We respectfully acknowledge the country on which our Community House is located, Wadawurrung country and pay our respects to traditional owners, ancestors and elders, both past, present and emerging.
Issue No. 25 | 12 October 2021

Can you believe its term 4 already!

Wow! This last couple of years really does feel like a blur and finally we see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Our first week open to the public again has been a success and we have been delighted to see some smiling faces in the house, chatty voices and laughter once again.
Now the house is up and running, we invite you to come down and check out the wonderful items we have on sale here made by our very talented artists & crafters. We have a fantastic range of items from Jewellery, re-usable face wipes, re-usable shopping bags, children’s handknitted clothing, framed artwork and a whole lot more! We are open from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (Sorry not 4pm as we stated last week - my mistake). I’ll also have items for sale uploaded on our Facebook page shortly with a ‘click and collect’ option so keep your eyes peeled for that.
You will see our timetable posted below with all classes currently up and running. We hope to add more for next term so keep a lookout for announcements. If you haven’t already enrolled for term 4, please jump onto our website and update your membership as soon as possible.
We are very excited to mention that Orange Skies have teamed up with Torquay Food Aid and will be around on Wednesday 13th October from 1-3pm. This service is being offered to anyone who may need to do some laundry (clothes washing and drying service). They will be parked up at Torquay Food Aid at 2 Pimela Way, Torquay. Free tea and coffee will also be provided - How fantastic!
I was lucky enough to head down to Feed Me Surfcoast & Torquay Food Aid last week and checkout the great things these wonderful organisations are doing for our community. If you haven’t already, please offer your support by following their social media pages or popping in to grab some groceries or leave a donation.
With the weather warming up and Surf Coast reaching vaccination numbers, we aim to get our coffee shop up and running again soon! (Happy dance) Along with various other programs that we haven’t been able to run during the pandemic so please watch this space.
We have our lovely new Administration Officer Erica starting on Thursday 14th October, please feel free pop in introduce yourself anytime. Welcome Erica to the Team, we are so excited to have you.
You may have heard that our Torquay Community House has been recently painted and we’re looking and feeling fresh, ready to welcome you all back into the house to finish off 2021. If you have any ideas you would like to share or possibly a class you would like to attend, we would love to hear from you and are always open to new and innovative ideas.
Finally, I would like to say a big thank-you all the members, volunteers and community members for welcoming me so warmly to the House. We have a great bunch of people surrounding us and I feel very privileged to be a part of this wonderful community.
Warm regards,
Kahlee Kendrick
Torquay Community House Coordinator
Please see the updated timetable for Term 4 below.
Meditation with Nikki runs on Saturday from 8.30 to 9.30am.
Most of the programs will continue to run in Term 4. 
Download the Term 4 Program

Young Wolves Tutoring

We continue to enjoy the sessions we do and would welcome any new students as we have places available. Young Wolves is our Maths and English tutoring program for grade 5 and 6 students. Students get a weekly, 40 minute one on one session with a tutor to focus on any areas of Maths or English they may need help with. You can find more information here (Young Wolves page on our website).
Term 4 Program Delayed
Despite having planned for a bumper term four program, beginning on October 11th, U3A SurfCoast committee decided to delay face to face classes due to concern for members’ health after COVID-19 cases surged in Victoria in the first week of October.
After a number of lockdowns, U3A is now adept in pivoting from face to face to Zoom delivery and this pause will continue until the end of October when the situation will be reassessed.
One event now transferring to zoom delivery on October 19th  is a session on YouTube which has become the 'go to' platform for entertainment and basic "how to" instructions. This session is part of 'Get Online Week' and we will demonstrate a wide variety of You Tube videos including sport, documentaries, movie clips, music, cooking and art galleries.
U3A poets have been tasting success too and on November 22nd will launch three collections of poetry, including an anthology of their current work. Two members of the group, Jean Bohuslav and Helen Seymour, have also had collections accepted by Gininderra Press in Adelaide, one of Australia’s major publishers of poetry.
Enquiries: or 0435 374 139
Never too old to get moving
Physical activity is one of the most important contributors to a person’s emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing, and is even more important due to the challenges faced in the past 18 months with COVID-19.
Torquay RSL president Bob Tyler, who maintains his level of fitness with daily walks and regular exercises declares physical activity strengthens his mental wellness.
“Increasing your physical activity has been shown to assist in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, in addition to supporting a healthy body weight as well as joints, muscles and bones,” he said.
“To maintain good levels of both physical and mental wellness, it is recommended we exercise at least 30 minutes a day”.
Despite COVID restrictions that may apply during Veterans’ Health Week this month, Torquay RSL has planned outdoor activities to help Veterans and Emergency Services members “Get Moving”.
“Supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans and first responders, Get Moving (physical activity) is the key focus for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 16 October to 24 October 2021,” declared Mr Tyler.
“Hundreds of planned events will take place around Australia to introduce and encourage veterans and their families to become active in one form or another.”
Mr Tyler pointed out the benefits to Veterans and Emergency Services Responders taking part in Veterans’ Health Week physical activities.
“One of the most important aspects of maintaining overall health and wellbeing is Getting Moving,” he claimed.
“Physical activity sessions in controlled groups, whether they be walking, Yoga, Tai Chi, gym activity or sport, not only get us moving, but they provide a great opportunity to meet other veterans and their families.
“We know from research sources that physical activity and social interaction combine to improve veterans’ mental health and overall wellbeing,” Mr Tyler said.
As well as nationwide events that are available to veterans, Torquay RSL has added some local events.
 “On 20 October, Tai Chi is on for one hour morning and afternoon at Taylors Park on the grassed area near Torquay RSL at the back of the Bowls Club”, Mr Tyler advised.
 “A walk to Point Danger from Elephant Walk will be held on 22 October. At the end of the walk, the RSL will hold a socially distanced BBQ.
 “Watch our Facebook page for times of activities, any changes forced upon us, or any other activities we may be able to add to our schedule.
 “Guided by Exercise Physiologists some of our members exercise up to three times a week as well as exercising at home or going for walks.
 “They are happy to chat with veterans and their families about programs targeted to assist veterans with DVA accepted conditions,” Mr Tyler concluded.
Torquay RSL Wellbeing Advocates and Support Officers will be on hand to answer any questions veterans may have about the support services available to them.
For more information, or to check on any activity changes to sites and times, please ring Torquay RSL office on 0409 297 441 or email
Further Information about TORQUAY RSL:
Peter Thomas
Ph: 0417 374 249

