Support for carers
Events

Our carer events let you focus on your wellbeing.

In-Person and Online Carers Events

It’s amazing the difference a day out can make! Our carer events let you focus on your wellbeing and escape from your day-to-day routine.

We offer a variety of in-person and online events. Choose to learn new skills, get the kids involved or simply focus on your mind, body and spirit.

You’ll see some online activities require equipment. But don’t worry, we have you covered. We will deliver any goodies required to complete the activity straight to your front door.

Please note: you’ll need to have a computer or smart device with internet access to join our online classes.

Regional Event

Fri 19 July, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Dindi Naturals Talk and Lunch: Yarck

This luxurious skincare range is carefully blended in a solar-powered boutique factory located amidst the pristine, mountainous region of Murrindindi Shire.

Regional Event

Fri 19 July, 11:00am - 1:30pm

Resin Earring Making Workshop: Ballarat

Learn the art of resin earring making. Create something for yourself or a gift for someone special.

Regional Event

Sat 20 July, 11:30am - 12:45pm

Sound Healing: Point Lonsdale

Join us for the perfect nurturing ritual at Lotus Yoga Studio. As you are welcomed into a beautifully open and loving space, you are invited to look inward on a journey through the body and mind. The session begins with a guided meditation, then transitions into a magical sound bath.

Regional Event

Mon 22 July, 9:00am - 1:30pm

Pamper Session: Ararat

Enjoy some ‘me’ time with a 45-minute relaxation massage. Meredith from Basic Kneads Massage Therapy, Ararat will tend to your tired muscles leaving you refreshed and relaxed.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 22 July, 10:00am - 11:30am

Western Metro Support Group

Join us to relax and chat among friends at this monthly morning tea for carers. All carers are welcome to express interest. Priority will be given to carers residing in the Western and Northern Metro areas.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 22 July, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Ararat Carers Support Group

Join other carers for a monthly meet-up group in the VMCH Ararat office activity room (or other organised location). The meet-ups provide the opportunity for carers to take time for themselves and socialise with other carers in a relaxed environment. Afternoon tea and refreshments provided.

Metro Event

Tue 23 July, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Make a Soft Cover Junk Journal

Using hand dyed pages, distressed inks, and vintage elements like stitching, lace, and buttons, we will create our own unique soft cover junk journals with Cherie Ward.

Online Event

Tue 23 July, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Online Event

Wed 24 July, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Club Online

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat on Zoom.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 25 July, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Metro Event

Thu 25 July, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Christmas in July at SkyHigh

If you love the festive season and don’t want to wait until December then join us for Christmas in July and indulge in the traditional Christmas lunch and everything that makes the season delicious!

Regional Event

Thu 25 July, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Christmas in July: Bendigo

Join other carers for a hearty Christmas in July lunch at the Boundary Hotel, Bendigo. Main meal, dessert and non-alcoholic drink provided.

Metro Event

Thu 25 July, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Early Childhood Intervention Information Session

Come along to an information session where you will meet our Early Learning and
Therapy Team and learn how to optimise your child’s development. Light refreshments will be served.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Fri 26 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Murrundindi Carers Coffee Group

Offering carers a chance to attend a morning tea and connect with others in a similar caring role and to learn more about local services and supports available to you.

Online Event

Fri 26 July, 10:00am - 11:00am

Declutter Your Life Workshop

This two-part online workshop is tailored to empower carers through organisation. The workshops aim to address managing responsibilities more effectively with the belief that effective organisation significantly alleviates stress and enhances self-care.

Metro Event

Fri 26 July, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Book Club at Miller’s Homestead

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat over a cuppa.
Carers can procure their books from their local libraries or bookstores.

Metro Event

Fri 26 July, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Book Club at Miller’s Homestead

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat over a cuppa.
Carers can procure their books from their local libraries or bookstores.

Online Event

Tue 30 July, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Wed 31 July, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Women’s Mosaic Group (Waitlist)

Join this women’s group facilitated by peer leader Pam, to learn new or brush up on creative skills and make new friends.

Regional Event

Wed 31 July, 10:45am - 12:45pm

Yoga and Meditation: Point Lonsdale

Enjoy the company of other carers, in fortnightly sessions of yoga and/or meditation. These sessions run one after the other, and you are more than welcome to attend either or both. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and cake beforehand at the Piknik Café.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 1 August, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 1 August, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Bunnings Craft Workshops

Spend quality leisure time together and meet others in similar caring roles in this monthly craft workshop. This workshop is for carers of someone with dementia or aged care needs, and the person they care for.

