social support groups

keeping older people from migrant backgrounds active and independent for longer

Spectrum’s social support groups offer activities aimed at enhancing the skills and social connections that older people need to continue living independently, as well as providing respite and support for carers. Meeting at community centres around Melbourne, our groups offer people a range of social and cultural activities in a relaxed and fun environment.

These groups are focused on the needs of people from specific cultural and linguistic backgrounds, such as the Italian, Polish, Macedonian, Chinese, Assyrian-Chaldean and Punjabi communities. They aim to provide physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation in a welcoming and warm environment.


How they work

When people enrol with a social support group, we assess their needs and then place them in either a core-needs group, for those who are more physically and mentally independent, or a high-needs group, which caters to people who require mobility assistance or have dementia.

We provide a wide range of activities that are tailored to the needs of the group and the individual members. Group members enjoy activities such as gentle exercise, basic English classes, topical information sessions on current affairs and culturally specific activities. Sessions for the high-needs group include meals and transport.

Our social support groups

Currently we run social support groups for the following communities:

  • Assyrian-Chaldean
  • Bhutanese
  • Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Macedonian
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Sri Lankan
  • Somali

Our social support groups meet in community rooms located throughout the northern suburbs of Melbourne, including Preston, Reservoir, Pascoe Vale, Thomastown, Dallas and Broadmeadows.

More information

If you’d like more information on the cost and services provided by each group, contact us on 1300 735 653 or

Our social support group participants are processed via My Aged Care and are funded by the Victorian Government through the Home and Community Care program.