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Programs & Services

We have a broad vision to involve people at all levels and for many reasons - and central to that is to bring a sense of security, solidarity, fun and connection

Our Programs

Our vision is to be a Gathering Place, so no matter your age or ability there are many ways to join in -  because when we know each other we can strengthen our whole community

Payment for all courses and workshops is required prior to commencement to secure a place using credit card, cash or cheque during office hours, or by electronic funds transfer (EFT). There are payment plans available too

We'll need to know at least five working days prior to the course start date if you can't make it in order to receive a refund. Early bookings are appreciated to allow our tutors time to prepare

Get in touch to enrol in a course, or if you have any questions about the program

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Emergency Relief

Sometimes you run into trouble and need help to get over a hurdle, so we will chat to you and find out how we can best help. We offer emergency relief to the local community with the generous assistance of several organisations

Clothes Donation

How to get help

Tuesdays are the best day to come in for assistance, but you can also call us to arrange an appointment - we'll need to chat to you and figure out a plan, which takes time.


Foster Foodworks provides

fresh bread

FareShare provides frozen

meals and pastries

Foodbank Victoria assists us with the purchase of packaged foods and dry goods for our shelves

The Salvation Army provides food, pharmacy and petrol vouchers

Donations (particularly warm bedding in winter) are gratefully accepted and can be made at any time directly to our office staff who will distribute items appropriately to local people in need.

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Wednesday Playgroup


Heaps of support and ideas to have your family thriving at any age

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For teens, MGCH has facilities for fun!

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Whether it's First Aid training, a boat license or keeping up with computers...

The heart of any home is the kitchen, so food is big with us

At Manna Gum we've got a thing for food. 

Any chance we get, there's something delicious on offer or ready to go to someone in need. 

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Our Services

We have access to established resources and can give you a hand to sort stuff out: getting a permit, a grant, something photocopied or getting connected to others going through the same challenges as you

Our staff can easily hook you up with the right help so you can get on with living life well and making ideas become reality

Project GreenPlot fresh food

I found the warm atmosphere to be something I'd never experienced before, helpful in every way, plus the first meeting will always be with me as a wonderful memory, and the most important feeling for me is that you're not alone


As a Not-For-Profit Organisation with sound organisation/banking structures as well as all-important insurance we are able to manage grant funding on behalf of local organisations who are not incorporated

Services Australia Agency

Our Services Australia Agents can help you to:

- use internet enabled computers and printers
- access free Wi-Fi without a password
- call us using the phone provided
- scan, copy, print and upload documents
- verify identity documents
- access online information about payments and services



Support Groups

All trials are better faced with others and one of our support groups may make all the difference

Free Information Sessions

See our current program for our community information sessions. This can include legal information, consumer affairs, or how to save on your electricity bills. 

Photocopying, Printing and Computer Access

We have free Wi-fi for internet access and you can book a computer too. Get help with scanning, photocopying, laminating or printing we have the right equipment and can get you sorted.

Social Connection

Community Lunch, Trivia Fun, Garden Group, Playgroups, Cultural Celebrations, Craft Groups, The Lounge Cafe - there are many ways to meet others and get a smile on your dial

I was trying to apply for the electricity rebate from VIC Energy and I am computer-literate. I attempted to get this completed at least 20 times on my laptop and then on my iPhone but there was a glitch in their website, which meant that I could not attach 4  different documents that they were requesting! In frustration I eventually decided to go to Manna Gum and get some help. I was relieved as she completed the task in less than 3 minutes. This service is so vital in our community.
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