Category Archives: Recreation

Alfred Health Carer Services eNews 3 July 2020

Finding it hard to get the basics?

Across Melbourne’s southern metro area there are different services offering emergency relief such as meals, food, other basic groceries and financial assistance.
Find out what’s available in your local area:

Greater Dandenong
Glen Eria
Mornington Peninsula
Port Phillip

OR  visit CISVic, who provide local services to people experiencing personal and financial difficulties.

Face to Face Meditation and Gentle Yoga classes are back!

We are excited to reinstate our face to face gentle yoga and meditation and mindfulness classes.

Moksha Yoga Bentleigh has resumed their Meditation and Mindfulness classes for carers every Tuesday from 11:30am-12:30pm

Call Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885 to book your place.Body Yoga Berwick will begin face to face Gentle Chair Yoga July 14, 11:15am-12:15pm and Carer Meditation & Mindfulness classes from 12:30pm-1:15pm

Call Body Yoga on 0402 072 677 to book your place

Places may be limited and bookings before the classes are strictly required to ensure social distancing.

Helping all women get active at home.

This Girl Can have released their Get Active at Home videos.

This collection of online workouts on features women of all ages, fitness levels, shapes and sizes and abilities getting active and feeling good. More than 7000 people have visited it since it launched in May.

Click here to see more.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Carer eNews June 2020

National Carer Survey

Have your say for your chance to win an iPad 32GB WiFi

Victorian carers are invited to have their say by completing the first-ever
National Carer Survey here!

Findings from the 2020 National Carer Survey will play a major role in improving our understanding of caring and carers’ lives.

New ways to interact with others

Connecting Couches is Give a Care’s new initiative which delivers a range of online activities, to provide people of all abilities with the opportunity to try out new hobbies from the comfort of their own home. These free sessions include drumming, dance and art classes.

Visit their website to find out more information.

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Alfred Health Carer Services 18 June 2020

Meditation & Mindfulness Classes

Moksha Yoga is back! 

Offering weekly face to face meditation and mindfulness classes.
You must book in for this class by calling Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885

Every Tuesday from 23rd June
11:30am – 12:30pm

Event type: Carer Only
Only 10 people maximum per class to maintain social distancing.

Tandem eNewsletter 17 June 2020

Caring Fairly campaign to increase the Carer’s payment

Tandem is proud to be part of the coalition of organisations participating in the Caring Fairly campaign led by Mind Australia. The campaign calls on the federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, to increase the Carer Payment like other income support payments have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please sign the petition to make your voice heard and demand the compassion that family and friends in mental health deserve.

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Inner South Family and Friends Walk ‘n Chat June to December 2020

Walk ‘n Chat on the 1st  and 3rd  Thursday of each month – 1.30pm to walk ‘n chat and 2.45pm to chat over coffee.  Family members (including  canines) very welcome.

Meet at Brighton Beach at the end of North Road, outside Northpoint Café.

Thursday 18 June

Thursday 2 July  and 16 July

Thursday 6 August and 20 August

Thursday 3 September and 17 September

Thursday 1 October and 15 October

Thursday 5 November and 19 November

Thursday 3 December 17 December

Tandem eNews 4 June 2020

Mental Health Carers Australia survey

Tandem is pleased to be the Victorian member of  Mental Health Carers Australia (MHCA) who are talking regularly with the National Disability Insurance Agency and other government departments about the COVID-19 pandemic. MHCA is running a short survey to find out directly from families and carers about the impacts of the pandemic to help with these discussions.

We know that families and carers are currently stretched and stressed and have been asked to complete a number of surveys. We appreciate that you may be surveyed-out!

This survey being run by MHCA is really important as we don’t often get the chance to talk with government departments at a national level.

The survey is accessible here

It is estimated that it will take no longer than ten minutes to complete.
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Inner South Family and Friends Walk ‘n Chat Thursday 4 June 2020

For help with transport problems or further details, phone 0425 723 746

All welcome – bring family members, especially well behaved canines.

