Seniors Festival - Mornington Peninsula


Stay tuned - Seniors Festival will be back in 2022!

If you would like to organise an event during October for the 2022 Mornington Peninsula Seniors Festival, please email or call the Positive Ageing Officer on 5950 1698. 

While we finalise our 2022 program, let's have a look at what was happening in and around the Mornington Peninsula during last year's Seniors Festival:

Seniors Festival Reimagined: A message from the Victorian Seniors Festival

In 2021, Seniors Festival Reimagined is presenting a very diverse and rich mix of programming for our online and radio audiences.

With new performances added every month we have curated some very special programs for you to enjoy. Featuring programs from a range of cultures in our diverse society, bringing cultural leaders and emerging artists together in conversation, and meeting artists and cultural practitioners in their studios and workplace – the 2021 Festival Reimagined will surprise and delight you.

What can you expect? Think of the classic old English rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. We have been inspired to produce creative programming that expresses continuity, optimism for the future and learnings from generation to generation. 

Visit the Seniors Online website for more information and links to monthly broadcasts. You can also access all of the programs through the Victorian Seniors Festival YouTube channel and Soundcloud. The Seniors Festival team have also produced a handy guide to their online programming in an 'active pdf': simply download the Seniors Festival Reimagined Program(PDF, 1MB), click on any performances that you're interested in, and you'll be taken straight to the relevant page on the Seniors Online website!

Need some assistance accessing programs on the Seniors Festival Reimagined website? Download this step-by-step guide to Helping people access Seniors Festival online programming(PDF, 3MB).

Inaugural Australian Ageism Awareness Day

Friday 1 October. Online launch at 10-11am via Zoom.

EveryAGE Counts is launching the first national opportunity to draw attention to the existence and impacts of ageism in Australia, which is a critical step to changing community attitudes, coinciding with the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons. EveryAGE Counts is organising a virtual morning tea with the theme ‘Ageism. Know it. Name it’, featuring guest speakers and short videos. Individuals and groups are invited to gather online (or in person where restrictions permit) with their friends and associates to host the event.

If a morning tea cannot be hosted on the day, it can be hosted whenever it suits. The Toolkit provided by EveryAGE Counts to morning tea hosts will be relevant for ageism campaigning activities beyond this inaugural Ageism Awareness Day. 

For more information, or to register for the online launch or to host your own morning tea, visit the EveryAGE Counts Australian Ageism Awareness Day website.

Seniors Festival Reimagined on the Mornington Peninsula 

Please note that due to the current COVIDSafe settings, most Seniors Festival events have now been moved online. Interested in any of the activities below but can't a attend online session? We would love for you to make contact with our event organisers to find out what programs they might have on offer for you when restrictions ease after October.

To have your Mornington Peninsula Seniors Festival offers and activities added to this list, please email details to or phone 5950 1698.

We are delighted to share the following events and offers for you: 

YMCA's Camp Manyung's Get Active Expo for 55+


YMCA Camp Manyung have partnered with Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Shire and Frankston City Council to bring you annual Get Active Expos. As part of Seniors Festival, locals aged 55+ are usually invited to join us at picturesque Camp Manyung in Mount Eliza to discover new opportunities to ‘get active’. The Expos are a fantastic chance to explore and adopt new activities into your life, meet local community organisations, chat with other like -minded people and appreciate the surrounds as you enjoy morning tea. There is something for everyone at the Get Active Expos: from archery, cricket, croquet, walking groups, table tennis, chair yoga to Camp Manyung’s own Giant Swing for a truly invigorating experience!

Unfortunately, COVIDSafe settings require us to postpone our 2021 Get Active Expo, but we will be back, bigger and better, in 2022! While we now won’t be able to celebrate with you on 1 October, we are thinking of you on this International Day of Older Persons.

We would still love to connect with you. For more information on what we will have on offer for you at YMCA Camp Manyung in the future, get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 9788 1100. 

'Recycle for Sight' with the Lions at Bentons Square

In conjunction with the Lions Club of Mt Martha, Bentons Square Shopping Centre are recognising local seniors who are willing to help those who are disadvantaged in our community and overseas through the Lions’ Recycle for Sight program. There is a global need for recycled glasses frames. More than one in seven people living in a Third World country require glasses to improve their educational outcomes, increase independence, and just to enjoy the same quality of sight that so many of us take for granted.

We’re calling on seniors in our community to donate their old, unused glasses frames. Any type of glasses – including readings glasses and sunglasses – where the frames are still in reasonable condition will be gratefully received and distributed to those in need by the Lions Club of Mt Martha. Marked donation bins will be available at Bentons Square Shopping Centre for the month of October. Let’s celebrate Seniors Festival together by supporting such a wonderful program.

