowls played indoors, no experience necessary and it's a great way to have fun, stay active and meet new people.

Every Wednesday starting 17 April
10am to 12pm
Thomastown Recreation Aquatic Centre, 52 Main Street, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $5, LEAP $7

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Social Golf

This program is for people interested in gentle exercise, fun games, mini walking football matches and social competitions.
No Prior experience required.

Every Thursday (during school terms)
7am to 9.40am
Growling Frog Golf Course, 1910 Donnybrook Road, Yan Yean
Cost:
9 holes - CHSP $10, LEAP $19.50
18 holes - CHSP $15, LEAP $29.50

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Please note you must be a LEAP member or receiving CHSP funding to attend.

Social Connections Art and Craft

This program is a way for you to connect with others over a range of activities including music, craft, gardening and much more.

Every Wednesday
10am to 2pm
Mernda Social Support Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Exercise for older adults

This program involves gentle exercise, strength training and balancing movements to music. 

Every Thursday
9.30am to 10.15am
Nick Ascenzo Community Centre, 2 Boronia Street,
Thomastown.

Cost: CHSP $5, LEAP $7

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

 

Dementia Friendly group

The Dementia and Memory program assists those experiencing dementia, 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.

Every Thursday 
10am to 2pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

Exercise for older adults

This program involves gentle exercise, strength training and balancing movements to music. 

Every Friday
9.30am to 10.15am
Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57-61 Laurel Street, Whittlesea

Cost: CHSP $5, LEAP $7

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Social 10-pin bowling

Test your tenpin bowling skills and meet new friends at Social Seniors Tenpin Bowling.
All experience levels are welcome.

Every Friday starting 9 February.
10am to 12pm
Oz Tenpin Epping, 41-53 Miller Street, Epping
Cost: 
1 game - CHSP $5, LEAP $10
2 games - CHSP $8, LEAP $16

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

 

Social Connections Italian Specific

This program is a way for you to connect with others over a range of activities including music, craft, gardening and much more.

Every Friday
10am to 2pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Cost: CHSP $18

Please note you must be receiving CHSP funding to attend.

To book, call 9217 2170 and press option 4.

2024 Monthly Program

Morning Melodies with Laura Kate

Join us for a fun filled morning of music entertainment with singer and violinist Laura Kate. Kate has experience playing in various musical projects including a Celtic Band and a Pop/Country Duo (The Gala Duo).

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Tuesday 27 February
Where: Kirrip Community Centre, 135 De Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Coffee and chat information session

Join us for a coffee and chat about our LEAP and Social support programs. This information session is for anyone over 50 years old and living in the City of Whittlesea.

When: Monday 18 March
Where: Barry Road Community Activity Centre, 36 Barry Road, Thomastown
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Cost: Free

 

Morning Melodies with Bollywood dance performance

Join us for a Bollywood dance with Bindas Bollywood Dance Company. Get ready to explore the art of Indian dance with modern & semi-classical fusions.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Tuesday 26 February
Where: Kirrip Community Centre, 135 De Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Morning Melodies with Maria Pellicano

Enjoy a fun filled morning with wonderful music and dance with singer and guitarist, Maria Pellicano.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Thursday 11 April
Where: Mernda Social Support Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

 

Know your city bus tour

Our bus tours are designed to provide people aged over 50 with an opportunity to explore the offerings available within the City of Whittlesea.

During the tour, you will be shown where to find programs, activities and a range services. Whether you are a lifelong resident of the City of Whittlesea or have just moved to the area, our tour offers you a chance to visit and see many different services you can access.

When: Friday 19 April
Cost: Free

To book call 9217 2170 and press option 4

 

Morning Melodies with Victoria Mantynen, a tribute to Vera Lynn


Join us for the amazing Sincerely Yours show, a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn by the amazing Victoria Mantynen.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Tuesday 30 April
Kirrup Community Centre, 135 de Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Senior’s liaison meeting

Meeting for all Senior Citizen clubs registered with the City of Whittlesea only.

When: Wednesday 22 May
Where: City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Time: 10am to 12pm

Morning Melodies with Punjabi music and dance

Enjoy a fun filled morning with Punjabi music and dance.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Tuesday 28 May
Kirrup Community Centre, 135 de Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

Ageing Well Expo

Discover the latest information, services and expert advice in staying safe and ageing well.

Whether you are planning for your own future or caring for a family member, the Ageing Well Expo is the ultimate resource hub. The expo brings together a diverse range of products, services, information and educational resources available to support you to remain independent and continue living at home safely. Everyone is welcome.

When: Tuesday 18 June
Where: Plenty ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: Free

 

Coffee and chat information session

Join us for a coffee and chat about our LEAP and Social support programs. This information session is for anyone over 50 years old and living in the City of Whittlesea.

When: Monday 17 June 
Where: Mernda Social Support Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Cost: Free

 

Morning Melodies with John Bevilacqua

Catch up with friends, and connect with others is this fun filled morning of music, singalong, and dance with singer and guitarist John Bevilacqua from Los Amigos Dance Band.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Thursday 13 June
Where: Mernda Social Support Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

 

Morning Melodies with Polynesian dance performance

Join us for the exciting Polynesian dance performance by Sounds of Polynesia.

Morning melodies is a fantastic way to share some of your favourite songs with others and to stay connected to those around you in your community.

When: Tuesday 25 June
Kirrup Community Centre, 135 de Rossi Boulevard, Wollert
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: CHSP $6 LEAP $12

Book online or call 9217 2170 and press option 4

If you are interested in becoming a LEAP Member, please complete and submit the below form to the City of Whittlesea’s Positive Ageing Team.

Residents aged over the age of 65 (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) are eligible for services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, a My Aged Care Assessment and referral is required to participate in some programs.  

You can also find other Community-based activities for seniors via Seniors LinkUp.

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