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Staying healthy, well and connected
Edition 8

During COVID-19 we will be sending out a series of health and wellbeing newsletters. Please share this information with your group members and anyone else who may be interested. 

A shout out to your local Community Centre – doors may be shut but they are still delivering lots of services 


Whilst COVID-19 may have stopped many organisations in their tracks, our independently-run Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have responded by taking an adventurous leap into the digital world and home deliveries for many of their programs.

No stranger to supporting people during difficult times, Kingston’s Neighbourhood House volunteer Boards and Committees have been working tirelessly alongside Managers and staff to make sure residents are ok, and their communities remain connected.

Despite huge operational challenges faced, the Centres have continued to offer many support services and low-cost fun and healthy activities for you to join from home.  From meal deliveries, mask-making, Auslan lessons, photography competitions, yoga, art, kid’s activities, gardening tips, social events, or just a friendly listening ear – they continue to deliver vital services. 

Why don’t you show your support for these dedicated local community organisations and volunteers? It has never been easier to ‘have a go’!

To find out more about what’s on offer now, and when childcare and all other programs will resume onsite, visit these My Community Life pages or their Facebook pages:
Aspendale Gardens Community Service (AGCS Facebook page)
Chelsea Heights Community Centre (CHCC Facebook page)
Cheltenham Community Centre (CCC Facebook page)
Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre (DVNC Facebook page)
Longbeach Place Chelsea (LBP Facebook page)
Mordialloc Community Centre (MCC Facebook page)
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House (MNH Facebook page)

New Council wards

The Victorian Government has announced that, from the 2020 October Local Government elections, the City of Kingston will have a new ward system. The City of Kingston will have 11 wards, each with a single councillor representative.

View detailed maps of the new wards: 

Find out more about local Council Elections.

Council Ward demographics


To learn more about the social demographics of your ward select from the below:

Call-to-Test - Reaching out to vulnerable Victorians



Vulnerable Victorians can get tested at home to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Call-to-Test service is for people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons. 

The Call-to-Test service is available to:  

  • people with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility 
  • people with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability 
  • people with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability 
  • carers for a person with moderate to severe disability. 

You must be over five years of age to access this service. 

Close contacts without symptoms can use the Call-to-Test service if they have been told by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to get tested and meet any of the criteria listed above. 

Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 9 to find out if you are eligible for this service.

Learn more by downloading this file Call-to-Test service in Easy English (Word).

For more information visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/call-to-test-covid-19.

Holding AGMs during COVID-19


An AGM is a legal requirement for incorporated associations. In Victoria, incorporated associations are required to hold their AGMs within 5 months after the end of their financial year. This tradition has been disrupted by social distancing rules as face to face meetings became unfeasible during the COVIC-19 crisis.

What are the alternatives for your community group? This tip sheet will provide basic information to help your group to navigate and explore viable options to fulfil your AGM obligations.

Capturing local experiences of COVID-19 for the Kingston Local History collection


You are invited to help us capture this unprecedented moment in history through the #Kingstoniso project. 

We are living through history. This is a once-in-a-century event that we would like to document for the future. 

Share your photographs, videos, writings or artwork that capture the images and experiences of the Kingston community during COVID-19 isolation.

Show us how you’re spending your time at home – you might be working, home schooling, taking up a new hobby, or connecting with family & friends online. You can also capture scenes from around your neighbourhood as you exercise at the local park or head to the shops.

Together we can create a living history that can be shared for decades to come through the Kingston Local History collection. 

Simply share on your social media using #Kingstoniso or email us direct at kingstoniso@kingston.vic.gov.au.

For more information visit www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Community/Kingstoniso-Project.

Kingston Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020


Kingston’s Seniors Festival Reimagined Booklet 2020 is here.

The Kingston Seniors Festival celebrates ageing positively throughout the month of October and recognises the important contribution older people make to our community.

As a safety precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council made the decision to cancel this year’s Festival. Nevertheless, COVID-19 can’t stop us from honouring our Seniors.

This year’s Booklet outlines a range of information and is an opportunity to celebrate our Seniors. Read stories about active seniors, learn about services specifically for older people and let’s celebrate positive and active ageing in Kingston. 

Ongoing restrictions have meant that booklet will be unable to be collected at the usual locations.

Selected Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in Kingston have kindly agreed to distribute them on our behalf. Please see below for where you can collect your copy from Thursday 1st October 2020.

  • Coles Mentone: Corner Brindisi Street and Mentone Parade, Mentone
  • Coles Patterson Lakes: Gladesville Shopping Centre, Gladesville Blvd, Patterson Lakes
  • Coles Southland: Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham
  • Woolworths Chelsea: 31-33 Bath Street, Chelsea
  • Woolworths Clarinda: Corner Bourke Road and Viney St, Clarinda
  • Woolworths Dingley Village: 89 Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village
  • Woolworths Moorabbin: Corner Redholme Street and Taylor Lane, Moorabbin

For more information, please contact our Positive Ageing Officer on 9581 4797 or at community@kingston.vic.gov.au.

COVID-19 Community Survey

Remember to keep filling out the COVID-19 community survey.  
 
The results will help Council provide targeted services, respond to changing community needs and make sure we are caring for our community.

Haven't signed up yet? Simply click here to take part. We will check in with you weekly for the first 2 months, after that we will check in with you every month. We thank you for your feedback, your responses will help us help the community. 
Click Here to Start Survey

COVID-19 Community Support Hotline

Please call the Kingston COVID-19 Community Support Hotline on 1300 653 356 to find out information on local agencies providing emergency food aid, home support services, financial counselling/assistance, family violence support and mental health services.

Victorian Statement Government 
The City of Kingston acknowledges the funding contribution made by the State Government of Victoria for the development of the My Community Life website, supporting resources and the delivery of community training sessions.
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