Social support and recreation

Port Phillip’s Social Inclusion 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 in relaxed and friendly environment.

COVID safe information

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.

This includes Linking Neighbours and activities based at the Cora Graves Centre.

To maintain being connected with each other and gauge everyone's wellbeing, Social Inclusion staff have been providing our existing clients with the following services:

  • One on one telephone conversations and welfare calls
  • Teleconferences with existing groups
  • A variety of online activities
  • One on one walking activities
  • Home visits where restrictions have allowed

This has helped to check in and keep our clients up to date with what's going on.

The Program will continue to be updated as COVID conditions change and we will adjust the program accordingly. Please visit Council's COVID-19 Information webpage or contact Social Support if you require any further assistance via ASSIST 03 9209 6777

Social Support Program

Port Phillip's Social Support Program provides older residents, including people with disabilities and those experiencing dementia and who are socially isolated 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 (SRS)
  • Carer (of older people) support groups and activities
  • Centre Based Meals with other local residents in a relaxed and friendly environment

For more details and to make a referral to the Program, please contact us and request the Social Support Team Leader.

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.

Location and getting there

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Support Programs were run out of the accessible Cora Graves Community Centre. The Centre is located at the north side of and opposite the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, close to Barkly and Acland Street shops and transport.

Address: 38-40 Blessington Street, St Kilda 3182
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Phone: 03 9209 6738
Melways Reference: 58/B11

Transport to Cora Graves Community Centre

Disabled parking is available on Blessington Street within walking distance. Please see the Disability Access Map for more details.

Trams

  • 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

Bus

  • Southland-St Kilda Station Routes 600, 922, stop Acland Street/Barkly Street
  • Fisherman's Bend- Elsternwick Route 606, stop Acland Street/Barkly Street
  • St Kilda – Glen Waverley Route 623, stop Greeves Street / Carlisle Street
  • Clifton Hill - Elsternwick Route 246, stop Acland Street/Barkly street
  • 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 Inclusion PAG Program (PDF 256 KB).

Programs

Monday

Centre Based Meals

Location: Cora Graves Centre 38-40 Blessington Street, 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)

Midweekers

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

Location: Police Citizens Youth Club Inkerman Street, 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 with the opportunity to do exercise with light weights.

Location: Police Citizens Youth Club Inkerman Street, 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 with 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

Thai Chi

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

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