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My Social Life

Our community centres provide a break for the carer and the person you support.
My Social Life

Our community centres provide a break for the carer and the person they support.

As a carer, the opportunity to take a break and hand over some responsibility is important for everyone’s wellbeing. Meeting new people and experiencing a change of scenery is also vital for the person you support. That’s where our community centres can help. They’re a great way to get a little extra support.

So how does it work? We have five centres in Victoria, offering a range of activities and support. We know it’s important for you to access respite easily and it needs to be flexible – one size doesn’t fit all. Some people even like to have an overnight stay.

If you’re non-English speaking, there are great activities available through our Multicultural Wellness Centre.

You can call our community centres directly to ask how they’ll work for you.

Shanagolden Community Centre, Pakenham*

The Shanagolden Community Centre operates during the day from VMCH’s Shanagolden retirement village and aged care residence in Pakenham.

The first step is getting to know how you like to spend your time. We focus on interesting, enjoyable and stimulating activities. These may include indoor bowls, bingo, tai chi and monthly bus outings to local attractions.

You have the choice of individual and small social group outings.

To be eligible, the carer should live or care for someone in Melbourne’s southern metropolitan region who is frail, aged over 65 years, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander aged over 50 years, or is living with dementia.

153-177 Webster Way
Pakenham, 3810
T: (03) 5945 3838

White Road Community Centre, Wantirna**

White Road Community Centre offers a range of activities tailored to adults over the age of 65 in the eastern metropolitan region living with dementia, or who are older and frail.

You can expect to enjoy community connections, socialising and regaining the independence so important to you.

Here are just some of the things you can take part in: concerts, sporting events, exhibitions and festivals, visits to restaurants and cafes, parks and playgrounds, community and leisure centres, libraries and tourist attractions.

We’re very conscious of making sure the activities are centred around what you like to do and are planned with you every step of the way.

Operating Monday to Friday, the community centre is in a pleasant garden setting in Wantirna.

13 White Road
Wantirna South, 3152
T: 1300 971 720

Multicultural Wellness Centre, Wantirna**

Our popular Multicultural Wellness Centre is one of the first in Victoria. It’s a place for people over 65 years from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to come together.

If you speak a language other than English, and celebrate a different culture, we’ve developed some social activities just for you, like:

  • Community outings
  • Information sessions from our Allied Health team
  • Podiatry and physiotherapy services
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Tai Chi
  • Computer and iPad classes
  • Information sessions and social activities for carers

How much will it cost? A daily attendance fee applies which covers meals and activities. We do take into consideration those experiencing financial difficulty, so feel free to contact us to have a chat.

355 Stud Rd
Third Floor, Building C
Wantirna South, 3152
T: 1300 971 720

We also have homes that offer overnight respite and day activities in Lysterfield and Kialla Lakes.

Learn more

*Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit Department of Social Services for more information.

** This service is supported by the Victorian Government.

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