Bentons Square Shopping Centre is located at 210 Dunns Road, Mornington.

Keeping backyard chooks: An online interactive workshop

Saturday 2 October, 10:30am - 12pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Come along to this workshop by Ella from Chooktopia and learn how to create a healthy, happy chooktopia of your own. The workshop will cover chook health, nutrition, housing and protection from predators, as well as sustainability and benefits of keeping these delightful animals. Ella will also talk about local law guidelines to help you plan out a productive chook yard. 

Tickets are $20. For more information and to book online visit For enquiries, email or phone 5974 1005.

Downsizing and decluttering workshop

Monday 4 October, 1:30 - 3pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

If you are looking to downsize and are feeling completely overwhelmed, you are not alone. The big task ahead may stir up mixed emotions. However, if it's time to transition, moving into a more manageable home will lead to a happier and healthier you. Join Julia Dyer from Downsizing Connections for an interactive information session on downsizing and decluttering.

To book online, visit the Downsizing Connections website, or contact Julia on or 0404 293 485.

Seniors Festival at the Briars

Wednesday 6 October – Friday 8 October, Wednesday 13 October – Friday 15 October only

Present your seniors card at the Briars Nursery and receive 1 free indigenous plant. The range includes tube stock of ground covers, grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Limit 1 per person.

For more information, visit the Briars Nursery at 450 Nepean Highway in Mount Martha, email or call phone 5974 8417.

Introduction to My Health Record

Friday 8 October, 3 - 4pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Are you overwhelmed by the digital world of health care? Would you like to learn more about My Health Record? My Health Record can store all your health information in one place with any access to that information remaining in your control. Mornington Peninsula Libraries can teach you how during this workshop. Join us online via Zoom for an information session about My Health Record, Australia’s national digital health record system. Learn how to manage your own health information online and where to access health and well-being resources through the library. Free, but bookings essential.

For more information or to book online, visit Our Library’s event listing, or contact Mornington Library on or 5950 1820.  

Come and try a Tai Chi session

Tuesday 12 October, 1 - 2pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Tai Chi is a series of gentle movements which are designed to stimulate the muscles and tendons, while developing strength and coordination.  It is practiced world-wide to improve overall health and well-being. Not only does this exercise system have physical benefits, it also improves cognitive function, including memory and focus.  Practicing Tai Chi reduces stress and anxiety and develops a sense of calm and stillness. This online session will be for beginners where you will learn some relaxation methods and a short form of Tai Chi. Free, but bookings essential. 

For more information or to book online, visit Our Library's event listing, or contact Mornington Library on or 5950 1820.

Compost like a champion!

Friday 15 October, 10:30am-12pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Discover how to make the most of your household and garden waste in this hands-on workshop. Our composting expert will provide insights into creating a rich and natural conditioner for your garden, explain composting, worm farms and Bokashi, tips for composting in small spaces and information for Shire residents on the new food waste collection system and the compost rebate.

FREE for seniors. For more information and to book online visit For enquiries, email or phone 5974 1005. 

Summer-wise homes

Friday 15 October, 1 - 2:30pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Come and see what the Eco House has on display and learn how to prepare your home for summer without breaking the bank. Our simple but informative session, will provide easy, cost-effective ways to make your home cool and energy efficient, helping to keep you comfortable and safe during the warmer months.

FREE for seniors. For more information and to book online visit For enquiries, email or phone 5974 1005. 

Get Online Week

18 - 24 October

Get Online Week is a digital inclusion campaign organised by Good Things Foundation. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no one should be left behind. Through Good Things Foundation’s network of community organisations in Australia and with the help of our supporters, online (or COVIDSafe face-to-face) events and activities will again take place in hundreds of communities to spread the Get Online Week message that everyone can get online and get connected.

For more information, visit the Get Online Week website. To find an event locally, or even on the other side of Australia, check out the Get Online Week interactive map. If you need support to find your closest in-person or online event, call the Good Things Foundation on 1300 795 897.

Get Online Week at Our Library: Choosing the right device

Monday 18 October, 2 - 3pm. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Mornington Peninsula Libraries in conjunction with Stay in Touch Technology Tutoring present an online session to help you choose the right device. You'll learn about the different devices and what they do, how to determine which is right for you, and things to consider when purchasing technology to suit your budget and need. It's a relaxed, nurturing and fun session for new and experienced users. lucky attendee will win an iPad. Free, but bookings essential.

