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Social Support Groups

SMRC Social Support Groups offer opportunities for social interaction to people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background who are living at home.


Participants are encouraged and supported to live a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, nutrition education and developing emotional wellbeing through friendships and social contact.

Activities within the Social Support Groups Program include:

  • relaxing chair-based exercises
  • arts and crafts
  • interactive games
  • music activities
  • tabletop games to suit individual interests
  • information sessions and monthly outings.

There is a strong tie between social support and measures of wellbeing. Our Social Support Groups nurture a sense of belonging, security and community. Those who have close personal relationships cope better with various stresses including bereavement and illness, while the Program also helps in keeping participants active and alert.

Activities range from centre-based programs to outings and are offered Monday to Friday. There is a fee for these services, starting at $7.50. Outings include visits to The Hive Outdoor Garden or taking part in one of our exercise programs.

Languages supported include:

  • Filipino
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Serbian
  • Romanian
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • Other mixed culture groups
  • Wednesday men’s group

While language groups are language specific, we welcome anyone to join any group that interests them.

Read the Social Support Summer Newsletter

Read the Social Support Spring Newsletter

Read the Social Support Winter Newsletter

This program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health under the Commonwealth Home Support Program for those over 65 years old and the Victorian Government through the Department of Families Fairness and Housing for those under 65 years old.

Home Care Package clients are eligible to use any services required under their package plan if available. Please contact your case manager to refer you onto on of SMRC’s helpful staff.

    If you want to join this program, complete the below:

    Expression of Interest

    Contact Person

    Mary Ann D.

    Senior Social Support Group Coordinator

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