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Social connections and activities – current programs

Our Social Connections and activities programs are designed to cater to the needs of our Merri-bek Community aged 65 years and over.

We offer a great range of community, center-based, and online activities delivered to you in a COVIDSafe environment.

Programs currently running

Inner peace and balance

A seated Tai Chi using cold rock meditation, calm art, and other sensory stimulation techniques to calm the mind, and reduce anxiety. This is an indoor activity. Enjoy a nutritious snack pack at the end of the session.

When: 10am to 1:30pm on Mondays each week
Where: Newlands Senior Centre at 49-53 Murray Road, CoburgCost: $6.40 per session

Cafe connections

A community-based program where clients can enjoy a nutritious meal and connect with others.

When: 11:30am to 1:30pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week

Where: Degani Coburg Hill
153 Elizabeth Street Coburg Hill
Not Café Stradina Eileen Street

Cost: $6.40 per session

Out and about program

This is an all-day program. We will visit places of interest across Melbourne, enjoy a meal and socialise with friends.

When: Thursdays only
Where: Various selected locations
Cost: $6.40 per session - BYO or buy lunch

Evergreen gardening group

Get your hands dirty and make your brain happy by growing a variety of herbs, vegetables and native flowers that you can take home to look after.

When: 10am to 1:30pm on Wednesdays each week
Where: Newlands Senior Centre at 49-53 Murray Road, Coburg
Cost: $6.40 per session

Men’s engagement group

Come and join our vibrant Men’s engagement group.  Activities include open discussions of common interests, board games, reminiscing, skill sharing, and themed outings.

When: 10am to 1:30pm on Thursdays each week
Where: Newlands Senior Centre at 49-53 Murray Road, Coburg
Cost: $6.40 per session

Fitness and Friendships

Join us for an interactive wellbeing session where you can connect with others while enjoying a gentle seated exercise program to strengthen your muscles, improve your coordination and boost your vitality.

This program is suitable for all fitness levels and is led by a fitness instructor from YMCA Coburg. Bring your own resistance band, dumbbells (500g to 1kg), a soft medium-size ball, and your best smile. Loan equipment is available on request.

When: 2pm to 3pm on Tuesdays each week
Where: these sessions are held Online using Zoom
Cost: $6.40 per person

Fabulous Fun times

Join us each week for a fantastic program that showcases your music and exercise talents. Take part in art and craft projects and cook together for each other.

Where: Newlands centre
When: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm Tuesdays
Cost: $6.40 per session

Line dancing

Looking for something fun and enjoyable.

Come and join us every Friday for a 6-week choreographed line dance program.

The classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and led by a dance instructor.

You are welcome to stay back and enjoy a refreshing juice and light lunch.

When: Fridays, 10.30 am
Where: Newlands Senior Citizens centre
49-53 Murray Road, Coburg
Cost: $6.40 per session

Phone Bingo

Where: Over the phone
When: 2pm to 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Italian specific
No cost