Adult Day Service

The Adult Day Service (ADS) provides Planned Activity Groups and Respite Services for people in Mount Alexander Shire who live in their own homes within the community.

Planned Activity Groups aim: ‘to maintain an individual’s ability to live at home and in the community, by providing a planned program of activities directed at enhancing the skills required for daily living and providing physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation. They also provide opportunities for social interaction as well as respite and support for carers’.

Respite for carers is aimed at providing useful centre-based respite on a regular basis. Initial assessment for eligibility is required, and to discuss any specific needs.


  • frail, older people over 65
  • people who are geographically,
    culturally or socially isolated
  • people with memory loss/dementia
  • people with disabilities
  • carers of those above
  • carers who are also in employment


Referrals can be made through My Aged Care.


A low rate of fees applies to people who receive a full or part pension. If you have a high income or you are on a care or support package there is an hourly rate.

Extra costs for monthly outings are indicated on the monthly activity program.

Inability to pay cannot be used as a basis for refusing service to people who have been assessed as requiring the service.


The Alex Club

The Alex Club operates three days a week. It enables older people to enjoy company, physical activity, interest based activities, a ‘home-cooked’ meal and regular outings.  Trained support staff and volunteers are present. Activities are planned with members. The service aims to assist each person to remain active and connected to the community.

Monday Bowls

Join the Wayward Bowlers for carpet bowls at Wesley Hill Hall. Keep active and enjoy company followed by a light lunch.

Active Tuesdays: Active Choices

This is a planned outing group which operates on a booking system. It is especially designed for physically independent older people who enjoy getting out and about.

The Out & Out Club

Unique in this region: an evening activity and social club for young adults with disabilities.  The Club is based at Harcourt Leisure Centre. Groups are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Activities include table tennis, music, dance, craft, bowls, outings and more outings!  Twice a month is the popular Girls’ night  and Guys’ night.  A meal is provided. Some overnight holidays and special events are planned.

Friday Explorers

Friday Explorers is a new group that runs every Friday. Each week the group travels to a new location. They share new experiences together as they explore our region. This is a great opportunity for friendship, togetherness and for building connections with peers and the community. To be eligible, you must be aged 65+ or 50+ if Aboriginal or/and Torres Strait Islander. Referrals can be made through My Aged Care.

Friends on Friday

Friends on Friday is based at Harcourt Leisure Centre. It brings a group together each week to form friendships in a supported environment. The group takes part in planned activities such as craft workshops, listening to guest speakers, and challenging each other to word games and quizzes. Group members plan their own activities, so they regularly bring ideas and suggestions to develop their own tailored program. This group is suitable for people who would like a little quieter, less physically active day.  To be eligible, you must be aged 65+ or 50+ if Aboriginal or/and Torres Strait Islander. Referrals can be made through My Aged Care.


Limited transport to groups can be organised or provided according to need.


Respite Club

If you are caring for someone at home, weekly or more frequent centre-based respite (social activities) can be provided.  Respite Club operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Harcourt Leisure Centre and includes men’s specific activities.  Priority is given if you are caring for a person with dementia.  Transport is available if needed.

Respite House

An opportunity for planned overnight respite (two or three nights) at a specially designed holiday house in Bendigo with  Adult Day Service staff in attendance.

Carers Club

Peer support and information exchange on the second Monday of the month at Castlemaine Health cafe.

Strength Training for Carers

Keep strong for your caring role.

Facillitated  by a qualified instructor. Optional: go for a cuppa at a local café afterwards.


Contact the office for more information or to make a referral.

Volunteers are welcome.

phone: (03) 5471 3566
fax:      (03) 5472 3546

Click here to contact the Adult Day Service.