Social support and recreation

The City of Port Phillip’s priority during the COVID-19 outbreak is to keep all members of our community safe.

Following advice from the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, as of Monday 23 March all guided heritage walks and Social Support Programs are suspended until further notice, including Linking Neighbours and those based at the Cora Graves Centre.

This includes the upcoming trips to Melbourne Tramboat's Fish N Chips at Williamstown and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

To maintain being connected with each other and gauge everyone’s wellbeing, Social Inclusion staff will be calling you each day that you would normally be attending programs, to check in and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on.

Please visit COVID-19 Council events, services and facilities updates for more information, or contact Social Inclusion if you require any further assstance on 03 9209 6738 or email DiversityAgeing@portphillip.vic.gov.au

 

Port Phillip’s Social Support Program provides older residents, those experiencing dementia or who are socially isolated and people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in recreation and cultural activities. Programs offer people a social and active experience in a relaxed and fun environment.

Social support groups consist of:

  • Social groups for older people
  • Arts, exercise and outdoor activities
  • Social programs for those living in supported residential services
  • Carer support groups and activities

Social Support Programs are run out of the Cora Graves Community Centre, which is located north of, and opposite to the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens, close to Barkly and Acland Street shops and transport.

The centre is accessible to people with disabilities. Disabled parking is available within walking distance of the Centre.

Referrals may be made to the Social Support team leader or program development officer:

Online: Online Services
Phone:(03) 9209 6777 via ASSIST

Getting to Cora Graves Community Centre

Address: 38 Blessington Street, St Kilda 3182
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Phone:(03) 9209 6738
Fax:(03) 9525 4763
Melways Reference: 58/B11

Public transport to Cora Graves Community Centre

  • St Kilda Beach tram 16 and 96, alight at the terminus stop in Acland Street
  • Carnegie tram 67, stop 32
  • East Malvern tram 3, stop 32
  • the Free Community Bus stops four times a day in front of the Cora Graves Centre.

Social Support Brochure

Browse the current programs by downloading the Social Support Brochure:

Monday

Centre Based Meals

Location: Cora Graves Centre 38-40 Blessington St, St. Kilda
Time: 12 midday to 1.30 pm
Target: Older People 55+
Fee: 2 courses - $5.60, 3 courses - $7.20
Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
No transport provided

Early Birds

Weekly program that provides local residents with the opportunity to meet others for morning tea and then enjoy lunch out in neighbouring communities

Location: Cora Graves and out in the community
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Target: Frail Elderly 65+
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Frequency: Weekly
Transport provided

Sounds of Culture

Weekly discussion group for local residents interested in literature, music and current affairs.

Location: Cora Graves Centre
Time: 12.30 to 2.30 pm
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $5.80 (afternoon tea included)
Frequency: Weekly
Transport can be provided

Tuesday

Activity Group

Weekly program that provides local residents with dementia the opportunity to participate in a range of stimulating activities.

Location: Cora Graves
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (Includes transport)
Target: Older people living with dementia
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Frequency: Weekly
Transport provided

Water Leisure

Weekly program that provides local residents with mobility issues the opportunity to do gentle aquatic exercises

Location: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Wellness Centre Hydro Pool
Time: 10 am to 12.30 pm (includes transport)
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $10.20
Frequency: Weekly
Transport provided

Live Well

A 13 week wellness program promoting physical activity and nutrition to multi-cultural seniors who want to follow a healthy approach to ageing.

Location: Cora Graves and out in the Community
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Target: Older people 65+ from multi-cultural backgrounds
Fee: $15.40 (Light lunch included)
Frequency: Weekly for 13 weeks
Transport provided

Wednesday (weekly)

Mid Weekers

Weekly program that provides local residents an opportunity to meet others whilst doing a variety of activities including lunch outings, bus trips and community events.

Location: Cora Graves and out in the Community
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Frequency: Weekly
Transport provided

Wednesday Workout

Weekly program that provides local resident the opportunity to do gentle exercise for building strength balance and flexibility.

Location: Police Citizens Youth Club Inkerman St. St Kilda
Time: 10 to 11 am
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $6.00
Frequency: Weekly
Transport can be provided

Wednesday (monthly)

Carer Support Group

Monthly program that provides local residents who reside with an older frail person an opportunity to mix with others in similar caring roles.

Location: Cora Graves and out in the Community
Time: 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
Target: Carers
Fee: No Charge (lunch included)
Frequency: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Transport can be provided

Thursday (weekly)

Strength Training

Weekly program provides local residents the opportunity to do exercise with light weights

Location: Police Citizens Youth Club Inkerman St. St Kilda
Time: 10 to 11 am
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $6.00
Frequency: Weekly

 

Thursday (monthly)

Monthly Film Outing

First Thursday of the month.
Monthly outing to the cinema for local residents to enjoy a new release movie.

Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $15.80 (includes a light lunch)
Transport provided

Big Day Out

Second Thursday of the month.
Monthly program that provides local residents with an opportunity to enjoy day trips.

Location: Various locations around the greater metropolitan area
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (Includes transport)
Target: Older people 65+
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Transport provided

Out and About

Third Thursday of the month.
Monthly program for people who are adventurous, active, enjoy walking and are confident on their feet.

Location: Various locations around the greater metropolitan area
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (Includes transport)
Target: Active Older people 60+
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Transport provided

Russian Big Day Out

Fourth Thursday of the month.
Monthly program that provides local Russian speaking residents the opportunity to enjoy day trips.

Location: Various locations around the greater metropolitan area
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Target: Older Adults 65+
Fee: $15.80 (morning tea and lunch included)
Transport provided

Friday (weekly)

Friday Lunch and Bowls

Weekly program that provides Supported Residential Services (SRS) residents and people who are socially isolated with the opportunity to enjoy a meal and activities in a relaxed and social environment.

Location: Port Melbourne Bowls Club
Time: 12 pm to 3.30 pm
Target: SRS Residents, residents who are socially isolated or have special needs
Fee: No Charge
Frequency: Weekly
Transport can be provided

FLAG (Friday Leisurely Arts Group) Art

Weekly arts based program for people who may be experiencing social isolation or mental health issues.

Location: Sol Green Recreational Centre
Time: 1.30 to 3 pm
Target: SRS Residents, residents who are socially isolated or have special needs.
Fee: No Charge
Frequency: Weekly
Transport can be provided

Thai Chi

Weekly program that provides local residents an opportunity to participate in a gentle modified Tai Chi class especially designed for seniors.

Location: Cora Graves Centre
Time: 12.00 to 3.30 pm
Target: 55+
Fee: $5.80
Frequency: Weekly
Limited trasport available

Multicultural Social Club

Weekly drop in group for Multicultural seniors. Activities include cards, music, chess, backgammon, dominos, knitting, mah-jong, bingo, movies, arts and crafts.

Location: Cora Graves Centre
Time: 1.00 to 3.30 pm (afternoon tea provided)
Target: Older multicultural adults 65+
Fee: No Charge
Frequency: Weekly
Limited transport available

 

Friday (monthly)

High Needs Outing

A monthly program that provides local residents with higher needs the opportunity to enjoy a social lunch out.

Location: Out and around City of Port Phillip and greater Melbourne
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Target: Older people 65+ with high needs
Fee: $15.80 (includes lunch)
Frequency: fourth Friday each month
Transport provided

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