Resource Directory

Social Support

ASD Social Group
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Different Journeys provide peer support and social events for Teens, or Young Adults, with ASD. It is a safe and supportive environment, and family, friends, and support workers are welcome.

Suitable Age Range:
Teens group for 13-18 yrs, young adults group for 18+
Boroondara Access for All (BA4A) Network
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

A network that develops initiatives to promote and develop access, inclusions, and social options. Include motorized wheelchair and scooter workshops, road safety for pedestrians, accessible libraries, etc.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Bridges Connecting Communities
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

For people with disability and the elderly who are residents of Knox and the South West Yarra Ranges.
Services Include Volunteer medical transport, group activities and outings, pet companion program, community shopping bus and phone a friend program

Burke and Beyond (Next Step)
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

The Next Step is actively focussed on promoting independence in everyday life. Participants are given the opportunity to develop their independence with an emphasis on accessing public transport, money handling and gaining practical experience in a workplace environment.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Central Bayside Adult Community Options (ACO)
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

ACO programs provide group or individual programs in both centre-based and community settings. These include general outings, volunteering and art & craft.
Note: You require an approved NDIS Plan to access services through the NDIS.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Community Recreation Outreach Program (CROP)
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

A range of different social activities and sports events to participate in, including creative writing and storytelling, iPad for all, Drop-in lunch, exhibition art and exercise options at hawthorn aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Down Syndrome Victoria
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Provides support, encouragement, information and resources to people with Down Syndrome, their families and the broader community. Services include local peer support groups for families; peer support groups (Club21) for adults with Down Syndrome; an Education Support Service and annual events

Extended Families
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Provide support to children and young people with a disability and their families to build social connections and engage within the community

Suitable Age Range:
Under 30’s and their families
Kerrabee Centre – Social Inclusion and Wellbeing
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Can participate in social groups, shopping and library groups, day trips, supported residential services program.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
MiLife Victoria, Peninsula Access Support and Training
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Programs, services, groups and courses for skills needed in the home, community, self, transport; as well as sports, recreation and leisure.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Mountain District Learning Centre (MDLC)
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Mountain District Learning Centre aims to further the wellbeing of all persons in the Knox area. The Social Friendship Group provides a social environment to participants and organises outings, lunches, speakers and a different activity each week. The group meets each Wednesday between 1pm – 3pm. MDLC also offers a range of groups and activity to join and participate in.

Suitable Age Range:
Teenagers, Adults and Older Adults
OC Connections
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Provides activities and leisure opportunities, holiday services, employment opportunities, meeting specific needs and aspiration for people with disabilities.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Orana Neighborhood House
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Knox City Council provides a service for eligible residents aged over 65, their carers and people with a disability aged under 65 years, to participate in socially, mentally and physically stimulating activities in a friendly environment. Activities include craft, games, discussion, outings, guest speakers, games, cooking and gentle physical exercises.

Suitable Age Range:
All Ages
Pop Culture Conversation Club 
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Love talking about Marvel’s cinematic universe, want to debate Harry Potter fan theories, or chatting all things Star Wars, Pokemon, Dr Who and anything else you might be passionate about? Then this group is for you. A youth program based around discussion of popular books, movies and TV series. Come hang out and meet people with similar interests. Open to 16 to 21-year-olds.

Suitable Age Range:
16 to 21-year-olds
Social Support
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

A range of exercises, relaxation, therapy, arts, discussion groups, cooking, woodwork, outdoor activities. Accessing the service requires a referral from a relative, friend or health/welfare organization.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Stroke Support Group
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Support group for both stroke survivors and their carers.

Suitable Age Range:
Adults
Vision Australia
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Long Resource Description:

Vision Australia is the leading national provider of blindness and low vision services supporting people to live the life they choose. They provide many community groups that you can join. Community Groups are a great way to meet other people who are blind or have low vision, share ideas and information, and gain support from members of your community. Check out the website for a full list of groups in Melbourne.

Wheelchair Travel and Scooter Passes
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

A Scooter and Wheelchair Travel Pass will allow someone who is dependent on a scooter or wheelchair to travel for free on Melbourne metropolitan trains/trams/buses, V/Line services, Regional town buses, and other regional services that have a contract or service agreement with Public Transport Victoria.

Suitable Age Range:
All ages
Yooralla – Community Hub & Support
Resource Category:
Long Resource Description:

Yooralla provides community-based supports for people with a disability, where every individual is encouraged to pursue their goals by accessing skills-based learning, recreation and social activities

Suitable Age Range:
All ages

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