Matt’s Place Chelsea celebrates 15 years of service!

On Tuesday 30 July, Matt’s Place guests are invited to a special lunch filled with musical acts, a wonderful four course meal and special appearances from local dignitaries including Jodie Belyea MP (Member for Dunkley) and Kingston Mayor Jenna Davey-Burns.


How well do you know your animal facts? Perhaps you may decide to channel your inner Sir David Attenborough … or, maybe, you are more like Dr Dolittle.

Our lives are impacted by animals in many ways – it could be the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the love of pets, and the enjoyment of viral videos – I’m looking at you, Pandas.

For our annual trivia night fundraiser for Bayside Community Care in 2024, we are looking at the Animal Kingdom. Get a table of eight together, dress up as your favourite animal or related characters, and prepare for an EPIC fun night!

We are also looking for businesses to partner with us and donate prizes and potential auction items. Please email us if you can provide items.

For many people, Christmas can be a hard time. At Bayside Community Care, we want to make sure that people have everything they need to have a wonderful Christmas.

Christmas hampers are available from December. To be eligible for a hamper, a Health Care Card or Pension Card must be shown, and the recipient must reside in the City of Kingston.  To register for a hamper please contact 9585 2455.

Supporters can help by donating Christmas goodies including:

  • Tinned ham
  • Mince pies
  • Christmas pudding or cake
  • Long-life custard
  • Mustard
  • Pasta/rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Shortbread biscuits
  • Chips
  • Tea/coffee.

Donations can be dropped off between Tuesday-Thursday during business hours in the yellow bin at 99-101 Argus St, Cheltenham.

Individuals can also volunteer their time to pack hampers on Thursday 30 November, 2023 from 9.30am-1pm.

Check out our Christmas Hampers news story from 2022.

Bayside Community Care supports Prison Fellowship in reaching out to families that have a family member in prison through their international program, Angel Tree.

On Christmas Day, thousands of children in Australia open a present from their father or mother or grandparent who is not there – they are in prison. If it weren’t for Angel Tree, these children would miss out on a gift from their missing relative.

Incarcerated relatives can nominate their children by supplying name, age, gender, carer’s contact details and, if possible, the interests of the children.

Prison Fellowship then calls on supporters and friends to donate gifts or money to buy gifts. These are then delivered to the homes of the children or given out at a prison Christmas party.

Bayside Community Care is collecting Christmas gifts for children for 2023.

A gift-packing day will also take place on 30 November from 9.30am-1pm.

Please note, that donation and volunteer expressions have now closed for Angel Tree for 2023. We thank everyone who has expressed interest to date. 


The Matt’s Place Community Christmas Lunch allows everyone to celebrate Christmas.

For many reasons, Christmas can be a difficult time for people. Matt’s Place community meals program runs a free Christmas lunch for anyone who may be alone for whatever reason, an opportunity to participate in the festive season.

The lunch features a free two-course Christmas lunch and runs at Cheltenham and Chelsea.

In 2024, the lunches will run on the following dates and locations:

  • 17 December at 12-14 Thames Pde, Chelsea. From 10.45am-1pm.
  • 19 December at Cnr Park Rd & Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham. From 10.30am-1pm.



People experiencing economic hardship or social isolation are welcome to enjoy the comforts of a home-cooked meal and friendship at Matt’s Place Community Meals program in Cheltenham and Chelsea.

Matt’s Place, open every Tuesday and Thursday, provides warm hospitality for those looking to connect with others.  Guests can enjoy a delicious two-course meal and an opportunity to connect and socially interact with other community members.

Both Cheltenham and Chelsea programs have joined the Chatty Cafe scheme and now open an hour early for patrons to enjoy a cuppa and sweet. Arrival times are Chelsea 10.45 am, and Cheltenham at 10.30 am.

Take-away meals are also available for guests who cannot dine in.

Allied health services such as hearing checks, dental checks and vaccinations are provided at various times during the year.

Matt’s Place is part of the Chatty Cafe Scheme, promoting social connectedness and community engagement.

Get Involved

At various times, life can get tough and having enough food can be a struggle.

With rising living costs, Bayside Community Care aims to relieve the burden by providing emergency food relief for anyone struggling financially and needing food supplies.

Food hampers are accessible fortnightly by arrangement. Please call ahead of your visit.

A Health Care Card or Pension Card must be shown to be eligible for a hamper. Hampers are currently only available for those living in the Kingston and Bayside council areas.

Bayside Community Care also welcomes non-perishable donations from the community, such as coffee, tea, pasta, rice, tinned food, cereal, UHT milk and pasta sauces. These donations can be delivered to us between Tuesday to Thursday during business hours.