Groups and Activities

Connect Health & Community runs a number of programs and groups. The priorities are to promote mental health and wellbeing, to promote physical activity, and to promote accessible and nutritious diet.

Outdoor Walking Groups (Various)

Local walking groups with a paid or volunteer leader. Walk and talk, make new friends while improving your fitness level. The pace is set by the participants.

Making Mealtimes Happy

Do you wish to have happier mealtimes with your toddler?
If you have a fussy toddler in your family, then this group may help during those mealtime battles. This online event will provide you with ideas on what and how much your toddler should be eating. You will also hear ideas of creative ways to serve meals and snacks. This event is suitable for children aged 12 months to 5 years of age.

When: 10 am-12 pm first Tuesday of the month
Where: Virtual Meeting
Cost: $5 via Webex Meetings.
Contact: Book online at 
For more information contact us on 03 9575 5322.​

Download the flyer here 

Handwriting Group

Our handwriting group is designed for Primary School aged children from 5-8 years old. The group will provide a range of skills to assist with handwriting, including: 

  • Exercises to increase strength and coordination of hand muscles 
  • Focus on seating posture and pencil grasp 
  • Increase speed and fluency of handwriting 
  • Maximise concentration, attention, and socialisation skills 
  • Review letter formation techniques  

Dates: May 2nd to June 28th 2022
When: 9.30 to 10.30am, Wednesday or Friday groups available 
Where: Connect Health & Community, 2a Gardeners Road East Bentleigh
Cost: $10 per session 
Contact: Jess Smith - 03 9192 8931, Rachel Manderson (OT) – 9575 5370, for group enquiries

Download the flyer here for our Handwriting Group

Kinder Skills Group

The Kinder Skills group will provide you and your child with an invaluable opportunity to practice and strengthen important skills required for Kindergarten. 

  • Gross and fine motor skills 
  • Social skills (sharing, turn taking) 
  • Developmental and educational learning 
  • Emotional regulation  
  • Language development (listening and speaking) 

Dates:  April 27th to June 24th 2022
When: 9:30 to 10:30 am, Wednesday or Friday groups available 
Where: Connect Health & Community, 2a Gardeners Road East Bentleigh
Cost: $10 per session 
Contact: Jess Smith - 03 9192 8931, Rachel Manderson (OT) – 9575 5370, for group enquiries

Download the flyer here for our Kinder Skills Group

Connect with us

See our Contact Us page

Other programs supported by Connect Health & Community:

Southland Striders and Strollers (Cheltenham)

This is a great supervised walking program run at Southland Shopping Centre twice a week. Participants can join the Strollers group or the Striders group allowing for differing paces.

Starting with some gentle warm-ups you will spend around one hour walking through parts of the shopping centre under the guidance of a trained leader and assisted by volunteer staff. Best of all the program is run indoors, so you stay warm and secure, and the program runs throughout the whole year.

It is a collaborative partnership between Westfield Shopping Centre, Waves Leisure Centre, Southern Health, Connect Health & Community and Central Bayside Community Health Service and has been running for more than 9 years.

Where: Southland Shopping Centre.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Waves Leisure Centre on 9559 7111 or Connect Health & Community on 9575 5322.

Parkinsons Support Group

For people with Parkinsons, their families and carers.

When: 1.30 pm on the fourth Monday of the month
Where: Connect Health & Community, Bentleigh East

Bentmoor Men's Shed

Men's Sheds are based around a common interest of arts, crafts, and technical skills but bring these together at a community level. Be a part of this active social group

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.30am - 2.30 pm.
Where: 183-185 Wickham Rd Moorabbin (on the Leighmoor Uniting Church grounds)
Contact: Jeff Needham on 0414 443 803 or Bert Dyt on 0418 362 117



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