Local groups and resources


Local groups

Allwood Knowledge Centre

Sabi Buehler has written in: “The Allwood Knowledge Centre at Allwood House was recently established and contains a collection of books and magazines focused on sustainability and Aboriginal culture. There is no membership fee (although a gold coin donation would be appreciated) but one needs to register as a member to borrow books. The library also welcomes donations of books provided they are in good condition. Drop in any Tuesday afternoon, 1-4pm, or the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month, 1-4pm. There are also plans to have talks, library events and art projects in the future. If you are interested in volunteering with the running of this project, contact Allwood House by phone (9718 2717).” Read more on their website.

Greensborough Salvation Army Triple Ls Club

Greensborough Salvation Army Triple Ls club meets every Friday at the corner of Glendale Road and Flodden Way. It starts at 11.45am with BYO lunch, followed by activities such as bowls, billiards and table games. There is usually a guest speaker and afternoon tea at 2.45pm. For more information, ring 0411 853582.


Older Men: New Ideas (OM:NI) men’s discussion groups are a place for men aged 50 and over to meet each other in an informal, social environment to share their knowledge and experiences. There are six such groups in our local area. If you are a man, and you have some free time, why not give them a try?

Karaoke Choir of Diamond Creek

All are welcome to go along and have a sing. You will never be asked to sing by yourself. Forget anyone who has ever told you that you can’t sing. Nonsense. Of course you can. You don’t have to be Joan Sutherland to enjoy singing in a choir. Words and music will be provided by a karaoke machine. If you’ve never been in a choir before, don’t let that stop you. Just go along and enjoy the friendly company and the fun that comes from singing together.

When: Mondays, 1-3pm.
Where: Diamond Creek Uniting Church (opposite the Police Station).
Cost: $10 per week or $70 for 10 weeks.
Registration: Graham Ford by phone (0419 361 487) or email.

Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group

Lyn Richards has written: “What do Nillumbik U3A and MASSG have in common? First, a lot of people are members of both. Second, both groups are local and community-based. Third, they share a willingness to learn and to discuss robustly what they have learned.” MASSG aims ‘to support people who have sought asylum in Australia and to defend and promote their right to do so.‘ It meets monthly, and works to help individuals seeking asylum, raise awareness of issues, challenge current harmful policies and promote change. You can find out more at their website. If you want to know more, or want to receive their newsletters, email them.

Melbourne-wide groups

Matrix Guild

Matrix Guild are a Victorian based group offering support for the care and accommodation choices of older lesbians. They advocate for lesbian friendly services in the areas of independent housing, home-based care and aged care. They aim to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of older lesbians who are marginalised, at risk, disabled and/or frail. Further information can be obtained by phone (0427 482 976) or by email.

Beyond Words

Beyond Words trains and supports volunteer biographers to help people living in aged care in the Melbourne Metro area to capture their life’s memories. They are currently looking for more volunteers to train as biographers. Read more and apply.


Ageing well in Nillumbik

Ageing Well in Nillumbik: Nillumbik Council publishes a quarterly newsletter for the over 55s called Ageing Well in Nillumbik which aims to keep you up to date with Council & community services and volunteer opportunities. To go on their mailing list, contact them by phone (9433 3345) or email (positive.ageing@nillumbik.vic.gov.au).

Do you need help cleaning your gutters?

For a small donation, the Diamond Creek Men’s Shed is offering to clean gutters for local residents who are at risk using a ladder. Also available for hire, for a small fee, is high reach fruit picking, window cleaning, hedge trimming and tree lopping equipment. Contact the Diamond Creek Men’s Shed on 0400 301 263 for more information, pricing and booking.

Link Community Transport

Link Community Transport is a not-for-profit which helps people remain active and engaged with their communities. This means that there is help to get to medical appointments, classes, the library or swimming. The drivers are volunteers trained to assist with the elderly and disabled, and they are willing to cover even short distances for a modest fee.

Their contact number is 1300 546528, and their website is www.linkcommunitytransport.org.au.

The Shire of Nillumbik also provides non-emergency medical transport using volunteer drivers for appointments between 9.30am and 3pm. Bookings can be made on 9433 3723.

Advice when making enduring powers of attorney

The Office of the Public Advocate provides advice on powers of attorney. As part of this, it has published two companion booklets. To obtain hard copies of either booklet, contact the Office of the Public Advocate by phone (1300 309337).

Your Voice – Trust Your Choice is a practical guide to helping older Victorians to safely appoint a power of attorney. An enduring power of attorney is where you give someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf. The majority of enduring powers of attorney work well. Unfortunately, in some cases, family members, carers or friends abuse their authority as power of attorney and take advantage of that authority. This is one of the most devastating forms of elder abuse. The booklet includes helpful tips, case studies and sample wording. Download the booklet.

Take Control: a Guide to Making Enduring Powers of Attorney. This guide assists older people to minimise the risk of abuse when appointing an enduring power of attorney by making sure that: a) it captures their wishes about decisions that are made on their behalf; and b) the right people are involved in the decisions. Download the booklet.

Death of a partner: a practical guide for partners and family

Bereaved families sometimes have difficulties related to the multiplicity of procedures and lack of clarity and consistency. For example: What are the procedures to transfer accounts? Who can ask to read an original death certificate? When is a certified copy required? When will a simple copy suffice? Who can reject electronic documentation and require you to attend each office in person with hard copies? The Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria has produced a booklet to inform and empower partners and families to take charge of the many legal, administrative and financial matters that follow a death. Download the booklet or order printed copies by phone (1300 135090).

Seniors Information Victoria

Seniors Information Victoria offers free information as an independent service, supported by the state government, on a wide range of issues of interest to older Victorians. This information can be provided to groups or to individuals, is free of charge, and is provided by fully trained volunteers or staff. The information areas listed on their website are:

  • Housing options from independent living to residential care.
  • Concessions and pensions.
  • Home-based and community services.
  • General information on financial and legal issues.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Retirement.
  • New learning opportunities.

They are also available for information sessions with community groups, seniors groups, or local government organisations. If interested, contact them by phone (1300 135090) or email. They are based in the CBD.

Seniors Information Victoria is a program run by COTA Victoria. You can sign up for COTA’s newsletter or go to one of their events.

The Be Connected computer conversation program

The Be Connected program aims to support people to get online by providing an opportunity to learn and practice computer and technology skills with the help of volunteer digital mentors. It is free for seniors. It is run by Living & Learning Nillumbik out of their centres in Diamond Creek and Panton Hill and is run on behalf of the government in conjunction with Good Things Foundation. Join to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet. The Be Connected mentors will then discuss your needs with you and design a program to suit. You can choose to learn on a laptop computer, a tablet or a smartphone. To find out more, or to make an appointment, contact Living & Learning by phone (9433 3744).

Watch lectures from University College London

UCL Lunch Hour Lectures are an opportunity for anyone to sample the research work taking place at UCL in bite-sized chunks. Speakers are drawn from across the university, and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications. The lectures can be viewed on YouTube or listened to on SoundCloud.