Community Links – organisations and services

On this page, we will include details of the many services and organisations that exist in our region and do so much to strengthen our community.

They cover:

  • Community Services
  • Community Action Groups
  • Support Groups
  • Environmental Groups
  • Service Organisations
  • Educational resources
  • English Conversation Classes
  • Sharing your interests and developing your skills
  • Getting active
  • Music, movies and other marvelous entertainments
  • Getting to know your local area
  • Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses

Scroll down to find out about the many active organisations that we have in our local region and follow the links to make contact with them. And please tell us about your group.  We’d love to include them in this list.

Community Services

Need a Justice of the Peace? Here’s where to go.

A Justice of the Peace is a member of your community authorised to witness signatures on legal documents, swearing/affirming Statutory Declarations and Affidavits, authorizing copies of documents, and witnessing/attesting documents such as wills, application for visas, marriages, and divorces, etc.

One way to find a JP is to go to a Document Signing Station.  These are set up in public spaces such as libraries, community centres, Neighbourhood Centres and Police Stations.  Call the Department of Justice and Community Safety on (03) 8684 0000 or go to to locate your nearest JP.

There is a DSS operating from the Boroondara Police Station at 34 Harp Road, East Kew.  We are in attendance: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-1pm; Thursdays 5pm-7pm except for Public Holidays and periods of lockdown.  No appointment is necessary.

Information supplied by Lindy Anderson Justice of the Peace 

Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse

Neighbourhood Watch in Victoria was started when it was realised that the Police alone could not control the rising crime rate, in particular burglary and related thefts. The support of the public was sought to help reduce crimes such as burglary and theft which resulted in a pilot area opened on June 15, 1983 in Kananook, a suburb of Frankston.

Municipal Councils

Local government is an important layer of Australia’s democracy.  We encourage you to participate in the work of your local council by responding to their calls for submissions on matters they have under consideration.  Listed here are links to the engagement sites for Whitehorse, Boroondara, Manningham and Maroondah.  Other ways to participate include attending regular council meetings and making contact with your local councillor.  Details are readily available on the website for each council.

Have Your Say: Whitehorse

Engage Boroondara

Your Say Manningham

Your Say Maroondah

Community Action Groups

Surrey Hills Progress Association 

The Surrey Hills & Mont Albert Progress Association (SHPA) aims to improve, preserve and advance the neighbourhood of Surrey Hills & Mont Albert, Victoria.

Heatherdale Community Action Group

HCAG is a community organisation committed to work positively and constructively with elected councillors, the council organisation, State government ministers, State instrumentalities and departments and Federal members to achieve its Statement of Purpose.

HCAG’s geographical area of interest is centred on Heatherdale Road (the Maroondah and Whitehorse boundary) and comprises the three closest Maroondah wards and the four closest Whitehorse wards.  Click here to go to their Facebook page.

Community Support Groups

Eastern Area Multiple Birth Association (EAMBA)

EAMBA provides communication, support and services to parents of multiples (twins, triplets, quadruplets, more) within the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We have 120 member families in the Maroondah, Yarra Ranges, City of Knox, Whitehorse and Manningham areas. Our funding comes from membership fees, donations, fundraising and grants.

Our mission

We aim to bring a sense of belonging, provide practical advice and resources, and give emotional support for those raising multiples. We do this through a Facebook group, member only events, playgroups and more.  To find out more about EAMBA, go here:

StreetSmart Australia

The team at StreetSmart believe everyone should have a safe and secure place to call home. Funds raised through our innovative campaigns are distributed through our Community Grants and Material Aid Programs, often privileging locality where donations are fed back into projects as close to where they are raised as possible, and target smaller services who work to support people experiencing homelessness. Since it was founded in 2003, StreetSmart has distributed more than $12 million to over 1,100 local organisations across Australia.


Nadrasca is an NDIS Registered Disability Support Organisation providing a range of services and employment for over 400 people with disability, across 23 locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Go to their website here to find our more about their services

Eastern Emergency Relief Network (EERN)

EERN has been run by volunteers in the east of Melbourne for more than 25 years. It picks up donated furniture and other household items, checks them and places them in a warehouse in Mitcham. Local welfare agencies then bring people and families in need to select items, free of any cost.

The Orange Door

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children. To find our more, go to their website here.

Uniting is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. Go here to find out more about Uniting East Burwood.

The Inclusion Foundation

A for purpose-charity that champions the inclusion of people with Down syndrome. We see an inclusive world where people with Down syndrome are equal, active and respected members of society. Together, we stand proud, we raise our hands in the air, and we say to society, to business, to governments, to everyone, and to anyone… Count me in!