For more information or to book online, visit Our Library's event listing, or contact Mornington Library on or 5950 1820.

Get Online Week at Our Library: Computer maintenance

Tuesday 19 October, 10 - 11am. NOW ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Mornington Peninsula Libraries in conjunction with Stay in Touch Technology Tutoring presents an online session to help you maintain your computer. In this session you will learn:

  • how to keep your computer running efficiently and safe, 
  • how to remove viruses and malware, 
  • some basic routine maintenance tasks you can perform on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.   
This is a relaxed, nurturing and fun session for all Mac and Windows computer users, and you can participate from the comfort of your own home on your own device. For those that are new to Zoom meetings, do not worry.  We will open the meeting up one hour prior for registrations to assist anyone that needs help joining. lucky attendee will win an iPad! Free, but bookings essential.
For more information or to book online, visit Our Library's event listing, or contact Mornington Library on or 5950 1820.


Southern Peninsula Choir's Singing Workshop for Seniors Festival

POSTPONED UNTIL 2022: Tuesday 1 February, 4 - 6pm. 

Come and learn some vocal techniques, meet new people and sing with a skilled conductor and pianist. Everyone is welcome, and the ability to read music is not needed! 

There is no charge, but please book via To find out more about the Southern Peninsula Choir, email, or phone Anne Boscutti on 0408 414 141.

Southern Peninsula Choir and Flinders Singers combined concert: Five Centuries of Choral Music

POSTPONED UNTIL 2022: Saturday 30 April, 2 - 4pm. 

Brought to you by the combined talents of the Southern Peninsula Choir and Flinders Singers, conducted by Antony Ransome. Also featuring solos from the entrants in the Raising Our Voices scholarship program. The performance by both choirs will include works by Wilbye, Handel, Haydn, Fauré, Brahms and Mendelssohn. 

To book online, visit find out more about the Southern Peninsula Choir, email, or phone Anne Boscutti on 0408 414 141.

Want to join Southern Peninsula Choir's regular rehearsals in 2022?

Rehearsals take place every Thursday between 4-6pm during scheduled semesters at Uniting Church Hall, 6 Murray-Anderson Road, Rosebud. Southern Peninsula Choir membership is $20 plus $65 semester fees. 

To enquire about becoming a member of the Southern Peninsula Choir from Semester 1, 2022, email, or phone Anne Boscutti on 0408 414 141. 

FREE Senior Driver Expo – with BBQ lunch & NO TESTS

Run on a weekday in Hastings from 9:30am-2:30pm

Bring your car and receive advice from VicRoads about how to keep it roadworthy. Participants receive:

  • VicRoads inspection of your car and a free driving assessment – check driving techniques and vehicle safety information to support driving with confidence.
  • Specialist advice on taking care of tyres by a VicRoads tyre expert.
  • A presentation on Road Safety for Seniors – advice on driving safely and promoting safer road user behaviours.
  • Updates on health, interactions of medicine with driving and the newer road rules.
  • The opportunity to ask questions of the Victoria Police Highway Patrol.

Register your interest for a date in 2021-22 by contacting Nancye-Joy Gardner (Senior Driver Facilitator, RoadSafe South East Inc.) on 0419 398 695 or email

FREE VicRoads Safe Driver Program

Dates and times can be arranged to suit your group. Courses are run at local venues such as retirement villages, social clubs, church groups, and neighbourhood houses.

This program gives senior drivers a chance to share ideas and experiences and become safer drivers. The course consists of a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute question and answer session. This Safe Driver Program is designed to encourage a friendly, informal and thought-provoking atmosphere and covers:

  • Advice about the effects of medications, alcohol, fatigue and poor eyesight
  • Information on safer vehicles and planning for the future.

The Safe Driver Program is run by RoadSafe South East in partnership with VicRoads and the Shire.

Register your interest for a date in 2021-22 by contacting Nancye-Joy Gardner (Senior Driver Facilitator, RoadSafe South East Inc.) on 0419 398 695 or email

FREE Safer Scooter Wiser Wheelchair Course

Run on weekdays from 9:30am-2:30pm, in a location to suit participants

The five-hour session run by Access Health and Community, in conjunction with the Shire, will cover:

  • Safe and responsible driving practices
  • Road rules and legal requirements
  • How to get on public transport and use local services (e.g. accessible toilets)
  • Choosing the right motorised vehicle, and more.

Register your interest for a date in 2021-22 with Claire Davey (Traffic and Road Safety Officer) on 5950 1959 or


Join in the Seniors Festival Reimagined conversation and post a photo of yourself enjoying the festival with the hashtag #seniorsfestivalreimagined