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

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

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

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

Support for CHIRP

Supporters of CHIRP announce they have formed Friends of CHIRP Community Health. They will be campaigning and lobbying both the state and federal governments for the additional funding needed to keep the doors of CHIRP open. If you wish to join the campaign or offer support, contact Warwick Smith on 0433 756 093, or email […]

Written by on December 11, 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

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

Volunteers needed for Mount Alexander Youth Mentoring Program

CHIRP is currently recruiting for more volunteer mentors for its Youth Mentoring Program. Our program matches adult volunteers with a young person from our local community who has some personal challenges in their life. Research proves that mentoring can make a real difference in the life of a young person. Whatever your age or background, […]

Written by on December 5, 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