mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, Malvern East

mecwacare’s Barry Fenton Centre (formerly known as Bowen Street Centre) in Malvern East offers social group programs, strength training, podiatry, day trips, activities for people with an acquired brain injury, a dementia support program, and a carers’ support group. Services are offered to people over 65, or younger people who have a disability, under the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Community Services in Stonnington

Support Groups

Support groups provide opportunities for people to connect with their community. This includes people with dementia and people with disabilities, who can participate in a variety of engaging, rewarding programs and activities at our day centres, as well as in the community.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Monday Music Program

mecwacare’s Monday Music Program offers fun and interactive music activities. These activities include performances by local entertainers, while mecwacare’s trained staff assist with the program and afternoon tea is provided. Transport to and from the Barry Fenton Centre in Malvern East is included.

Who can join? Persons living in Supported Residential Services in the City of Stonnington and surrounding areas, persons with a disability, or persons over the age of 65.

When: Every Monday from 1pm to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Monday Mixed Social Program

Our mixed social program on Mondays offers a broad range of activities, including gentle exercises, musical entertainers, guest speakers, socialisation, games, and quizzes. We also arrange restaurant outings, community outings, cultural days, and art and craft classes. mecwacare’s trained staff run regular planning sessions where client input is used to develop each eight-week program. Morning tea and a healthy two-course lunch is provided. Transport is also available by the mecwacare bus, or by a taxi, if required.

Who can join? People who live in the Southern Region, who are over the age of 65, or who have a disability.

When: Every Monday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Tuesday Men’s Program

As part of mecwacare’s Tuesday men’s program, we offer gentle exercises, musical entertainment, guest speakers, games, and socialisation. We also arrange outings into the community to restaurants and local attractions.

Who can join? People who live in the Southern Region, are over the age of 65, or have a disability can join the program.

When: Every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Wednesday Women’s Program

As part of our Wednesday women’s program, we offer gentle exercises, musical entertainment, art and craft, guest speakers, games, and socialisation. We also arrange outings into the community to restaurants and local attractions.

Who can join? People who live in the Southern Region, are over the age of 65, or have a disability can join the program.

When: Every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Thursday Go Getters Program

Our Go-Getters Program on Thursdays offers a broad range of activities for people with an acquired brain injury, including gentle exercises, musical entertainers, guest speakers, and socialisation. We also arrange outings, cultural days, and art and craft classes. mecwacare’s trained staff run regular planning sessions where client input helps develop the eight-week program. Morning tea and a healthy two-course lunch is provided. Transport is also available by the mecwacare bus, or by taxi, if required.

Who can join? People with an acquired brain injury or disability that live in the Southern Region and surrounding areas.

When: Every Thursday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Friday Mix-It-Up Program

mecwacare’s Mix-It-Up Program offers a broad range of activities for people with an acquired brain injury, including gentle exercises, tai chi and meditation, musical entertainers, guest speakers, games, quizzes, and socialisation. We also arrange outings, cultural days, and art and craft classes. mecwacare’s trained staff run regular planning sessions where client input helps develop the eight-week program. Morning tea and a healthy two-course lunch is provided. Transport is also available by the mecwacare bus, or by a taxi, if required.

Who can join? People with an acquired brain injury or disability that live in the Southern Region and surrounding areas.

When: Every Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Strength Training

Strength training helps you regain and maintain muscle strength, as well as improve balance, flexibility, bone density, and coordination. It can also reduce the risk of falls, while increasing your confidence and wellbeing.

As part of mecwacare’s strength training program, our trained staff and a qualified fitness instructor design progressive training to suit your existing fitness level. Your progress is regularly monitored throughout the program. We recommend two sessions per week for maximum benefit.

Who can join? People who live in the Southern Region and are over the age of 65, or who have a disability.

When:

  • Every Monday from 10am to 11.15am, and from 11.45am to 1pm
  • Every Tuesday from 11am to 12.15pm
  • Every Wednesday from 10am to 11.15am, and from 11.45am to 1pm
  • Every Thursday from 11am to 12.15pm

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

Download program flyer HERE.

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Carers’ Support Group

mecwacare’s carers’ support group provides education, support, and opportunities for carers to meet, socialise, and support each other in their caring role.

This group understands how difficult the role of a carer can be.

Come and share your experiences, exchange ideas, develop networks, build friendships, and be informed by guest speakers who will offer advice, valuable information, and links to services.

Who can join? Please phone us to find out how you can join: 03 9564 5100.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Acquired Brain Injury Group

Clients with an acquired brain injury or a disability who attend mecwacare’s Barry Fenton Centre in Malvern East can attend specific events and programs organised and supervised by our qualified staff. These enjoyable activities also provide respite for carers.

Who can join? Please phone us to find out how you can join: 03 9564 5100.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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Dementia Support Program

mecwacare’s Barry Fenton Centre in Malvern East offers a support program that assists people with dementia to stay engaged, stimulated, and connected to their local community.

We provide a safe and caring environment in a small group setting that provides socialisation, outings, and a transit program. This program provides respite for informal primary carers, such as family members.

When: Every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.

Where: mecwacare Barry Fenton Centre, 72 Bowen Street, Malvern East. Phone: 03 9564 5100.

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