The Holdfast Bay Community Centre is a hub of activity, hosting over 30 community based programs every week. The Centre delivers a vast range of community strengthening programs including health and fitness, hobby and youth-focused programming.

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Ongoing Programs

Home Support Program (CHSP)

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is a government funded service that supports older people to remain living independently at home. The Holdfast Bay Community Centre offers various CHSP programs from Monday - Thursday that will help you improve your health and wellbeing to support you to remain active and living independently at home.

For current CHSP Programs, see the HBCC Program Guide.

Who can access CHSP Programs?

Over 65 years of age - Please phone MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422 and ask for a referral to Holdfast Bay Community Centre. We can support you in this process if required. If receiving another service, please check your Regional Assessment Officer for eligibility.

Living with a disability - NDIS approved programs for people living with a disability. YMCA is a provider of NDIS programs & eligible for plan funding depending on your goals.


Program fees start from $10.00 and extra $5.00 for transport. Fee support is available for those experiencing financial hardship.


Transport can be arranged for those living at home in the Holdfast Bay area. The Holdfast Bay Community Centre provides a 10 seater bus with rear wheelchair access. Bus is subject to availability.

For more information and program referrals please contact the centre on (08) 8298 7422. Bookings are essential.

Older Adults Fitness - Strength for Life

Age should be no barrier to regaining your strength and balance. The Strength for Life (S4L) program is designed to assist people over 50 to access services that provide strength training programs suited to your needs and goals. The aims of the program are to encourage older people to engage in strength training and experience the benefits this provides to their well being and general lifestyle.

Please note: ALL Strength for Life Participants must attend a one-off assessment that is conducted by YMCA qualified fitness instructor to develop a personalised exercise plan prior to starting the program.


CostPrice per VisitYou Save
Causal Rate$8.00$8.00$0
10 Session Pass$72.00$7.20$8.00

How to Strength for Life

All participants require S4L forms to be completed before they call the Centre to book an assessment. This will include a pre exercise questionnaire which will determine whether a referral from the doctor is required. We also require an enrolment form to be filled out prior to activity. These forms can be found here by clicking on the links above or on the COTA SA website. Alternatively participants can call our centre on 8298 7422 to arrange for the forms to be mailed out to them.

** It is recommended that all participants intending to participate in S4L sessions visit their Doctor beforehand, so that your ongoing health can be managed appropriately.**

Referring a Client

If you are a local GP or Physiotherapist looking to refer your client into the Centre's S4L Program to support their health goals; simply complete a GP Referral Form or Physio Referral Form. Once complete, simply post it back to us here at the centre, alternatively via email at or fax it through on 8377 4921. All clients are monitored by a qualified YMCA fitness instructor with S4L accreditation. All client programs will be individualised and progressive.

Mind Your Memory

Give your brain a workout! Memory like muscular strength requires you to “use it or lose it.”

The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. But not all activities are equal. Brain exercises break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways. A strong memory also depends on the health and vitality of your brain. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to the brain, scientists have discovered that this adage simply isn’t true. The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change—even as we get older.

There’s lots you can do to improve your memory and mental performance. The brain’s incredible ability to reshape itself holds true when it comes to learning and memory. You can increase your intellectual abilities, enhance your ability to learn new information, and improve your memory at any age.

Mind Your Memory is an 8 week workshop that will:

  • Teach you something new
  • Challenge your thinking
  • Help you build on your skills
  • Teach you the importance of nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep and being involved in your community

WHEN: Starts Monday 17th February
Every Tuesday 1.30pm-3.00pm
COST: $15 each week

Register your interest on 8298 7422.

Songs & Rhythms

Community singing is a popular activity in Australia. Community choirs have allowed people to access meaningful musical experiences regardless of previous experience or musical training. ‘Songs and Rhythms’ is a music group for people who might otherwise be unable to attend a community choir. Join us to enjoy a meaningful musical experience. Regardless of previous knowledge in singing or your musical background you are welcome to participate in in our friendly group and enjoy a range of community singing and music activities.

These interactive sessions consist of singing, learning new songs and exploring percussive instruments with others who love music.

As part of the community arts movement the ‘Y’ strongly supports community music and singing as a way for people to make music and have fun together.

The ‘Y’ supports social inclusion and we are open to all communities.

WHEN: Tuesdays
TIME: 1pm to 3pm
COST: $8 per session

For enquiries call 8298 7422.

Gentle Exercise Class

It is a chair based exercise class aimed at maintaining and improving functional ability for every day activities. It is low intensity and appropriate for those who do not have much experience with exercise.

WHEN: Every Tuesday, 1.15pm-2pm
COST: $5 each week (tea and biscuits included)
WHERE: 51 King George Ave, Hove 5048

Transport can be arranged for those living in the Holdfast Bay area

Call us or come into the Centre to join or to find out more.

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