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.
They aim to provide physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation in a welcoming and warm environment.


How they work

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.

Our social support groups

Currently we run social support groups for the following communities:

  • Arabic
  • Assyrian-Chaldean
  • Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
  • Filipino
  • Italian
  • Macedonian
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Vietnamese

Our social support groups meet in community rooms located throughout the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

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 groups are funded by the Victorian Government through the Home and Community Care program. Individuals wishing to join our groups will need to be assessed via My Aged Care.