Activities for older adults

Darebin has many groups, clubs, community centers and activities. We can help connect you with the ones that meet your needs, interests and culture.

To help you stay active in a way that interests you, we have put together the Older and Active in Darebin Directory. In this handy guide, you will find over 200 services, groups and programs that welcome older people.

In the bimonthly Older and Active Newsletter you can find out about upcoming local events and information that may be of interest for you.

You can pick up a hard copy of the newsletter and the directory at a Darebin Customer Service Centre.

For a Word version or alternative format call us on 03 8470 8828.

You can also subscribe to the Older and Active eNewsletter.

Some of the activities include:

  • gentle activity groups
  • art, craft and dancing activities
  • social groups and outings
  • meals
  • learning something new
  • games including bowls, bocce, trugo, cards and billiards
  • community bus
  • opportunities to socialise and to participate.

To learn more about the directory or the newsletter, or to talk to us about ways that you can get out and about in Darebin, call us on 03 8470 8312 or 03 8470 8063.

Neighbourhood Houses

There are a number of Neighbourhood Houses providing a range of support and recreational activities in Darebin.

Social outing programs

Social support groups at Yanada House in Northcote offer fun programs and recreational outings. A referral code for social support groups via My Aged Care is required. If you already have a referral code for social support group, please call Yanada House on 03 9481 9570 to arrange a visit.

Link Community Transport provide safe specialist transport and social outings. Some of the outings are low cost or free if you are registered with My Aged Care. Link's social outings help create experiences, give you something to look forward to and look after you all the way. Call 1300 546 528 or download the current catalogue.

To register with My Aged Care, please call 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.

Get involved in age-friendly Darebin with activities for older adults

Darebin is progressing well toward becoming an Age Friendly City.

In 2019, an independent panel presented the "Age Friendly Darebin" report to us. It included 98 recommendations on how older residents can be better supported to live well in our community. The recommendations encouraged new initiatives and services, increased advocacy, and age friendly principles embedded in our plans and strategies.

In 2020 the Aged and Disability department presented the "Age Friendly Darebin Year One" report to us. A snapshot of this progress report was designed in co-operation with a group of community members. It reflects some of the new programs and services, trials, and initiatives that we started to support for older people in 2020. It also describes the challenges that came along with the COVID-19 pandemic and our response to limit the impacts on our community.

Read the Aged Friendly Darebin report on our Your Say website for more information and to read the full Age Friendly Darebin report.

Get involved

Contact us if you would like to contribute, or participate in consultations and other age-friendly Darebin activities.

More information

Supported and Connected Living team

Phone: 03 8470 8828

You can call us yourself, or if you give consent to a family member, friend, doctor, or health service who can call us for you.