What we do

The Helping Hands Program is a volunteer support service for people living and recovering from mental illness in the Shoalhaven LGA. The Helping Hands volunteers provide invaluable support to individuals by supporting them in social and recreational activities through one:one links and group activities. The volunteers also support the consumers to access rehabilitation services and hospital or doctor's appointments.

The Program is run from Hope House at 93 Plunkett Street, Nowra.

Helping Hands was established in Nowra by the Illawarra Area Health Service (IAHS), under the Mental Health Integration Project (MHIP), and run by the Service from The Junction from June 2001 to June 2003. In 2003 the health service called for expressions of interest from non-government organisations to take over the running of the Program. The Schizophrenia Fellowship was successful in this process and took over the Program on July 1st 2003. Since then Helping Hands has expanded to provide activities at the West Street Tennis Centre two days a week and gardening opportunities at the Helping Hands Community Garden in West Nowra.  The Garden is run in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.