Bob Tyler
Ph: 0417 142 156

Lions Say Fly a Kite for Sight

Outdoor Activity May Protect Against Myopia

Myopia, or near sightedness, is a common vision problem where children see very well when reading and writing or using a hand-held device, but distant objects are blurred.

Torquay Lions Club President, Neil Roche, reminded people that Thursday 14th October is World Sight Day. Its theme is ‘Love Your Eyes’.

“Lions Clubs throughout Australia are encouraging children to get outdoors based on studies showing outdoor activities and sunlight may protect young eyes against near sightedness,” he said.

Neil, a recently retired optometrist pointed out that evidence shows that sunlight has special properties beneficial to vision health.

“Specifically, exposure to sunshine reduces the chances of developing near sightedness,” he advised. The quality of artificial light and nutrition also play roles,” Neil highlighted.

School children in parts of Asia have an increasingly gruelling study schedule and myopia rates among students have skyrocketed to 90% in some countries.

Lion Neil pointed out that this is of significant concern as Myopia is also associated with retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and myopic maculopathy.

“We should spend a little time outdoors each day. This is best done in the morning to avoid eye and skin damage caused by excess exposure to UV light.

“To sum up, outdoor activity (like flying a kite) is a simple, free and effective method to help prevent myopia onset.

“Outdoor activity is also recommended to overcome the increasing amount of time spent on close-up work in the current era of handheld devices,” Neil concluded.

Click here for is some optional further reading before you head outside with your kite. It is worth reading.

Download a free kite template here.

Further Information about TORQUAY LIONS:
Peter Thomas
Torquay Lions Club
Ph:0417 374 249

Neil Roche
President Torquay Lions
Ph: 0427 336 484
Celebrate Hat Day with Us
on World Mental Health Day!

Sunday October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day where we acknowledge the mental health problems people face and try to break down the stigma.
By supporting Australian Rotary Health mental health research today and celebrating Hat Day, you can help us Lift the Lid on Mental Illness and help the 1 in 5 people who suffer a mental illness every year.
Watch the short video below to see how your donation will be used by Australian Rotary Health to assist mental health research.
Rotary Club of Torquay is raising funds to assist Australian Rotary Health to support mental health researchers. Please donate today.
Members of the Surf Coast Community are always welcome to join in the Torquay Rotary Club meetings which are held 6.30pm Monday nights either:- Face2Face at Kithbrooke Park Community Centre or online with Teams Meetings. To hear some good speakers and have some fun getting to  know your local Rotarians go to or contact the President on Ph 0423 620009. Email:
Need a helping hand?
Information on food resources and financial help is available. Click here.

Family Violence Help
  • The Orange Door Barwon:
    Call 1800 312 820 if you can’t call, you can an email and they will contact you as soon as possible from a private number

  • Safe Steps:
    Call 1800 015 188 if you can’t call, you can an email and they will contact you as soon as possible from a private number

  • MensLine:
    Call 1300 78 99 78

  • With Respect:
    Resources for LGBTIQ+ people on healthy relationships and family violence. Call 1800 542 847
  • Find More Help HERE
    In an emergency please call 000

Need help with something else?
Check out our support services page HERE for links to services that offer mental health assistance, housing advice and more. Or call 5261 2583 11am-2pm, Monday-Wednesday during term time.

The Surf Coast Shire also has a comprehensive page of with information on support services for all these issues and more. Please visit the page HERE
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