Get rid of that stress, feel good about yourself and stay healthy and connected. Find information on physical activity and social groups for older people here.
COTA Cycling is a free social cycling group for older people. They hold rides most Wednesdays. These are suitable for beginner riders through to experienced cyclists. Visit COTA Cycling to read more about the benefits of cycling. You can also view the current timetable or get in touch with organisers.
Life Activities Clubs
Life Activities Clubs is a community organisation for people aged 50+. They offer social, educational, recreational and physical activities through their network of clubs in Victoria. Each Life Activities Club has its own membership subscription, usually $20 – $30 per year. Visit Life Activities Clubs’ website to find a location near you.
OM:NI – Older Men New Ideas Discussion Groups
Older Men: New Ideas (OM:NI) men’s discussion groups provide a safe place for all men over 50 to meet, listen to others and share their knowledge and experiences. To read more about OM:NI groups, find one close to you or watch a video of a group in action, visit our OM:NI page.
Probus is an international organisation for retired and semi-retired people. They offer a wide range of social groups and interest-based activities. These include sports and craft events, a caravan and camping group, along with domestic and international trips. There are hundreds of clubs in Victoria and each one sets their own membership fee. Search for a club near you, or visit the Probus Association of Victoria for more information.
Strength for Life
Strength for Life (formerly Living Longer Living Stronger) is a strength training program for older people. Building and maintaining strength is important for older people to stay active and independent. There are programs at community health and fitness centres around Victoria. Read more about Strength for Life and find a class near you.
University of the Third Age (U3A)
University of the Third Age (U3A) provides classes for people over 50 who are retired or semi-retired. These are designed to be both educational and social. There are no examinations or certificates. There are over 100 U3As across Victoria. U3A charges an annual membership fee and some classes may also have an extra cost. Find a U3A near you online, or call them on (03) 9670 3659.
Victorian Seniors Festival
The Victorian Seniors Festival is held each year in October. It promotes getting out and about in your local community. Over 2500 events and activities are held around Victoria. All Victorian Seniors Card holders receive free public transport for the week. See what’s on this year or view previous highlights on the Victorian Seniors Festival website. You can also call the festival organisers, Seniors Online, on 1300 797 210.
Seniors Clubs are places where people can meet and socialise. Some are based around shared interests while others are more general. Different clubs will have their own rules about membership. Each local council should have a list of clubs available in their area. View a listing of local councils’ websites.
Support for Seniors Clubs
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has a variety of resources to help you run a seniors club. Many of these are available in languages other than English. Information available includes:
- model rules
- financial requirements.
Not-for-profit Law at Justice Connect also has information, including a guide on getting started with running a club.
Sometimes disputes happen within clubs. CAV has information on resolving disputes. Your local council may also be able to help. The Disputes Settlement Centre of Victoria provides free advice and mediation services for clubs and committees. You can also call them on 1300 372 888.
In the webinar below, an expert panel discusses the legal and practical sides of supporting senior citizens’ groups in conflict.