Pathways for Carers Boroondara

Hawthorn Community House has established a new support group in Boroondara, providing unpaid carers with an opportunity to connect with others and receive support, services, and resources.

For more information, carers can contact Hawthorn Community House on 9819 2629 or For more information on the program, visit


The Box Hill Community Bakehouse

The Box Hill Community Bakehouse rescues food from a range of bakeries across Whitehorse, Boroondara and Manningham and provides this food  (including bread, baked goods, fresh produce and other items) free to the local community with a smile and without question.

The Bakehouse takes place at 3 Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill every Thursday at 1:30-2:30pm and every Saturday at 7:30-8:30am. You can follow the Bakehouse at

The Nappy Collective

A community based, not for profit run mostly by volunteers collecting and redistributing nappies to families in crisis. Financial donations to The Nappy Collective support the work of diverting all donated nappies to families that need it most and are tax deductible.  Go to their website here for more information.

MUC Knitters

Manningham Uniting Church and Community Centre

109 Wood St, Templestowe

Every Month from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Ladies with a common interest in knitting come together to create warm garments and soft toys for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers and enjoy afternoon tea together. Everyone is welcome to attend, knitter or not!

Can’t attend, but are a keen knitter? Or have an abundance of wool?  Feel free to download the square knitting pattern and knit away from home, and then drop in your squares in at the Manningham Uniting Church & Community Centre to the joined together to make blankets.

If you have any spare wool, you can drop it off at the Manningham Uniting Church and Community Centre, and your wool will be utilised in the creation of warm garments and soft toys.

Contact Helen on 03 9846 2012;

Environmental Groups

Electrify Boroondara



Electrify Boroondara is a broad alliance of community groups and individuals dedicated to accelerating our transition to a clean energy future. We are part of a growing movement of innovative communities around Australia that are embracing an electric future.

For more information on electrifying your home, visit our detailed guide and read our FAQs about the difference between single phase and 3 phase power and whether you might need to upgrade your switchboard.

Lighter Footprints Inc

Lighter Footprints is a local climate group committed to leading effective climate action.  As a community based organisation working across Melbourne’s inner-east, we aim to influence local, state and national decision makers to urgently halt global warming and take the steps necessary to realise a clean energy future.

Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society Inc.

The Society concerns itself with issues involving the natural landscape within the City of Whitehorse and also regional, statewide and national environmental concerns. Local issues of interest to the society include planning, the built landscape, streetscape character and the management of municipal parks and open spaces.

ACF Community Chisholm

A group of like-minded people in Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Wheelers Hill and surrounds. We work together to run programs and activities to protect nature and take action for climate.

By joining an ACF Community group, you will:

  • be part of a fun local group of people who care about making a real difference
  • meet like-minded community members and work together to run local campaigns to protect nature
  • learn new skills, like engaging with media, stakeholders and decision makers
  • Be connected to a thriving national network of groups like yours!

For more information, click here.

Whitehorse Active Transport Action Group Inc (WATAG)

An association of people with an interest in achieving improved health and environmental sustainability in the Whitehorse region.

Eastern Climate Action Melbourne (ECAM)

A community group of like-minded people passionate about restoring our world to good health where the most dangerous impacts of climate change have been avoided.  We seek to increase community awareness of what each of us can do in our own homes and businesses and to advocate for strong government action to reduce carbon emissions and create a safe climate now.

Bungalook Nursery

Bungalook Nursery focuses on growing plants that are indigenous to the Whitehorse region. Its customers include our local bushland parks, Whitehorse City Council, schools, community organisations, and an increasing number of home gardeners.

Growing our local plants provides food and shelter for our birds, animals and all kinds of little critters.

Now is the time to plan your planting activities from our wide range of quality stock, at only $2.00 per tube.  You are welcome to come and browse, chat with our volunteers, and purchase a few plants for your garden or as a gift.

Bungalook Nursery is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit group run by the Whitehorse Community Indigenous Plant Project:

  • We are open every Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am until 1pm.
  • Our address is 107 Fulton Road, Blackburn South (Wurundjeri Walk) towards Holland Rd.

For more details, email us at, visit our website at, or phone 0400 563 912

Boroondara Hard Rubbish Rehome Inc. (BHRR).

BHRR is a sustainability-focused community group. Non-profit and entirely volunteer-run, it retrieves useable resources from hard rubbish piles and gives them a new life, rehoming them with both charitable organisations and individuals. It also provides a platform for members to rehome their own surplus items – for free.

Please contact them by email at

Friends of Wurundjeri Walk

Location: Fulton Road, Blackburn South, 3130

Accessible via public transport

New Friends Group for Wurundjeri Walk in Blackburn South, currently recruiting new members in order to establish a group of community members that work to enhance the reserve.

