Do you need help to get out and about, meet new people and try new things?  

No matter whether you’re sporty, creative, adventurous or social, we’re here to help you get out of your house and into your community. 

 

What is social and community participation? 

Assistance with Social and Community Participation in a category within the Core Supports area of your NDIS plan.  

Support services in this category help you become more confident around other people, so you can connect with your friends, family, and community.  

You may use your funding in this category to improve your communication skills, become more independent, go out with your mates, or get involved in mainstream sports or clubs. What is great about social and community participation? It is both flexible and unique to you. It’s all about what you want to do and the life you want to live.   

 

Social groups 

Do you want to take part in activities that challenge and inspire you? We host a range of social groups throughout the week to support you to make new friends and experience exciting opportunities. 

Contact us to talk about which social group is right for you.

 

Adults 

Our Choice  

Get out and about in your community with like-minded adults up to four days a week from 9 am until 2 pm. 

Enjoy day trips to regional towns, art galleries, festivals, sports events and live music. Get outdoors with bushwalking, cycling, fishing, gardening and swimming. Embraces your creative side with art, craft, and cooking. Activities are tailored to you and your group, so don’t be shy about suggesting new ideas.  

Available in Bendigo.  Coming soon to Mildura.

 

Chill on the Hill  

Hang out with friends after your day at school, work or day program.  This relaxing afternoon  

program is run between 3 pm – 6 pm Tuesday and Thursday at our new venue, Connect Church in East Bendigo. 

This chilled-out group social group embraces activities such as cooking, games, gardening, video games, movies, sport, crafts, jewellery making, and more! Activities are tailored to you, so make sure to tell us about your favourite hobbies and interests. 

Available in Bendigo. 

 

Adult Social Groups 

A relaxed fortnightly catch-up with your friends and peers who understand what it’s like to live with a disability. Regular activities include dinner at local restaurants, concerts, bowling, swimming, sporting events, art shows, go-karting, markets and much more! This group facilitates community access with support to assist with the development of social skills and friendships. 

Available in Bendigo and Mildura. 

 

Social Butterflies

Take some time for yourself and bond with other women living with a disability while you enjoy a ladies’ day out. Make new friends whilst you create, explore and develop new skills with regular activities such as art, craft, cooking, wellbeing and mindfulness, coffee catchups, spa and pamper days and trips to the movies. 

Available in Bendigo and Mildura.

 

Active Life

A fortnightly social group with a focus on getting active and having fun in your community with people who understand what it’s like to live with a disability

You’ll enjoy activities such as art galleries, festivals, sports events, and live music. Get outdoors with bushwalking, cycling, fishing, gardening, and swimming and embrace your creative side with art, craft, and cooking.

Available in Mildura.

 

Mildura Basketball for All

This group of keen basketballers gets together for skills training and friendly games each week at the Mildura Hothouse.

This program is a great way to have fun and get a sense of achievement and is open to people of all ages and abilities living in Mildura and Mallee.

Volunteer coaches and support workers are often involved in helping participants learn new skills and achieve new sporting goals, with modified rules and activities to make gameplay more accessible.

Available in Mildura.

 

Teens 

Youth Social Groups 

A casual fortnightly catch-up with other teens aged 13-18 who understand what it’s like to grow up living with a disability. Regular activities include dinner at local restaurants, live gigs, cinemas, go-karts, trampolining, laser tag and much more! This group facilitates community access with support to assist with the development of social skills and friendships. 

Available in Bendigo and Mildura. 

 

Kids 

Awesome Kids  

We have two Fortnightly Saturday morning groups for kids aged six to nine and nine to 12. 

Here the kids build their social skills, develop sportsmanship and coordination with regular activities, such as adapted sport, scooter and bike riding, swimming, barefoot bowls, treasure hunts, bowling, trampolining and more! 

Available in Bendigo 

 

Super Saturdays

Kids and teens aged between eight and 18 can join Super Saturdays to participate in various individual and group activities in the community.

This group is designed to get your child out in your community to socialise, meet friends and have fun.

Activities include swimming, mini-golf, bowling, movies, Inflatable World, music, picnics, meals, and more!

Available in Mildura.

 

NDIS support categories 

Social groups are generally funded under one of the following categories in your NDIS plan. 

  • Core – Assistance with Social and Community Participation 
  • Capacity Building – Increased Social and Community Participation 

Sometimes you’ll be asked to make a small payment towards an activity or meal if it’s not covered by NDIS funding. We try to keep costs as affordable as possible. We always advise you if there’s a cost for an activity, so you can choose whether to participate.

 

Social group timetable