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1 November 2023

We all want a good life

Happy community members

Welcome to our first Connect Local newsletter. 

We’ve been so busy connecting residents to the wonderful resources in Glen Eira that we haven’t had a moment to keep you updated with a newsletter. We now plan to keep in touch every couple of months or so to let you know what we've been up to.


We are excited to announce that our little Connect Local team has grown! We now have three amazing Community Connectors -  Ann, Taryn and Lynn. 


In making Connect Local happen, we are privileged to meet incredible people and also to discover fabulous things that are happening in Glen Eira.


This newsletter introduces you to a couple of these people. Ann, one of our Community Connectors and also Isaac who is a participant. We also have included information about some of the many programs currently available in Glen Eira.


Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey.


Warm regards,

The Connect Local Team

You can refer someone (or yourself) to Connect Local by using the referral form on the website or simply phoning 1800 929 022.

The cooking group at Moongala

Isaac and the Cooking Group at Moongala

Because of COVID I isolated myself. And my wife did too. After a while I was losing my mind! I wanted to socialise.


I saw information about Connect Local in a letter the council sent and called them up.


I was very happy about the information they gave me. I have lived in Bentleigh for 40 years, and still didn’t know about all these places!  I now had the opportunity to socialise.


The best activity is the cooking class at Moongala Community House! I don’t really like cooking. I just went and there were all these women. I just joined them – I don’t need to cook, I just chat there. After a while, I dragged my wife there. She was diligent about COVID, and didn’t want to go out, but I was able to take her there. It was fantastic!


It’s changed my life.


Isaac, Bentleigh


Check out all the wonderful courses and activities at Moongala Community House.

Community Directory screen shot

If you haven't browsed the Connect Local website lately, be sure to check out the new search by keyword function in the Community Directory. It makes finding programs and activities so much easier! 

Interested in

Armchair Yoga?

Chair yoga

Godfrey Street Community House offer a gentle exercise class that works and strengthens core muscles that improve balance and posture. Learn to breathe deeply and practice mindfulness for relaxation. There is no floor work and the classes are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Beginners very welcome.


Classes on Tuesday 10:30am – 11:30am and Thursday 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

$8 per class.

Godfrey Street Community House

9 Godfrey Street, Bentleigh


Heatwave Readiness Information Session

Heatwave Readiness Thermometer

It’s expected that a hot summer is approaching. Extreme heat can affect anyone, so it’s important to know the basic steps to take to protect yourself and those close to you.

WHEN  Friday 17 November 2023, 10am - 12pm

WHERE Caulfield South Community House, The Chapel, 450-452 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South

BOOKINGS Free, bookings essential

Cooking up Connections

Older female and younger person enjoying a meal

Another program we'd like to highlight is a new initiative from Glen Eira Council called Cooking Up Connections. It's a meal-sharing and community-strengthening program that connects people who like to cook and connect, with an older resident in our community. Volunteers share an extra portion of their home-cooked meal on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.


They are calling for Diners to participate now, as they have Volunteer Cooks eagerly waiting to be matched with a Diner


To register your interest as a Volunteer Cook or a Diner, visit Cooking Up Connections Glen Eira City Council or contact the Project Support Officer on 9524 3333 or email  cookingupconnections@gleneira.vic.gov.au 

Glen Eira City Council is doing a community survey and wants to understand what Council services are most valued by the community to help them plan for future budgets.  Council is dedicated to provide high-quality services for residents, businesses and visitors now and into the future. To do this well, they want to hear your views to strike the right balance and prioritise appropriately.


Community Members being active

You can have your say by completing this short survey.  https://www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au/priorities

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