Regional Event

Thu 1 August, 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Lunch at Flying Brick Cider House: Wallington

Sometimes it can feel like you’re on your own in your caring role. Come and meet other carers in your area, and make new connections over a relaxed lunch at Flying Brick Cider House, Wallington.

Metro Event

Fri 2 August, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Lunch at DiVino

Join us for a two-course meal at DiVino, a contemporary farm-to-table Italian restaurant in the Yarra Valley Ranges.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Sat 3 August, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Partners Support Group

A monthly peer support group for people who care for a partner with mental health issues. The group offers time out for carers to relax in a safe and friendly environment, information sharing and social connection along with occasional day trips/lunch outings.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 5 August, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Bacchus Marsh Parents Carers Support Group

Join us for a monthly morning tea to meet and relax with other parents who are also carers. Take time for yourself and enjoy occasional guest speakers and catered morning tea.

Metro Event

Mon 5 August, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch at Acrobar

Join us for a two-course lunch at Arcobar.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 5 August, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mental Health Carers Support Group (Outer East)

This Mental Health Carer Support Group is facilitated by Kathy Collet who has lived experience as a carer and has also worked as a carer consultant in Eastern Health’s Mental Health program. With her understanding of both clinical and community services, Kathy provides knowledge, resources and support for carers and families.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Tue 6 August, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Mental Health Carers Support Group (Inner East)

Join this monthly peer-led support group for carers of a loved one with mental illness. Have a coffee and chat, meet service providers and make new friends.

Online Event

Tue 6 August, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 8 August, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Online Event

Fri 9 August, 10:00am - 11:00am

Declutter Your Life Workshop

This two-part online workshop is tailored to empower carers through organisation. The workshops aim to address managing responsibilities more effectively with the belief that effective organisation significantly alleviates stress and enhances self-care.

Metro Event

Fri 9 August, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch at Plenty Views

Plenty Views is right beside the Golf Driving Range and as the name suggests – there is plenty to view. Just off Yan Yean Road in Plenty, you will think you have escaped the city for the day. We will enjoy a set menu of pizza.

Metro Event

Mon 12 August, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Terrarium Workshop

Learn the basics of terrarium building at this hands-on workshop. You will go home with your own terrarium and be inspired to build more.

Regional Event

Tue 13 August, 12:00am - 12:00am

Monthly Lunch and Meet-up: Warrnambool

Come and meet other carers in your area, and make new connections over a relaxed lunch at a venue to be decided closer to the date.

Online Event

Tue 13 August, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Muse Meetings

In these three Muse Meetings, Jess will share some creative inspiration, followed by a short journaling exercise to spark your own creativity.

Online Event

Tue 13 August, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Regional Event

Wed 14 August, 10:45am - 12:45pm

Yoga and Meditation: Point Lonsdale

Enjoy the company of other carers, in fortnightly sessions of yoga and/or meditation. These sessions run one after the other, and you are more than welcome to attend either or both. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and cake beforehand at the Piknik Café.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 15 August, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Metro Event

Fri 16 August, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Mystery Movie at Fountain Gate

Join us for a mystery movie at Fountain Gate in Narre Warren!

Regional Event

Sat 17 August, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Lunch at Lakeview Hotel: Bendigo

Join other carers for a delicious lunch catch-up at Lake View Hotel, Bendigo. Main meal, dessert and non-alcoholic drink provided.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Tue 20 August, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Dementia Carers Support Group

Join this monthly support group for carers of a loved one with dementia. Have a coffee and chat, share information, meet service providers, and guest speakers, and make new friends.

Online Event

Tue 20 August, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Muse Meetings

In these three Muse Meetings, Jess will share some creative inspiration, followed by a short journaling exercise to spark your own creativity.

Metro Event

Wed 21 August, 10:00am - 12:30pm

En Pointe presented by the Australian Ballet School

The Australian Ballet School presents this mixed program of works celebrating the art of ballet, from uplifting contemporary to the beautifully traditional. Be thrilled by a wonderful repertoire masterfully performed with energy, dedication, and refined skills by the Australian Ballet School’s full-time students.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 22 August, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Metro Event

Thu 22 August, 10:00am - 11:30am

Morning Tea at Fairfield Boathouse

Join us for an escape with morning tea at the charming Fairfield Park Boathouse along the picturesque Yarra River for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Regional Event

Thu 22 August, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

August Movie Club: Bendigo

Join other carers for an evening movie in Eaglehawk. Sit back and relax in the comfortable couches at the historical Star Cinema.

Metro Event

Fri 23 August, 10:00am - 1:30pm

Daytime Theatre and Lunch – Top of the World Hits of the 70’s

What a decade it was! The Carpenters had only just begun, ABBA was sending out an SOS, Helen Reddy was woman and we heard her roar! Celebrate the sweeter side of 70’s pop by spending a fun filled hour with Melissa Langton and Mark Jones – The Captain and Tennille of Australian Cabaret. A two-course lunch follows.

