Social Activities

Samarinda’s Community Centre at 286 High St Ashburton is an inclusive social ‘hub’, operating daily for people living in the local community and looking for social connections, exercise programs and recreational activities. There is something for everyone and always room for one more!

There are a range of activities to stimulate mind and body. You can choose to be involved in one or many.

Active Ageing programs to maintain wellbeing include:

  • Gentle Exercise Classes
  • Zumba Gold
  • Line Dancing
  • Steady on Your Feet
  • Qi Gong (Tai Chi)

Social groups to connect with other locals include:

  • Man Friday Club
  • Entertainers & Guest Speakers
  • Social Lunch Group (Wednesday and Friday)
  • Bus Excursions (to places of interest near and far)

Recreation and interest groups include:

  • Art
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Scrabble
  • Table Tennis
  • Crossword Challenge
  • Solo Card Game

Partnerships with other local community groups include:

  • Ashburton Chinese Seniors Fellowship Group (includes English Language Classes, Mah-jong, Music, Singing, Dancing, Table Tennis)
  • Vietnamese Seniors Cultural Association Group (includes Tai Chi, Table Tennis)
  • Chinese Seniors Cultural Association (includes Mah-jong, Music, Singing, Dancing, Table Tennis)
  • Gujarati Association of Victoria (includes a senior’s lunch with entertainment and games)


Our Community Transport fleet of cars and buses head out every morning providing transport for people joining one of our programs.

Gardening Support

Our volunteer gardeners provide individual support for people living independently in our local community. This very popular service provides social contact and practical assistance to home gardeners with the added benefit of connecting our clients to other services and care at home if needed.

What will it cost?

Many of our programs are subsidised by the Australian Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Participants receiving funding through the Home Care Packages Program or the NDIS can also attend with the full cost charged to their funding package.

Client contributions and fees are kept to a minimum and vary depending on the program. For people experiencing financial hardship, an application can be made to have any client fees reduced or waived.

Locals are encouraged to drop into the Community Centre or give us a call and speak to one of our friendly reception staff, who will provide information and assistance to access the right program or service for you.

Contact Information

Phone: 9058 6060

Address: 286 High Street, Ashburton