Community Groups

Ferntree Gully Lions Club

When: Meets on the first Tuesday (7.30pm) and 3rd Saturday (10.30am) of the month.
Where: Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Glenfern Road, Ferntree Gully
Membership of Lions is from age 18.

Contact: President, Ian 0406 526 592 or Alan 9850 6999 – Email alan.r.f@bigpond.com

Ferntree Gully View Club

Ferntree Gully View Club meets on the 4th Monday of each month (except December) and includes a 2 course lunch, tea/coffee at a cost of $25.

They have a meeting then a speaker or entertainment.

The Ferntree Gully View Club supports the Smith Family to raise money through luncheons and in-house functions. They support a refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence as well as supporting five students through the ‘Learning for Life’ program with the Smith family.

Conversation Café

When: Every second Friday
Where: Realm Library, Level 2. Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Cost: Free

Is English your second language? Come along to the Conversation Café, meet a friendly group of people and improve your English skills over a cuppa!
For more information call: 9800 6430.

Ferntree Gully Film Society

When: Fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm
Where: Cinema Europa, Village Cinemas Knox

Cost: Annual subscription $85 for 11 sessions. Seniors Card not applicable, concession rate $80 for pensioners and students, discount coffee at Cinema Europa Bar for subscribers

Enquiries: 8756 4286

Lunch at Thom’s Place

When: Fridays at 10am
Where: St Thomas Anglican Church, Mount View Road, Upper Ferntree Gully

Come along on Fridays from 10:00 am for a chance to chat with friends and enjoy a nourishing lunch, served at 12 noon.
The meal is free but donations are most welcome.

Enquiries: Phone 9754 2141

The Knox Craft Collective

The Knox Craft Collective is a growing network of craft artists and businesses from the eastern suburbs.

It is free to join and offers many benefits for members including: ongoing networking opportunities; regular newsletter; monthly meet-ups; workshops; participation at festivals and major events; free promotion of your craft business or practice through Knox Craft Collective publications and networks.

To be part of this network please email: knoxcraft@knox.vic.gov.au.

Scrabble – Bayswater Library

When: 2nd Monday of each month
Where: Bayswater Library, Mountain High shopping centre, 7/13 High Street, Bayswater
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Contact: 9800 6498

Bayswater Library hosts a fun scrabble afternoon on the 2nd Monday of each month. Come along and play scrabble. If you have a scrabble board bring it along.

SaturDads

A Saturday morning playgroup for children up to age 7 years and their dads/male carers.

Come along with your children and be part of the fun. Meet other dads/male carers. Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Learn new games and activities to share with your children. Healthy morning tea supplied.
Mum, grandparents or other carers are also welcome to join in for the first couple of sessions.

When: Every Saturday morning, 9:00am to 11:30am
Where: Maroondah Social and Community Health Centre, rear 75 Patterson Street, Ringwood East. (Enter through St. Stephens’s church car park, Freeman Street)
Cost: Free. For more information call 9837 3999

Coonara Community House – Volunteer Training Program

The reception area at Coonara is staffed by volunteers, who work in conjunction with the co-ordinators to attend to the many essential tasks.

Through the volunteer training program, volunteers can develop skills and learn to use a range of office systems and equipment.

Areas covered include: telephone skills, taking enrolments, receipting of payments, filing,
word processing, data entry with a variety of computer programs, sending and receiving email, using fax machine, answering machine, binder and guillotine.

Volunteers are rostered either on a morning shift 9:30am to 12:30pm or afternoon 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

If you think you would like to join the team of volunteers, speak to one of the co-ordinators
at Coonara House on 0429 968 822 or email office@volunteerforknox.com.au

Families Anonymous

Where: Community Centre – St Jude’s Catholic Church – 49 George St, Scoresby
When: Thursdays 7pm
Contact: 0435758095 or email famanon1693@yahoo.com

If you are struggling with the heartbreak of trying to cope with an alcohol or drug abuser, you are not alone.

Families Anonymous have created a safe haven where families can share their problems with others who understand – and welcomes anyone willing to share anguish and concern over a loved one involved with drugs and/or alcohol.

Participants are only known by their first names. There is no cost associated with this service.

Stepping Out

Where: EACH Burwood Highway Ferntree Gully site, Court House Venue
When: Monday 12 August-16 September 2019
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

A six week family violence support group for women who have experienced past or current issues of family violence/abuse in their relationships. Once registered, a worker will contact you for a one on one conversation prior to the group starting.

You can contact EACH on 1300 003 224.

Writing for Hope

Where: Boronia Progress Hall – 134 Boronia Road, Boronia
When: Thursdays 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free

Writing for Hope is a creative writing course workshop for survivors of family violence in which participants journey from telling their stories to crafting them into the short story form as an empowerment tool.

The course includes: telling the stories and writing down the bones, the elements of short story, creating a writer’s toolbox, finding your voice, exploring writing styles, self-critique and engaging with feedback. Outcomes of the course include a production of an anthology of short stories in manuscript form for publication by Odyssey Books.

Participants reclaim dignity in being a survivor. Both the stories and the process of writing
have the potential to empower. The skills gained include sketch-boarding, drafting copy, structural and copy editing, language development skills and self-review – all employable skills.

For more information contact The Basin Community House on 9761 0209.

Improve your public speaking at Toastmasters

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7.15pm
Where: Upwey Community Centre, 1443 Burwood Highway, Upwey.

Toastmasters started in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, as a way of helping young men to improve public speaking and leadership skills. Now worldwide and inclusive (though you must be over 17), the Toastmasters program continues to offer training in speaking in a fun and supportive environment.

Contact: Malcolm Brown 0437 966 717