Community Services

At the heart of Seawinds is our focus on our local community and everything we do is geared towards bringing the community together and supporting them in as many ways as we can.  Here are some of the ways:

We provide free bread and pastries, as available, through our Food pantry program, Monday to Thursday 9am – 4pm. A gold coin donation is requested.

Vegetables, fruit and eggs are sometimes donated by local growers and farmers and when available, is placed in boxes in the foyer during the same times as above.

Community members are encouraged to leave any surplus fruit, vegetables, herbs, seedlings and seeds and dry goods and/or take what they need.  Community members are also encouraged to access the Seawinds Kitchen Garden and benefit from the produce including fresh herbs, grown by our volunteers.

COMMUNITY LUNCH is back on the menu every Wednesday (commencing 27th April)
2 course meal $8
We are so pleased that we can welcome back our community guests for community lunch every Wednesday!  If you’d like to join us too, please contact us prior, as spots are limited.  Join us from 12.30pm.  $8 per head for a scrumptious nutrious two-course meal.   Thanks to Helen for helping us get this important event underway!
Click here to register and pay 27th April (bookings essential)
Click here to register and pay 4th May (bookings essential)
Click here to register and pay 11th May (bookings essential)

If you could please spare two hours your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Please email Jenny, if you are able to lend a helping hand.

With the support of McCrae Lions Club 8.30am to 10.30am come along to the breakfast club providing free bacon and egg rolls Come and also meet the team from Clothes4U who will have a selection of clothing for those in need in our community to give you confidence and boost your self esteem.

Vinnies Kitchen, another local community support group which provides meals to those needing assistance has been providing the supplies for this activity which is much appreciated.

Chatty Cafe

We believe having a chat can brighten your day!
every Friday 10.30am onwards (from 29th April)

Supported by Seawinds CommunityHub and Rosebud Lions

Enjoy a bottomless cuppa and chat with lovely locals. Bring a friend or come alone.  No need to book.  All ages welcome.

The Chatty Café aims to get people chatting to build and encourage social connections.
Paula, Facilitator looks forward to welcoming you all

Come and borrow a book, swap a book, donate a book.  Take it home with you or sit in the lovely courtyard or in the hub and read it there.  This great resource is available for the community to enjoy.  Come and check it out.

Brenda at Mending Matters offers:

Take up hems on pants, skirts, frocks. repair clothing, replace zips & elastic, buttonholes, minor changes to garments. Turn around is usually 1 week. Fee is applicable.

Using new fabrics, cottons, buttons, zips,  that has been donated to Mending Matters, I make children’s clothing, aprons, bags, fabric storage containers, cozy  bowls containers for microwave and other like things –
Money that is made from Mending Matters goes to support equipment for kindergarten and childcare at Seawinds.

Please contact the hub for any sewing alterations on 5982 2204.  We will the arrangements on your behalf.

The Lions Club of McCrae have been involved with this project for the past 4 years and during that time have supplied Eastbourne Primary and Seawinds Community Hub Child Care with books for the children. It is a project that gives much pleasure to the recipients, teachers and parents.

Our Founder:
Melinda Shelley

Melinda Shelley, a volunteer in our local community, understands that babies and children need books to have a real chance in life. Knowing that you first need to have books to be able to read to children, but that books are a luxury when you are struggling to put food on the table, Mrs Shelley has taken action to create change where governments and agencies have not.

The Future
We’ve donated 500,000 children’s books

123Read2Me currently provides children in low socioeconomic communities with FREE quality children’s books through recycled books or new ones purchased with cash donations. The total value of books donated to date exceeds $5,000,000.00 (replacement value).

We promote reading to children and support the work of over 120 organisations, most operating in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Bayside Local Government Areas of Victoria.

Our goal is to give two (2) books a month to every child under 15 living in poverty in Australia. This means we will have to collect, sort, pack and ship the equivalent of 78,000+ books every day.

With our own warehouse / distribution centre and a transport partner, we will be able to ship books across the country to every one of these children who need books.

Lions Club International
In 2016, we created the 123Read2Me Children’s Literacy Project in partnership with, and the support of, the Lions Club of Mordialloc-Mentone Inc and the Lions’ Districts 201V5, plus a growing number of clubs in Lions Districts across Australia including 201V3, 201 V6, 201V1-4, 201Q2 and 201N4.

This project has helped 123Read2Me collect, sort, pack and giveaway over 500,000 free books to vulnerable and at-risk children.

Kitchen garden
Donation Handmade crochet Blankets
Food Relief Program
Mending Matters