IF PLANNING TO WALK – meet at 1.30pm outside North Point Cafe (end of North Rd at Brighton Beach) for some exercise (while chatting) followed by a drink and chat

IF NOT PLANNING TO WALK – meet at 2.45pm inside North Point Cafe

Next Walk ‘n Chat is 1.30pm Thursday 18 June 2020


Mojo Film Festival 7.30pm 24 May 2020

Schizy Inc
!Mojo Film Festival Gala Online Screening Event 2020!
Sunday 24 May 7:30pm
Your house.
*What is this?
Curation of 15+ new very short films made by filmmakers with living experience of mental health recovery for World Schizophrenia Day 2020.
On the theme ‘life interrupted’.
It’s all happening on Youtube, so all you need to do to attend this event is click on the link at around 7:20pm on Sunday night!
*Why this?

Mojo supports a new genre of filmmaking – these films are not about us, they are by us.

Mojo Film Festival starts in March every year. It’s a program out of the house of Schizy Inc, a collective of creatives advocating positivity around lived experience through the arts.

For three months, we run filmmaking workshops and we create positive media around schizophrenia and similar mental health realities. Anyone can promote messages about the burden of mental illness and stigmatising news reporting, but Schizy Inc flips the coin.

The Mojo Gala event night on World Schizophrenia Day is a creative, joyous party and we want you to be there!

*How to Mojo?

1. Youtube at 7:30pm (AEST) on Sunday 24 May.
2. Join the live chat with filmmakers, guest VIPS and Schizy Inc.
3. Wear PJ bling! Share your photo’s on the Mojo Facebook page.
If you’re joining from another country, check your local time with AEST.


Subject line: Mojo

See you there..


Inner South Family and Friends Walk’ n Chat Thursday 21 May 2020

You are invited to join us for our regular Walk’ n Chat this Thursday. We are now permitted to walk outdoors with a group of up to 10 people practising social distancing. We meet at North Point Cafe, Brighton Beach at 1.30pm.  You can choose to walk towards Elwood or to Brighton Beach. Dogs are welcome. Non-walkers can meet up with walkers at North Point Cafe at 2.45pm for coffee outdoors. Please contact Judi on 0425 723 746 for more information.

If it is raining, link to Zoom at 3 pm.

Meeting ID: 787 536 696
If  not using internet dial 7018 2005 or731 853 730 or 02 8015 6011
Password: 681213, same meeting ID as above
Walk ‘n Chats are planned for 1st and 3rd of every month – keep 4 and 18 June free

Tandem eNews 13 May 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

We are excited by the announcement of Australia’s new mental health official in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and would like to congratulate Associate Professor Ruth Vines, former Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria, who will become the first Deputy Chief Medical Officer with a focus on mental health.

Professor Vine’s role will be to listen to community concerns and provide advice to the government, with a focus on anxiety linked to physical distancing and economic stress. Read about the announcement here.

It is heartening to see mental health on Australia’s agenda and we will continue to strive for a system that is safe, inclusive, fair and funded in Victoria.

Our link to register for Tandem Time with Carer Gateway didn’t work last week. We apologise for the frustration and ask you to register again for the Zoom meeting below. 

It will be a very powerful session and we hope to see you all there.

In this issue

• Tandem Time with Carer Gateway
• Tandem C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
• Ready steady NDIS
• Friends, family & carers forum
• Carer support groups
• Support services
• Join the Tandem family

Tandem Time with Carer Gateway

Tandem Time is a one hour, online meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch. When you register you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time.

Special Guest: State Manager at Merri Community Health Services Vicki Down

When: Thursday 21st of May

Time: 10am – 11am

Where: Zoom
Some people reported issues getting into the session via Eventrbite, so instead we are happy to give you the direct zoom registration details here.

A few of you reported the link was broken last week – thank you, we have re-set the link.
Register in advance for this meeting
If the link still doesn’t work paste this URL into your browser:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to or take our quick survey to help us create the best experience for you. 

Tandem Time Survey

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