Transition to Retirement

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“We plan for our financial security in retirement, but what about our happiness?Retirement is a chance to refocus on ourselves andwhat we would like to spend our time doing.”

The Transition to Retirement workshops, over two Saturday afternoons, provide you with an opportunity to reflect on, and start planning for, your retirement. In a small supportive and informative group setting in the Cottage Maitland Room, Bri Hayllara career psychologist and regular tutor with us, will guide you in:

  • Thinking about what matters to you as a person – what are your values?
  • Creating an image of what your preferred retirement looks like
  • Learning (briefly) about what science is teaching us about the essential elements for a happy and meaningful life
  • Using the science, as well as our values and vision, to create a road map of meaningful engagement to develop a ‘nest egg’ – not of money, but of the ‘stuff of life’
  • Goal setting approaches to ensure you have some strategies to move along your desired path
  • Sharing with each other ideas, opportunities and resources

Please note these workshops do not include financial advice.

Surrey Hills NC  other programs that might be of interest include: mindfulness programs, strength training, social groups and many leisure and learning programs.

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What you will learn
  • Identify your values and create an image of your preferred retirement.
  • Explore goal setting approaches to ensure you have some strategies to move along your desired path.
  • Share with each other ideas, opportunities and resources.
What you will get
  • Printed resources to take home and continue planning for their preferred retirement.
  • A small supportive group to identify your retirement road map.

What to bring
  • A notepad and pen.
Appropriate for

Those considering retirement in the next few years, or already partly retired.

Activities for everyone: health and wellbeing, leisure and learning, social activities and volunteer opportunities and children's programs.

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc (the Centre) was founded in 1978 at the initiative of local residents and was registered as an Incorporated Association in 1996. The Centre is located at 157 Union Road and an adjoining property at 1 Bedford Avenue. All our facilities are leased from the City of Boroondara.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1978 as a friendly, inclusive and welcoming meeting place where people could come together to share experiences and skills.The Centre offers a wide range of programs and activities run by friendly and knowledgeable teachers, at affordable prices.

The Centre is a overseen by a Committee of Management, and receives funding support from the City of Boroondara, the Department of Planning and Community Development with the remainder of the Centre’s income generated by fees from programs and venue hire.

We have many active volunteers supporting the activities of the Centre and social activities to help you connect with your local community. Call 9890 2467 or email: to find out more.

The Surrey Hills Heritage Collection at the Centre, is open for viewing on Mondays.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre or organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre.


I agree to give Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre classes and events or on Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre's premises. (For use of Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre marketing materials).


Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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