Category Archives: Recreation

Inner South Family and Friends News Update 30 March 2020

Walk’n Chat social outings planned for April have been postponed until further notice due to restrictions introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 cases.  Outdoor activities are now limited to two people unless members of the same household.  Members who would like to continue to enjoy outdoor exercise with company are encouraged to link up with one other person.

Our office at Level Four, Spotless Building 549 St Kilda Road Melbourne is currently unattended, however if you need information or support please call Judi on 0425 723 746

An important message from our Chairperson Judi
‘Life in the Time of Corona’
is an interesting and challenging experience which we are all coming to terms with. If we wish to survive we will have to live with the challenges for some time. Regrettably tonight’s announcement from our Prime Minister was the absolute death knell for our monthly Thursday Walk’ n Chats. Hopefully we will be able to resume them in a few months, so keep the first Thursday afternoons of each month free.

ISFAF Facebook page
So that members who may not have each other’s contact details can chat, we will have an ISFAF Facebook page up in the next couple of days. This can continue as a forum among members. An ISFAf Facebook page will also provide a means for members to catch up with one another, either  by continuing on the page, or by reverting to private contact with some of their Facebook friends – or both.

Please don’t forget our ISFAF Webpage at


Monthly Meetings
We are planning to run monthly meetings via Zoom.  I think I can safely say that a speaker with extensive experience acting for carers will speak to us on the very important topic: ‘NDIS tricks and Tips’ at 7.30pm Tuesday 14 April.  Zoom provides the opportunity for discussion and question time. Once the meeting is set up you will all receive invitations.

A Tale of Two ISFAF Travellers
Two of our members recently travelled to Italy, where they boarded a lovely cruise ship for fun on the Mediterranean. As you might imagine, the fun was cut short. Rather than the ship returning to Italy, our friends were evacuated returning to Melbourne via Paris instead of Rome.

The older of the two is in her 80’s and perfectly healthy. Our younger friend, aged in her 60’s is recovering from corona virus, which has been treated at her home uneventfully.

While the story shows there’s hope for us oldies, it does not provide an excuse not to follow the Federal Government  Strategy – stay home, connect on line / phone with your friends, enjoy your gardening, clean the house, read and make good use of media.  Below this message are links to a number of interesting sites, but since I compiled the list, many more have opened up. Youtube has an inexhaustible supply of diversions.

I look forward to catching up with you all on 15 April at our Zoomed Monthly Meeting,

Warm Regards,


Entertainment on line
Since I made the list below, many other galleries and musical groups /orchestras have provided access to their works, so if you google any orchestra or gallery of your choice, you might find them to have put material on line.

Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Immigration Museum
Melbourne Symphony Concerts live
Opera lovers who attend screenings of some of these performances at Palace cinemas and the Nova, know they can be mind blowing experiences especially when Anna Netrebko is in them. I thought $20 for a top seat at the MET (via Palace cinema) was cheap, but now it’s totally free for the first 7 days and no long plane ride is needed.
NGV Channel

Also many other events/entertainments are available on line.

M: 0425 723 746
Ph/Fax: 03 9528 2820



Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Walk’n Chat


Please join us for our Walk ‘n Chat:  First Thursday of the month from 6 February through to 3 December 2020.  Meet at North Point Cafe at the end of North Road Brighton.
Walkers meet at 1.45pm, (owners welcome to bring their dog along) non walkers are welcome to join the group at 2.45pm for refreshments at North Point Cafe.
Phone 9076 4722 or 0425 723 746 for details or changes according to weather on the day
Next Walk ‘n Chat Thursday 2 April and extra Walk’n Chat Thursday 16 April

The above photo is of beautiful black swans taken at Brighton Beach on our last Walk’n Chat.  Although it rained a little, it was quite warm, so don’t be put off by a few grey clouds.

Alfred Health Carers Network Free Events for Carers March-May 2020

“Free events for carers in March – May, 2020

We are delighted to present our Carer Events Program featuring free events for carers to take a break and look after your own well being. Tickets to all events will be allocated through a ballot process, to ensure all carers get a chance to attend an event. Look through our new program and let us know what you would like to do.”

Please click on the link below to access the free events for carers March to May 2020:


Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 February 2020

Meditation and Mindfulness Classes
Moksha Yoga, Bentleigh
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join like minded carers and practice some important self care. Book direct with Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885. Classes are for carers registered with Alfred Health Carer Services.

Learn a new skill online or in a class
Be Connected is a website resource provided by the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services. It provides free courses to older Australians who need support to participate online. Choose from online topics or find a location to attend a class. Learn more from Be Connected.