Courtesy of Ian Moodie/ George Pergaminelis

Service Organisations

Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills

MASH is a friendly club in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. It is a very active club providing service opportunities for its members both locally and internationally.

Go here to find out how you can become involved.

When: 12.30 pm Tuesdays (except second Tuesday of the month)

Where: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club – 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong

Cost:$42 including lunch

Lions Club of Blackburn

The club operates in the Whitehorse City Council.We are ordinary people doing extraordinary things – supporting people with a disability, caring for the environment and fund raising for worthwhile causes in our local area and around the world.

Probus is Fun and Friendship in Retirement

Make new friends, listen to interesting guest speakers, learn a new skill, explore new interests and hobbies – there is so much to choose from when you become a member of your local Probus Club.

Probus Mont Albert invites you to join in the fun

The members of Probus Mont Albert are friendly, welcoming people with varied social, political, cultural, work experiences.  All are there to lead more fulfilling lives after retirement.

We invite you to find out more about us.  We meet at 10am, every second Friday of the month in the Function Room of the Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill South, 3128.

You will need to contact our Membership Convenor, to arrange an appropriate time to visit and to discuss some administrative details.  Go to our website here or email us at

You won’t regret it!

Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses

 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres in Whitehorse

Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational and recreational activities.  There are ten in Whitehorse.


Introducing Blackburn North Neighbourhood House

Formerly known as Koonung Cottage, Blackburn North Neighbourhood House is located at 109 Koonung Rd Blackburn North and has been serving our community for over 45 years.

Our name may have changed but our mission remains the same: to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment to respond to the social and learning needs of our community and provide a sense of belonging.

We offer a range of low cost or free programs, workshops and events to give community members an opportunity to connect with each other while building skills, getting fit or just having fun. We also have a Childcare Program, rooms available for community hire and a variety of volunteer opportunities. Our staff are fonts of local knowledge and are keen to help, and we pride ourselves on our willingness to respond to community interest. With office hours of 9am to 3pm weekdays during school term, we invite you to pop in and see what we have to offer.

For more information, click here.

Educational resources

The University of the Third Age, Hawthorn, established in 1984, is a community self-help organization, which provides a range of adult education courses, recreational activities and excursions for retired and semi-retired people.

The syllabus is very broad – you can learn a new language, explore the history of other countries or civilizations, participate in a book reading group,  undertake some gentle exercise through Tai Chi or join a walking group.  Go to their website here to discover their rich array of offerings.

There is a low annual membership subscription, currently $50, and there are no additional fees for classes. As long as there are vacancies, members can enrol in as many classes as they like for that one low fee.

Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre (ANLC)

A not-for-profit organisation delivering low-cost adult education, short courses, lifestyle and wellbeing classes, pre-accredited training, and inclusive support services for our local community.
Our friendly, accessible programs include the Men’s Shed, Community Garden, Pathways to Employment courses, Commonwealth Home Support (CHSP), and engaging activities and events for those who are isolated or disadvantaged.
We’re back at 49 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton! We look forward to seeing you at our recently redeveloped Centre. If you haven’t visited, come in and take a tour! Everyone is welcome!

Giant Steps Melbourne

Giant Steps is a registered charity and also a school located in Kew that supports children and adults on the autism spectrum. We do not charge fees and rely heavily on the fundraising efforts of our families and the wider community.

English Conversation Classes

English Conversation on Sundays – Burwood Heights Uniting Church

English Conversation on Sunday

Share your interests, develop your skills

Doncaster Camera Club

 The Doncaster Camera Club is the place for novice and advanced photographers alike to share the joy of photography.  If you enjoy taking pictures, this club is a great way to share your work, meet others with a similar interest and to expand your knowledge and experience.

Ringwood Movie Makers

Ringwood Movie makers is one of Australia’s most successful non-professional movie making clubs. The club members work together on projects, help each other out with technical issues and create scripts and have fun at the same time.
Our Vimeo Channel is:

Waverley Model Railway Club – Men’s Shed

WMRC 2017 Exhibition, Chadderton

Active since 1970, we are a Melbourne based community of small-scale railway enthusiast and modellers. Our members enjoy coming together to share their passion, hone skills, pass on and acquire knowledge and run small scale railways in HO/OO and N scales.

We meet on Thursday evenings for our main train running session, with additional sessions on Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday afternoon. Our clubrooms are in North Dandenong just off the Monash Freeway.

We conduct a model railway exhibition each year on the Kings Birthday Weekend in June at the Brandon Park Community Centre and participate in exhibitions conducted by other clubs around the State.

