Recreation and community activities

Three people smiling in community garden 

Maintaining friendships and participating in community life and activities is important for your health and wellbeing.

Each day of the week, activities are hosted by us and by various community groups. Find out about our community activities.

Find out more about Yarra Leisure's Living Longer Living Stronger program.

Senior's Hubs

Residents of Yarra aged 50-years and over are welcome at our Senior's Hubs, to take part in a range of activities and make social connections.

The hubs are located at Richmond and Collingwood.

  • Richmond Seniors' Hub - 1 Hosie Street, Richmond
  • Collingwood Seniors' Hub - 4 Eddy Court, Collingwood

 View the activities timetable.

Free transport to and from the hubs is available.

Our seniors hubs are places to meet new friends, participate in activities and learn new skills.

Our exercise classes focus on strength and balance, where residents of all abilities can be challenged! Our qualified instructor takes the group through a number of songs and exercises, where they are able to improve their strength, mobility and balance week by week.

The art group work on individual projects, with ideas and inspiration enhanced by a regular facilitator. The afternoon is full of chatting and laughter, and supplies are provided.

The music and singing group enjoy some time with a professional musician, who provides the background for some friendly singing, where all voices are welcome.

Community lunches are available at Collingwood, where residents can enjoy an affordable meal and good company.  

We are always looking for new activities to engage our older residents, like Tai Chi, dancing and anything else that may be of interest. If you host a particular activity, or are interested in attending one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 9205 5439.

Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

Located at 182 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North.

Some of Yarra's cultural groups meet in the community rooms at our new library.

The Yugoslavian, Serbian and Greek groups meet on different days of the week for social activities and to prepare a meal and eat together.


50+ social and recreational groups

There is a range of social and recreational groups in Yarra that cater for the needs and interests of residents aged fifty and over. These groups offer a variety of activities, ranging from arts and craft to gentle exercise.

Visit our events calendar to find out about what's on offer in Yarra.

For more information about local seniors groups, call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email

LGBTI Elders Dance Club

Rainbow balloon banner at LGBTI Older People Dance rehearsal

All lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) elders and their allies are invited to Fitzroy Town Hall for a free social dance club to learn new dance moves, enjoy delicious catering and drinks, and socialise with other LGBTI elders and allies!

Yarra Men's Shed

Yarra Men's Shed welcomes both men and women of any age and from all cultural backgrounds, to meet and work on projects at their own pace.  Members have the opportunity to become involved in 2 or 3 community projects a term and have access to a woodwork shed.

Woodwork, gardening and participating in community projects are just some of the activities enjoyed by people who attend Yarra Men’s Shed.

Executive Committee Member Kevin Shea says:

 "Men's Sheds are places where men can get together, work on projects to help their local community and at the same time talk over their problems".

 Secretary Richard de Kleyn says:

 "The space provides an opportunity for members, community organisations and residents from the broader Yarra community to be welcomed, feel connected and participate in great initiatives and activities". 

Yarra Men’s Shed is located in Hoddle Street, next door to Collingwood Neighbourhood House and operates from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 1pm.

To join or find out more, call Richard de Kleyn during operating hours at 9417 4856.

The Yarra Men’s Shed is supported financially by Yarra City Council, the Office of Housing, Collingwood and Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Other community activities and groups

Many other services and community groups provide social, exercise and learning activities for residents over 50 years of age.

They include: