Category: CHIRP News

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteering role in 2020?

Our Youth Mentoring Program has been running for almost 10 years and as the new school year begins we are once again seeking new volunteer recruits. The mentoring program offers much flexibility. Deb and Bill Wiglesworth (pictured) have been with the program for a year and while Deb conducts her mentoring in the community, Bill […]

Written by on January 24, 2020

CHIRP Community Health has a new brand!

CHIRP Community Health, registered as Castlemaine District Community Health, now has a new look and name. For the past eight months, Castlemaine District Community Health has been developing a new website and refreshing our logo. This work was funded by a small one-off grant given by the Victoria State Government and to help us with […]

Written by on August 28, 2019

Exercise groups over summer 2019 – 2020

All of our exercise groups will be taking a break over the summer. Final groups for 2019 will be in the week ending on Friday 20th December. Return dates for CHIRP exercise groups: Castlemaine Walking Group returns 30th January Community Gym returns on 15th January Harcourt Walking Group returns 6th January Maldon Walking Group returns […]

Written by on December 10, 2019

CHIRP Health & Wellbeing Newsletter

Our latest edition of the CHIRP Health & Wellbeing Newsletter has a volunteering theme and can be viewed here: CHIRP newsletter November 2019 edition    

Written by on November 18, 2019

Healthy Heart of Victoria Mount Alexander

CHIRP Community Health are a partner in Healthy Heart of Victoria Mount Alexander. This collaboration aims to create places that are safe, inclusive, accessible, and more active through thoughtful additions and changes that include: ★ activation of non-traditional recreation spaces ★ increased participation in physical activity by our communities right across the lifespan ★ community ownership […]

Written by on December 10, 2019

Media release: Ease into 2020 with Tai Chi

Ease into 2020 with Tai Chi; a gentle, low-impact exercise that can benefit the whole body. CHIRP Community Health run weekly low-cost Tai Chi classes at Castlemaine, Guildford, Newstead and Maldon. There will also be some ‘Come & Try” Tai Chi groups at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on January 6th, 13th and 20th at 9:30am. “Trained […]

Written by on December 17, 2019

Media release: Enjoy a tour of the Botanical Gardens

If you’d like to learn more about the historic Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, meet new friends and get some gentle exercise, come on a free guided tour of the gardens later this month. Join members of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Botanical Gardens Team as they take you around the gardens and provide insights into the impressive […]

Written by on December 17, 2019

Media release: Nordic Pole Walking Groups starting soon

  Nordic Pole walking groups across Mount Alexander will give participants the opportunity to learn how to turn a walk into a workout. Nordic Pole Walking activates 90% of the muscles in the body which can result in toned upper arms, shoulders and back muscles. It has a greater aerobic effect than regular walking with […]

Written by on December 17, 2019

Mental Health First Aid – 2nd, 3rd March 2020

Heather Steele will be conducting the popular Mental Health First Aid course in the new year. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training will teach you practical skills to support someone with a mental health problem. Make a real difference to people in your community. RSVP to Heather on, or phone Reception on 5479 1000 […]

Written by on November 20, 2019

Living Stronger Exercise Program to be extended

Our Living Stronger program is to be extended as part of the Australian Government’s Move It AUS Better Ageing Grant through Sport Australia. Julie Gittus, the Move It project officer says the project aims to support people aged 65 years and over to become more active. ‘Research shows a clear link between improvements to physical […]

Written by on December 19, 2019