To read the complete newsletter pleased click on this link:

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 January 2020

Not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
Ermha and Launch Housing assist people with mental illness to participate in their community, manage daily tasks, secure stable employment and housing, and connect with family and friends.
Learn more here.

Assisting a person living with a mental health problem?
Family, Friends and Carers, here are some tips for you.


Dolittle the movie advertisement
DOLITTLE the movie and lunch
For Young Carer ages 7-13

Wednesday 22 January, 9.45am-4.45pm

Enjoy DOLITTLE the movie at Hoyts Cinema Melbourne Central then off to lunch at Grill’d. Meet the Little Dreamers Bus at South Melbourne Community Centre at 9:45am. Tickets $10. Buy tickets here.
Enquiries or
9973 9078.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 December 2019

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was handed to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 31 October 2019, and tabled in Parliament that day. Here is a link to the Interim Report. The Prime Minister released a statement in response to the Interim Report. The statement lists key priorities including; Increasing the number of Home Care packages; Better medication management and dementia training; Younger people in residential aged care; Building on longer term reforms and simplifying the system for consumers.

Three commandments for reducing holiday stress

  1. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try
  2. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done
  3. Thou shalt make time for thyself

No idea how to make time for yourself?  Give Alfred Health Carer Services a call! We can talk with you about opportunities in your local area to look after your wellbeing. We have lots of ideas about how to gently introduce respite when the person you care for says ‘NO’.  Ph: AHCS 1800 052 222. For more ideas about building carer resilience click here.

$1 Hoyts movies for carers

The Hoyts Carers Offer gives an adult movie ticket for the price of one dollar (maximum of one ticket per day) to carer members of Carers Victoria.
To receive a $1 Hoyts Cinema ticket carers must:
•         Be a current carer
•         Present their Carers Victoria membership card when purchasing their ticket
•         Be accompanied by the person they care for (that person will still need to buy their ticket)
The Hoyts movie deal is on offer until December 2020. See Carer Victoria website for  more details.

Click on the link below to access the complete newsletter.

Alfred Health Carer Services

Wednesday 11th December, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom and Gardens, Elsternwick
Alfred Health Carer Services invites you to express your interest in our end of year carer event. There will be tours of historic Rippon Lea homestead, activities, entertainment and a delicious high tea. This event will be popular so please contact us early to go into the ballot.

Phone our events team on 9076 6644 or click here.
The ballot will close at 4:00pm, 2nd December.

This is a carer only event.
Respite can be arranged for the person you care for.
Bus transport to and from the event departs from
Frankston, Dandenong and Caulfield.

Register your interest to attend the Carer High Tea

Inner South Family and Friends Walk ‘n Chat Group

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 aimed to highlight the link between physical and mental health.  We marked World Mental Health Day, with a Walk ‘n Chat which we all enjoyed so much that we decided to repeat the walk on the first Wednesday of the month.

Walkers will meet at 1.30pm outside North Point Cafe at the end of North Road, Brighton.  You are welcome to bring your dog with you and we will head towards Brighton Beach.  Other walkers may choose to head towards St Kilda and join us at the North Point Cafe at 2.45pm for afternoon tea and a chat.

If you are not planning to walk you can join us  at 2.45pm inside North Point Cafe for afternoon tea.

Booking is not required.  If you need transport or would like more information, please phone 0425 723 746.

Walk ‘n Chat  dates are Wednesday 6 November and 4 December 2019.
In 2020 walkers will meet at 1.45pm on the first Thursday of the month commencing 6 February through to 3 December.  Non walkers can meet up at 2.45pm at North Point Cafe.

Alfred Health Carer Services What’s On November 2019

Pot-Pourri present “From Figaro to Phantom”

Be transported by the glorious voices and theatrical skills of four of Australia’s finest singer/actors and a brilliant pianist, gorgeous harmonies and glamorous costumes. Pot-Pourri create magical Opera, belt out Broadway, seduce with song and dance up a storm. Great morning entertainment!
A ballot process will be used to allocate places for this event.

You can access all events by clicking on the link below:

Inner South Family and Friends Carers Week Film and Lunch 13 October 2019

We are celebrating Carers Week on Sunday 13 October at 10am with a film at the Palace Como Cinema, corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street South Yarra and lunch at Zen Charcoal BBQ in Toorak Road across from the cinema.

The film ‘Ride Like a Girl’

Key art for Ride Like A Girl

As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy. She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne.

Total cost for film and lunch is $5 with pension card, $10 for non-pensioner.  Bookings are essential on 9076 4722 or email

We thank Alfred Health Carer Services for funding the lunch and Carers Vic for funding towards the cost of the film.