Category Archives: Recreation

Inner South Family and Friends end of year Dinner 13 December 2022

at the Beachcomber Cafe, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, next to the St Kilda Baths There is good public transport to Jacka Blvd, with tram stop almost at the door.  Parking is expensive but if you arrive early you may find free parking in side streets entered from Acland Street and heading to the beach.


Our 2021 dinner at Beachcombers occurred at a very difficult time due to Covid, lockdown and staff shortages. To compensate, this year we will enjoy a lavish banquet.

Alcohol can be purchased at your own expense
Donation: Pensioners $13, Non-pensioners $26 Seating is limited, bookings will be taken in order of receipt and must be received by Tuesday 6 December

To book:

1.     deposit to Westpac ISFAF Community One Account BSB 033-169  Account No: 2583072.     2.     make sure your deposit shows your name
3.     email with proof of booking
4.     include any special dietary needs in your email
5.     expect a confirmation via email. If you don’t receive a confirmation by 5 pm Wednesday 7 December, please email

Other Social Events
Beach walk ‘n chat on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

We generally start at 1pm from Northpoint Cafe, Brighton Beach (end of North Road).  Those who wish to join the walkers for a chat can meet up at Northpoint Cafe at 2.15pm.  Family members including canines are very welcome.
It is essential that you phone 0425 723 746 on the morning of the walk to book and to confirm as the time may vary.

2022-2023 Walk ‘n Chat Dates
Thursday 1 and 15 December
Thursday 5 and 29 January

Please don’t forget to check our website regularly for current updates

We wish to thank Alfred Mental and Addiction Health for their generosity in subsidizing our End of Year Dinner.
We wish to thank Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity in providing us with a drink at Northpoint Café as part of our Walk ‘n Chat Programme.

Please phone Judi on 0425 723 746 or Eleni on 0412 018 722 if you have difficulty in accessing any meetings or would like information or just need to chat to someone

International Day for people with a disability celebration 2022

Hi all,

Just a reminder to everyone Glen Eira Council has three fabulous events for International Day for people with a disability celebration.
All events are free and open to all.

1) Disability Awareness Training session for the community on 30 November @ 12pm at Caulfield Pavilion
2) Defiant Lives- the film showing at the Classic Cinema on 1 December with a Q&A session afterwards. Starts at 6pm
3) Come & Try Day at Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre, 7 December from 10-1pm.

Share this information with anyone you think would like to know.

Leonie Cleary
Access & Inclusion Officer

See City of Glen Eira website for details:

Tandem eNews edition 187 – 2 November 2022

Dear members and supporters

The Tandem Awards nominations closing date is now 18 November 2022!
We have received some excellent nominations so far and are eager to hear more on the incredible work happening in the community. But hurry! You have just over two weeks to nominate a person, service or program for a Tandem award.

Nominate a person or service who has significantly improved the experience of families, carers or supporters of people who use the mental health and wellbeing system in Victoria. Nominate via our website today.

Do you need assistance filling out the nomination form? Give the Tandem Admin team a call on (03) 8803 5555 – they are happy to fill out a form for you.

The Awards ceremony will be held on 8 December 2022. All nominees and those who nominate them will be invited to the ceremony. Award winners will receive an award and a gift voucher.

Flood Recovery

As rain continues, please remember that there is support available to flood affected members of our community. As well as financial support packages, the Victorian Government has provided additional funding for mental health support through Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs in affected areas. Visit the Government’s Flood Recovery website or call the Flood Recovery Hotline on 1800 560 760 for help with:

  • a range of clean-up services
  • finding somewhere to stay
  • financial, mental health and other support.

The recovery hotline is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm every day. Press 9 for an interpreter.

Please remember that the Carer Support Fund is available and could be of service during this time. Our Support and Referral line is also available if you need someone to talk to. Call 1800 314 325 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

You can access the complete edition of Tandem eNews via the link below:

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In this eNews edition

      • Introduction 
      • Introducing new Tandem staff
      • The Disability Inclusion Bill 
      • Collaborative Centre Lived Experience Advisory Panel 
      • New mental health statewide trauma service
      • Sites unveiled for new youth mental health facilities
      • Participate in Victoria’s first ever statewide Wellbeing Plan
      • New regional incentive program for mental health workforce
      • NDIS training: How to navigate the NDIS
      • Victoria Eating Disorders Strategy survey closing soon
      • What does good value in mental healthcare mean to you? Research survey
      • MHV workforce lived experience grants
      • Making Connections – Culturally and linguistically diverse communities online forum
      • Discovery College November Courses 
      • Learning More About BPD: A Workshop for Families & Friends 
      • Carers Victoria workshop: Who supports the carers?
      • Little Dreamers: Young Carers Story Club book
      • Carer lived experience job opportunities 
      • What’s on in your region? 
      • Tandem Support & Referral Line
      • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
      • Join the Tandem Family

Carers Victoria National Carers Week 16-22 October 2022


National Carers Week, celebrated from 16–22 October 2022, is a time for all Australians to recognise and celebrate the important contributions the 2.65 million unpaid carers make to their families and our community.