For more information visit

Vermont Garden Club

Vermont Garden Club was established around 1930 by Vermont Scouts to grow vegetables during the great depression. It later became the Vermont Horticultural & Garden Club and later still the Vermont Garden Club.

As we’ve been going strong for almost a century, we have lots of knowledge and experience to share with potential members and visitors in a friendly and relaxed way. Come along and see for yourself.

Meetings are held at the City of Whitehorse Horticultural Centre, 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill (free off-street parking). They take place at 8pm on every second Thursday of the month except January. Meeting highlights include a trading table, a display bench, demonstrations, guest speakers, a raffle, information about open gardens and shows and lots more, all followed by a delicious supper after the meeting.

The annual membership fee is $25 single and $35 family (no joining fee).  All members receive a monthly newsletter.

Visitors to our meetings are very welcome (gold coin donation please). For further information and/or to advise your intention to attend, please notify our Secretary Louise on 0401 431 239 (Mob); or email her on

Getting active

Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club

The Camberwell Magpies offer a unique pathway through the Australian cricket system; starting with the Junior Blasters program, through to the Master Blasters, our 10 Junior teams and into the four Senior teams. In 2019/20, the Club fielded its first junior girls team, the Blazers, who won the premiership in their first year in the Inner East Girls Cricket (IEGC) competition.

The Club is based at the Camberwell Sports Ground (CSG), which is located on Camberwell Road (on the corner of Bowen Street) and is shared with the Old Scotch Football Club. The CSG hosts First and Second XI matches and club training on Tuesday and Thursday nights during cricket season. Our Third and Fourth XIs play at Watson Park in Ashburton. To find out more go to our website at

Camberwell Hockey Club

Camberwell Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in the state, with over a thousand members, fifty+ playing teams.  To find out what they are doing and how to join them, click here.

The Koonung Bushwalking Club

The Koonung Bushwalking Club schedules several bushwalks for most months throughout the year.  Go to their website here to see their latest planned walk

Visitors who have received double COVID vaccinations are welcome to join the walk. Please book with

Whitehorse Activities Club

Whitehorse Activities Club is a not-for-profit club run by volunteers. It has the sole purpose of providing meaningful activities for people planning for, commencing or who have already retired.

Coffee Club

If you are interested in finding out more about the Whitehorse Activities Club, come along to our coffee club,  which meets every week on Friday morning at 10.30am till 11.30am at the Chase Hotel, 3rd floor, Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre.

They are a friendly group that loves visitors. If you come along, you can meet some of our members and find out all about our club and its activities.

And of course, the coffee is good.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us at

Music, Movies and other Marvelous Entertainments including Theatre

Whitehorse Film Society

The Whitehorse Film Society (WHFS) is your local film society and aims to encourage an interest in films as an entertainment, educational and information medium. We screen a wide variety of quality films. These features include primarily recent commercial releases, “art house”, foreign films and other good quality films from all around the world.

We include:

  • Films with “heart” or which raise social issues
  • Films that throw a light on issues in other countries
  • Films that show you how other people live
  • Films which entertain

Go to their website here to find out more about the Society and their program of films.

Camberwell Music Society

The Camberwell Music Society (CMS) was formed in 1963 and is one of  Australia’s oldest music societies. We are a non-profit organisation,  dedicated to presenting an exciting array of classical music performed  by national and international artists of the highest calibre.

The Society presents concerts at reasonable costs in an informal and  friendly atmosphere. The intimacy of of our concerts enables audiences  to immerse themselves in the performances and to interact with the artists over refreshments provided after each event.  Go here to find out more about CMS

Hawthorn Community House is home to a brand new Youth Theatre Company- Left Over Theatre Company (LOT).

Local theatre Makers Liz Everett and Sarah Hartnell will host ongoing workshops for young people aged 13-17 focusing on devising theatre skills, creatives writing , as well as offering a welcoming and supportive ‘third place’ for teenagers. It would be wonderful if Eastsider News would consider doing an article on LOT. Liz and Sarah have amazing enthusiasm and are committed to this project and to supporting youth that have not accessed programs like this before. LOT will be a place to meet like-minded people in a creative space, where you are given the tools to make art and things that are important to you.

Getting to know your local area

Open Gardens Victoria

Open Gardens Victoria (OGV) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the benefits of gardens and gardening for all Victorians. We assist garden owners to open their private gardens to the public and organise gardening and horticulturally themed events. Our activities are funded by ticket sales, and each year a portion of our surplus is applied to grants under our Giving Program for horticultural projects in the fields of education, wellness, innovation, community and sustainability.

For more information about open gardens and events, visit the Open Gardens Victoria website.