Regional Event

Fri 23 August, 10:30am - 2:00pm

Middle Eastern Cooking Class: Bendigo

Cooking can be fun, especially when you get to taste it! Join other carers for a Middle Eastern cooking class with experienced teacher Natalie. We learn how to make Middle Eastern dip and dessert which we can enjoy on the day.

Regional Event

Mon 26 August, 12:00am - 12:00am

Monthly Mystery Movies: Geelong

Come and relax at the movies with other carers, at a movie to be confirmed closer to the date. We’ll be heading to Coffee Club afterwards to chat about the movie, over some coffee and cake (we aim for a morning movie, wherever possible).

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 26 August, 10:00am - 11:30am

Western Metro Support Group

Join us to relax and chat among friends at this monthly morning tea for carers. All carers are welcome to express interest. Priority will be given to carers residing in the Western and Northern Metro areas.

Online Event

Tue 27 August, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Muse Meetings

In these three Muse Meetings, Jess will share some creative inspiration, followed by a short journaling exercise to spark your own creativity.

Online Event

Tue 27 August, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Wed 28 August, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Women’s Mosaic Group (Waitlist)

Join this women’s group facilitated by peer leader Pam, to learn new or brush up on creative skills and make new friends.

Regional Event

Wed 28 August, 10:45am - 12:45pm

Yoga and Meditation: Point Lonsdale

Enjoy the company of other carers, in fortnightly sessions of yoga and/or meditation. These sessions run one after the other, and you are more than welcome to attend either or both. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and cake beforehand at the Piknik Café.

Online Event

Wed 28 August, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Club Online

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat on Zoom.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 29 August, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Regional Event

Thu 29 August, 10:00am - 3:45pm

Pamper Session: Ballarat

It’s time for some well-deserved pampering. Luxuriate in a decadent 60-minute massage designed to relax your mind and body, ease nervous tension and stimulate blood flow. This full body massage combines gentle rhythmic motions with an aromatic warmed oil to encourage a heightened state of relaxation.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Fri 30 August, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Murrundindi Carers Coffee Group

Offering carers a chance to attend a morning tea and connect with others in a similar caring role and to learn more about local services and supports available to you.

Metro Event

Fri 30 August, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Book Club at Miller’s Homestead

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat over a cuppa.
Carers can procure their books from their local libraries or bookstores.

Online Event

Mon 2 September, 10:00am - 11:00am

Dementia Tools and Information Session

September is Dementia Awareness Month. Join Elizabeth Baxter, our Dementia Services Specialist for an online session to learn about changes you can expect, how to plan ahead and what you can do to support the person you care for to stay safe, connected, healthy and active with dementia.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 2 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Bacchus Marsh Parents Carers Support Group

Join us for a monthly morning tea to meet and relax with other parents who are also carers. Take time for yourself and enjoy occasional guest speakers and catered morning tea.

Metro Event

Mon 2 September, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Dinner at Amor

Wholesome Mexican food to feed your mind, body and soul. For the devoted Mexican food lover, the extensive menu is not only traditional but colourful.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 2 September, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mental Health Carers Support Group (Outer East)

This Mental Health Carer Support Group is facilitated by Kathy Collet who has lived experience as a carer and has also worked as a carer consultant in Eastern Health’s Mental Health program. With her understanding of both clinical and community services, Kathy provides knowledge, resources and support for carers and families.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Tue 3 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Mental Health Carers Support Group (Inner East)

Join this monthly peer-led support group for carers of a loved one with mental illness. Have a coffee and chat, meet service providers and make new friends.

Online Event

Tue 3 September, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Metro Event

Wed 4 September, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Pamper Session

Experience a spring treat like no other, with a relaxing massage or soothing facial at the Lancemore Spa.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 5 September, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 5 September, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Bunnings Craft Workshops

Spend quality leisure time together and meet others in similar caring roles in this monthly craft workshop. This workshop is for carers of someone with dementia or aged care needs, and the person they care for.

Regional Event

Fri 6 September, 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Lunch at Pistol Pete’s: Geelong

Sometimes it can feel like you’re on your own in your caring role. Come and meet other carers in your area, and make new connections over a relaxed lunch at Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues Restaurant, Geelong.

Metro Event

Fri 6 September, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cloudehill Gardens Cafe and Stroll

Come for a hot drink and a gentle stroll through the beautiful Cloudehill Gardens.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Sat 7 September, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Partners Support Group

A monthly peer support group for people who care for a partner with mental health issues. The group offers time out for carers to relax in a safe and friendly environment, information sharing and social connection along with occasional day trips/lunch outings.

