Social Prescription is an innovative approach to improving a person’s mental health and well-being. We are excited to be undertaking a pilot program in the Bayside City Council, City of Kingston, Glen Eira City Council areas.

Please click on the appropriate heading below to find out more information or contact our Community Connector by phone 0492 800 592 or

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Social Prescription Pilot Overview 2021

Loneliness whilst in Lockdown

Loneliness and me By The Financial Times

Neighbourhood Houses & Social Prescribing

Neighbourhood House Vic Conference Presentation 2020

Over the past couple of years, we have worked extensively to support the development and growth of social prescribing throughout Victoria, Australia. Our social prescribing schemes have grown and developed substantially over the last year allowing us to develop significant experience and insight which we share with others.


Chatty Café has been set up to re-establish social connections and tackle loneliness that may have grown during COVID -19. We are part of a global scheme where cafes, bars and restaurants become the setting for new friendships. The premise is to break down feelings of loneliness and social isolation based on conversation. The Chatty Café is a chance for you to meet informally with a volunteer and others in your community for a good ol’ fashioned chat.


Highett Neighbourhood Community House
Weekly from Tuesday 16th February 2021
Time: Tuesday’s 10 am to 11 am
2 Livingston Street Highett (Parking out front)
Hampton Community Centre
Weekly from Wednesday 17th February 2021
Time: Wednesday’s 11:30 am to 12:15 pm
14 Willis Street Hampton (Parking at rear)


Good Health & Wellbeing Presentation

RU OK Day Expo 2019 Video

A day in the life at Highett Neighbourhood Community House


Community Contacts

Kids Helpline – Call 1800 551 800 Free confidential phone counselling for children and adolescents, 24/7 Kingston Youth Services– Call 1300 36 94 36 Free counselling, information, referrals and groups in Cheltenham Bayside City Council Youth Services – Call 9599 4622 Support, programs and events for 10-25-year-olds and their families Headspace – Call 9526 1600 Free counselling in Highett Family Life – Call 8599 5433 (Sandringham) 9770 0341 (Frankston) Family and youth counselling and family support Connect Health and Community – Call 9575 5322 Youth and family counselling Child First / Orange Door – Call 1300 367 441 Family support and counselling 1800 Respect – Call 1800 737 732 Free online counselling for those who are or have been affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or family violence

Wellbeing Support

Raising Children An Australian parenting website provides parents with up-to-date information and advice from Australian experts. Find parenting videos, articles and apps for parents with newborns to teenagers. Youth Beyond Blue Youth Beyond Blue is designed to provide information about anxiety, depression and suicide to young people in Australia aged 12–25. Beyond Blue – The Brave Program If you are a young person who would like to support managing worry and anxiety, The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety. The program provides ways for young people to better cope with their worries. There are also programs for parents. Beyond Blue – Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service Stay up to date with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19. Bite Back Improve your mental fitness, increase your happiness, reduce stress, improve your friendships and your focus with the Bite Back Mental Fitness Challenge. Headspace Headspace provides tailored and holistic mental health support, information and services to 12 – 25-year-olds, and their family and friends across Australia. eheadspace A national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. It provides young people and carers with a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to a professional – wherever they are. Kids Helpline Free, private and confidential (and anonymous) phone and online 24/7 counselling service specifically for young people aged 5 – 25 years. Mensline Australia Support for men, anywhere, anytime. Get support, information or referral. It is staffed by professional counsellors who are experienced in men’s issues. Phone and online.

Header image by David Reinhard “Serenity at Beaumaris”


We do not offer refunds for classes due to a change in your personal circumstances. If your class is impacted by Covid shutdowns we will reschedule your class or it will run via Zoom.


All visitors to our centre must respect all workers and volunteers. No inappropriate behaviour is accepted in our centres.