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New year, new take on the Lively Gazette!

Greetings dear Lively community!

There are a few changes in the works at Lively, and the Gazette is undergoing a this space for the next chapter coming soon!

We couldn't leave you high and dry without something to muse over, so please enjoy a few recent pics and anecdotes from the lively activities over the past couple of months!

Pop-up tech help at the Church of All Nations, Carlton

Towards the end of 2023, we were invited by the City of Melbourne to send along a couple of Lively Helpers to attend the Church of All Nations community lunch in Carlton every fortnight to offer social and tech support to older local residents. Helper Ann (pictured left) is offering some friendly tech help to a local resident .

Ayan, from the Church of All Nations (pictured to the right with Helper Aisha) said:

"It's really great having the on-going, regular presence of the Lively Helpers each time as the local residents get to know them and feel more confident to attend the lunch. They have someone eager to engage with them and listen to their stories, and offer tech help where required."

We are working on getting these pop-up tech help sessions up and running again soon, so stay tuned!

Tech Connect for seniors in the City of Melbourne

We have resumed weekly sessions of friendly tech help for seniors in South Yarra, North Melbourne and Kensington in partnership with the City of Melbourne. Click here for more info and to book a spot.

We now have intergenerational tech help programs on the Mornington Peninsula!

Our helpers are running weekly sessions in several libraries - Mornington, Hastings, Somerville and Rosebud in partnership with the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Social media switching hands

After a year of splashing her creative posts across Lively's socials, Serena (right) has handed the job over to another Lively Helper, Lillian (left) to stand at the helm for a stint.

Our helpers have been chatting about getting more engagement on our socials so head over to our Instagram page to see a new reel of one of our members talking about her Lively Helpers.

Pearl of Wisdom from our Darebin Member, Anastasia:

Anastasia brought this quote along to our most recent Lively Brains Trust meet up, a bi-monthly meeting with a small group of our Darebin program members. We pick their brains and gather information from their experiences with their Lively Helpers, what is most important to them and their perspective on how we might improve things.

This month we connected through heart-felt stories on ageing; acknowledging loss of independence and how we might navigate conversations with family around this. Anastasia wasn't sure who penned this quote, but wanted to share it with us. It feels so rich and hopeful - that after many years of 'toiling the soil' and 'sowing seeds' in our lives, we might be able to slow down and enjoy the harvest of our efforts as we age.

Growing our foot print

We are pretty excited to have hired new Lively Helpers on the Mornington Peninsula, and we are also starting up our in-home services in the City of Merri-bek through a CHSP funded program.

If you are an aged care provider, or work with CHSP clients through your local Council, please reach out to us at: or call 03 9070 4746 to explore our intergenerational programs in your area.

That's it for this time, stay well and we'll be in touch!

Are you a Member, Helper or Friend of Lively with a pearl of wisdom or any content ideas

- an interesting article, book or podcast about ageing - that you’d like to share with Lively Gazette readers? We'd love your contribution!

Please email us at or click HERE!


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