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About St Mary's Armenian Church Social Support Group

The Armenian Social Support Group has been providing support to the local Armenian community since 1996.

It is a place where you can keep active, explore your interests, make and maintain friendships.
It provides a valuable break for carers and to support their ability to remain living at home whilst also maintaining confidence and independence.

The Social Support Groups provide community based group programs and is funded jointly by the Australian Government’s Commonwealth & Home Support Program (CHSP) and the Victorian Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

People gathering at a social support event

Locations and dates

The Armenian Social Support Group Senior’s gatherings are held in accessible, comfortable and COVID safe and run by the following sub-groups;

1st Monday of the month

St Mary’s Church Seniors Group in the Church Hall, Surrey Hills

Third Monday of the month

AGBU Seniors Group at the AGBU centre Scoresby

First Wednesday of the month

Armenian Relief Society Senior’s Group, at the Armenian Community Centre, Springvale

Every Friday

Welfare Seniors Group at the Glen Waverley Community Centre, Glen Waverley.

Social support dinner at the St Mary's Church halll

Program features

Programs are organised according to the interests and abilities of the people taking part and provide fun and engaging activities and provide opportunities to socialise with one another in a supportive environment. This may include morning tea and lunch, gentle exercises, information sessions, guest speakers, birthdays, and celebrations (religious days), games, day outings.

Social support group event photo

Frequently Asked Questions

The Australian Government funds and manages services for older people (over 65 years of age) through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). If you are 65 years and over, socially isolated and are not an existing client, living in the Eastern and Southern Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne, you must register as a “My Aged Care” user before you can access programs and services. “My Aged Care” is the main entry point to the aged care system for new clients. It helps older people, their families, and carers to access information on aged care, have their needs assessed and be supported to find and access services.

To join the Social Support Group gatherings, visit the My Aged Care website – or call 1800 200 422 and ask to be referred to St Mary’s Armenian Church-Social Support Group, Surrey Hills Victoria. Services for people aged under 65 is funded and managed by the Victorian Home and Community Care Program (HACC).

A small fee is charged for attendance, which includes nutritious meals and all activities. Excursion varies according to the trip (costs details will be provided prior to the outing).

More information about this program

Please contact the Social Support team.

Shoushan Haladjian (Program coordinator) – 0403 152 554
Rita Dangurian (Assistant Coordinator) – 0437 765 662

Mondays and Fridays 9.00am to 2.30pm or email

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