Welcome to
National Carers Week!

More than 700,000 Victorians perform a vital role in our community by providing unpaid care for a family member or friend who needs support due to disability, mental illness or significant health or age-related issues. That number is predicted to soar to one million carers by 2025.

This year, Carers Victoria reaches its 30th anniversary, and to celebrate we are sharing carer stories that highlight the diversity of the caring experience. Help us raise awareness of the extraordinary contribution of carers by sharing their stories from our campaign. Don’t forget to tag @CarersVictoria, #Carers2022 #MillionsOfReasonsToCare #CarersCountToo

Visit the Carers Victoria website to learn more about the events happening around Victoria this week.
Find out more about National Carers Week

Inner South Family and Friends upcoming events for October and November 2022


Alfred Health Carer Services has a wide range of wonderful programmes to celebrate Mental Health Month.

Carers Victoria has a wide range of wonderful programmes to celebrate Carers Week 2022 – Sunday October 16 to Saturday October 22

These are two organisations that we should all join. Each provides support, education, activities and events targeted at us. They advocate for us and need as many members as possible. The more members they have, the greater their power to advocate for us. Membership is free. If you are not yet a member, please join to benefit you, your loved ones and the mental health and carer community.


Monday 10 October 2022, 12.30pm-2pm
– ISFAF Event for World Mental Health Day
There IS such a thing as a free lunch.  Please join ISFAF and AMAH staff at ground level 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

This location has been chosen as we have invited staff of AMAH, most of whom work nearby.
Your contributions – fiscal or nutritional – are welcome, but not required.
For catering purposes, kindly respond to by 5pm Monday 3 October

Tuesday 11 October 2022 , 7.30pm – ISFAF Monthly Meeting
Topic: Psychosis, Psychedelics and Mental Health
Guest Speaker: John Watkins, Psychologist, Educator, Writer and Researcher
John has written many books. He has specifically referred us to read his book ‘Únshrinking Psychosis’, especially chapter 7 which discusses psychedelics. ISFAF library has a copy which is currently on loan. It is a great reference book well worth owning. However if you cannot buy one in time, borrow from your local library and encourage the library to buy extra copies.
Venue: Level Four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Tuesday 8 November 2022ISFAF Monthly Meeting
Do you have lived experience as a carer?
Do you want to be heard?
Is the system not working for you?
Are you frustrated at times?

Let’s Brainstorm with Sue Belmore, Senior Consumer Consultant in Quality Governance AMAH and Jaqueline Rozario, Carer Consultant AMAH to workshop how to make the system work better for us as carers and subsequently for our loved ones. Come armed with your feedback and ideas. All feedback and suggestions welcome.  Violeta Peterson who is returning to AMAH as Director of Lived Experience plans to join us.

Venue: Level Four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.  The “Spotless / Downer Building’ is a little to the city side of Wesley College and has white umbrellas in the forecourt. At night there is lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, but beware, parking during the day is expensive and difficult.  Prahran Station is 1km away and St Kilda Road trams stop at the door. If you are having trouble with transport/seek further information or just need a chat, please phone Judi on 0425 723 746

For all meetings, please come early to enjoy post lockdown return to our customary snack and chat.  For evening meetings, a light supper is available from 7.10pm. Due to security needs, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building.  If you come late you may not be able to enter.


Sunday 6 November 2022 – ISFAF Film and Lunch
Exact times to be advised after confirmation of your booking at If you have any questions, please phone Eleni on 0412 018 722 or judi on 0425 723 746.

Film:  Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
(approximately 10am) at Como Palace Cinema, corner Chapel Street and Toorak Road South Yarra.  See it with ISFAF and enjoy a delicious lunch across the road at Blossom Thai immediately after.
Lunch at Blossom Thai (approximately 12.45pm) 37 Cunningham Street, South Yarra.
Bookings are essential by Monday 31 October
Pensioners $12 Non-pensioners $24
Contact Eleni or Judi for bank account details
and send confirmation of payment to
Please include name(s) of individuals attending and
phone number(s) of all attending (preferably mobile).

Alfred Health Carer Services Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo 28 September 2022

Come along to the
Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo
Explore a range of family friendly resources and fun activities to support mental wellbeing in all walks of life.

Where: Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place
199 Beach Rd, Mordialloc
When: Wednesday, 28th September 2022
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

This is a free community event for all ages – save the date in your calendar!
Add this event to your calendar

Come together to enjoy some of these wonderful activities together:

  • Welcome to Country (Bunarong Land Council)
    Join a guided walk along the Bay Trail and learn about indigenous culture
    2 Yadaki (didgeridoo) led meditation sessions
    Arts activitiesFood from Mabu MabuCome and say hi to a range of stalls and activities from Kingston Council’s community partners:
  • Central Bayside Community Health
  • Uniting – Cheltenham Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and RESTART
    Alfred Health Carer Services
    Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS
    South East Suicide Prevention Network
    Pathway for Carers
    Representation from Neighbourhood Houses
    A Path to Follow
    City of Kingston’s Social Development team
    Men’s Sheds
    Team Sports 4 All
    Kingston Youth Services
    Shoot some hoops with Victoria Police
    Chill out zone

We recognise the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, and know that connection through community groups, sporting clubs and support services, is important to maintain positive mental health, especially in times of need.

