Getting older doesn't mean you can't learn new skills and keep in touch with your community. Every day there are people coming together all over our city to improve their health and wellbeing, make new friends or simply to get out and about.
Whether it's an activity or program at one of our neighbourhood houses, libraries or leisure centres, we can help you find something you are interested in and we may even be able to provide transport to help you get there.
Would you like to try an exercise class for free?
We're offering a selection of exercise classes and 'come and try' sessions in venues around Boroondara for free during May and June 2018.
If you've been umming and ahing about committing to a long-term class, sign up for one of our free sessions and give it a try.
Below are just a few of the services, activities and programs offered in our local area.
We organise 2 types of bus trips for residents every month so you can get out and about, meet people and explore new and interesting places around Melbourne.
- Mondays: full-day bus trip to a variety of places for lunch and exploration.
- Wednesdays: afternoon bus trip to out-of-area shopping destinations.
To find out how to book a bus trip, see apply for ageing and disability services.
Our 5 libraries offer free access to thousands of books, an extensive eLibrary and lots of reading ideas and inspiration. They also run regular events, activities, workshops and training.
Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, stay active, learn new skills and involve yourself in your community. You can find out more at volunteering.
Gyms and pools
Studies show that exercise provides many health benefits for older adults. It doesn’t take much. Even light or moderate exercise and physical activity can improve your health. See our leisure centres and pools for ideas on how to get out and active today.
Arts and culture
Our city is bursting with arts and cultural events. From craft markets in Camberwell to ballet performances at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, you are bound to find something to entertain you. For more information, see Boroondara Arts.
Neighbourhood houses and community centres
Ten neighbourhood houses and community centres in the City of Boroondara offer a range of courses, activities and services for a fee. These community spaces bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach.
Day centres are similar to neighbourhood houses, but with a focus on older people and people with a disability.
Seniors clubs and groups
More than 20 senior citizen clubs operate in the City of Boroondara, as well as seniors groups and multicultural clubs. Some are culturally specific, including Greek, Italian, Chinese, Armenian, German and Vietnamese clubs.
These clubs and groups offer regular activities, including outings, bingo, cards, special lunches, guest speakers, concerts and cultural celebrations.
Probus and Rotary
Men's Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one, you might see men restoring furniture, recycling bicycles for a local school, or fixing lawn mowers.
University of the Third Age
University of the Third Age focuses on the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community.
Around 90 courses are offered at any one time. The syllabus is broad - you can learn a new language, explore the history of other countries or civilizations, take part in a book reading group, do some gentle exercise through Tai Chi or join a walking group.
The annual subscription cost is low as all teaching and administration is provided by members on a voluntary basis.
Life Activities Clubs
Life Activities Clubs Victoria (LACVI) is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides physical, social and recreational activities, as well as education and motivational support, for mature-aged Victorians.
LACVI member clubs are spread across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with a total membership of around 5000 people.