Online Event

Tue 10 September, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Metro Event

Wed 11 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Make your own Clay Talisman

Using air dry clay and different tools, we will create our own personal Talismans.

Regional Event

Wed 11 September, 10:45am - 12:45pm

Yoga and Meditation: Point Lonsdale

Enjoy the company of other carers, in fortnightly sessions of yoga and/or meditation. These sessions run one after the other, and you are more than welcome to attend either or both. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and cake beforehand at the Piknik Café.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 12 September, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Regional Event

Thu 12 September, 11:30am - 3:00pm

September Movie Club and Coffee: Bendigo

Join other carers for a coffee catch-up at the Eaglehawk Bakery, then walk down to the nearby Star Cinema for an afternoon movie. Sit back and relax in the comfortable couches at the historical Star Cinema. Bakery tea/coffee and cinema admission included.

Metro Event

Fri 13 September, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch at Farm Vigano

Enjoy an Italian meal as you wander around the vegetable and herb gardens, you can feel the strong connection taking you back to Melbourne’s original Italian Restaurants.

Regional Event

Mon 16 September, 12:00am - 12:00am

Monthly Mystery Movies: Geelong

Come and relax at the movies with other carers, at a movie to be confirmed closer to the date. We’ll be heading to Coffee Club afterwards to chat about the movie, over some coffee and cake (we aim for a morning movie, wherever possible).

Carer & Support Groups Event

Tue 17 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Dementia Carers Support Group

Join this monthly support group for carers of a loved one with dementia. Have a coffee and chat, share information, meet service providers, and guest speakers, and make new friends.

Online Event

Tue 17 September, 7:10pm - 8:00pm

Weekly Evening Relaxation

Make time for you once a week to wind down and relax with meditation facilitator Barbara.

Regional Event

Wed 18 September, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dinner at Okami: Bendigo

Socialise with other carers over a delicious Japanese All You Can Eat feast at Okami Bendigo. There is a wide range of mouth-watering dishes to choose from, each crafted fresh with every order. Meal and dessert provided. Drinks other than water are not provided and can be purchased at the bar.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Thu 19 September, 9:45am - 11:15am

Aqua Hub Carers Exercise Group (Waitlist)

Join this diverse group peer-led by Paul and facilitated by a qualified fitness trainer, to get your body moving and de-stress your mind. Carers are invited to stay for coffee and a chat after the exercise session.

Regional Event

Thu 19 September, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Paint and Sip: Bendigo

Once you arrive at Paint and Sip the tunes will be flowing with an artist helping you set up, and turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece! You’ll then be guided through the artwork step-by-step, singing, laughing, and enjoying the atmosphere with other carers. Lunch and non-alcoholic refreshments provided.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 23 September, 10:00am - 11:30am

Western Metro Support Group

Join us to relax and chat among friends at this monthly morning tea for carers. All carers are welcome to express interest. Priority will be given to carers residing in the Western and Northern Metro areas.

Regional Event

Tue 24 September, 12:00am - 12:00am

Monthly Lunch and Meet-up: Warrnambool

Come and meet other carers in your area, and make new connections over a relaxed lunch at a venue to be decided closer to the date.

Regional Event

Tue 24 September, 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Family Friendly Animal Encounter: Bendigo

Join us for this fun family friendly school holidays event. An educational and entertaining interactive bird and mammal encounter with experienced presenters that can answer all your animal questions. Pat the animals if you choose and take photos. Carers can bring up to two adults or children. There will be a wide variety of interesting animals to interact with.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Wed 25 September, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Women’s Mosaic Group (Waitlist)

Join this women’s group facilitated by peer leader Pam, to learn new or brush up on creative skills and make new friends.

Regional Event

Wed 25 September, 10:45am - 12:45pm

Yoga and Meditation: Point Lonsdale

Enjoy the company of other carers, in fortnightly sessions of yoga and/or meditation. These sessions run one after the other, and you are more than welcome to attend either or both. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and cake beforehand at the Piknik Café.

Online Event

Wed 25 September, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Club Online

Each month we will read a book, then get together for a casual chat on Zoom.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Fri 27 September, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Murrundindi Carers Coffee Group

Offering carers a chance to attend a morning tea and connect with others in a similar caring role and to learn more about local services and supports available to you.

Carer & Support Groups Event

Mon 7 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Bacchus Marsh Parents Carers Support Group

Join us for a monthly morning tea to meet and relax with other parents who are also carers. Take time for yourself and enjoy occasional guest speakers and catered morning tea.

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