Save the date in your calendar!

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Tandem E-News Special Edition 30 August 2022

Enews special edition #181
August 30th 2022

Dear members and supporters,

Our Reform conference is now one week away! We are pleased to announce that the conference will also be including a live stream. So if you missed out on an in-person ticket to the event, this is the perfect opportunity to attend the conference from home.

Tandem are giving away free online tickets to members. Email: if you would like to tune in. We will reply with instructions on how to secure your ticket and access the conference online on the day.

Our Reform will be a landmark, sector-wide event. The program is finalised and includes an address from The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP Minister for Mental Health, a Q&A with the Collaborative Centre, a Q&A with the Independent Review Panel, a Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing forum, breakout rooms, an imaginarium room, and so much more.

Tandem will give a 30 minute presentation; Why lived and living experience-led reform matters: Tandem’s work on the Family and Carer-led Centres. Our presentation will take you through all of the work that Tandem has done to codesign the Family and Carer-led Centres, including our travel around regional Victoria holding workshops with families, carers and supporters.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, either in the room or online.

Breaking the Taboo: Giving a voice to the topic of suicide

Discovery College is hosting an online course on suicide. The course will explore how to have open and honest conversations about suicide and how we can support others who have been affected by suicide.

This is a good course for anyone who wants to hear different perspectives from people who have been impacted including friends, families, health professionals, and the broader community.

The course runs from 10:30am – 12:00pm on 22 September, so enrol before spots fill up.

You can access the complete e-news via the link below:

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Alfred Health Carer Services eNews September 2022

Welcome to the September edition of eNews 

After what has seemed like a long Melbourne winter, here’s hoping for a bright, sunny spring ahead. In the words of Robin Williams, “Spring is natures way of saying let’s Party!”

There will certainly be much to celebrate next month when we recognise the significant contribution of carers during Carers Week (16th – 22nd October)

AHCS September events

We are excited to continue to offer a program of events to give you a break from your day to day role as a carer.

We understand that life can be unpredictable and that your plans may have to change. Just a reminder that if you receive a spot in one of our events, and are unable to attend, can you please give us as much notice as possible. We often have a waiting list of other carers who would like to attend and want to ensure we can give them the opportunity if available.

We have some new offerings for carers in September: for more information click on the link below

Glen Eira City Council Carers Week Events 16-22 October 2022

What’s on for carers

We host activities and events each year to recognise and support the carers in the Glen Eira community. It’s a time and place for carers to relax, exercise and connect.

National Carers week — 16–22 October

Pathways for Carers Social Connect Group

Come and meet other carers, spend time outdoors with a gentle stroll followed by a complimentary morning tea at Caulfield South Community House as well as a guest speaker.

This activity is free and limited to unpaid carers in Glen Eira or cares for someone in Glen Eira. ?

When: Second Friday of the month (during school terms) 9 September, 14 October, 11 November and 9 December
Time: 10.20am for a 10.30am start
Where: Caulfield South Community House, 450-452 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South (Wheelchair accessible. On street parking)
Cost: Free
Registration: No bookings required, registration with Caulfield South Community House on the day.

Supported by Interchange Outer East, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Caulfield South Community House and Glen Eira City Council.

For further information contact Council’s carer support services on 9524 3333 or email

Pathways for Carers Social Connect Group Flyer — Glen Eira (PDF)

Pathways for Carers

Carers exercise classes at Caulfield Recreation Centre

Come along, take a break and join other carers.  The classes are free and limited to carers who live in or care for someone in Glen Eira. You are welcome to attend classes every week or occasionally.

When: Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am
Where: Caulfield Recreation Centre, 6 Maple Street, Caulfield South

Classes will include Zumba, Aerobics, Barre and Pilates. If the weather is suitable you may also be able to enjoy your class outdoors and after the class relax and chat with other carers.

All participants will need to bring a towel, drink bottle, mat (if you have one).

Please note: No bookings required.

For further information contact Council’s carer support services officer on 9524 3333 or email

Group exercise class

Fun and Friendship Afternoon

Caulfield South Community House hosts a relaxed, social afternoon with a game of cards and each week the House has something special on offer — Crafty Club, Trivia, and Painting, with a yummy afternoon tea, or just come and chat. Join local community members every Thursday during school terms.

When: Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Caulfield South Community House, 450-452 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South (Wheelchair accessible. On street parking)
Cost: Free for unpaid carers in Glen Eira or those who care for someone in Glen Eira.
Registration: Please contact Caulfield South Community House on 9596 8643 or email to let them know you are coming along so that they can organise materials.

All House activities require participants to join the House and pay an annual subscription. This fee will be waivered for unpaid carers in Glen Eira or those who care for someone in Glen Eira.

To find out more about the Caulfield South Community House, visit their website.

For further information contact Council’s carer support services on 9524 3333 or email