Services & Programs
The Holiday Program offers a short break for people with a mental illness. These are held at various times during the year and at different locations.
For information on the Holiday Program Click Here.
This group meets in the Nowra area in what is known locally as the “West Street” building. It is a group for people who have a mental illness. It provides an opportunity for members to participate in a large range of craft activities, increasing their skills, and giving an opportunity to develop friendships and support networks.
This group meets at 10am and finishes at midday on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Light and Hope Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is an international movement which has been proven to support people who have a mental illness and help them in their recovery. In the clubhouse model, it is the members, those living with a mental illness, who have responsibility for decision-making about the operation of the Clubhouse, and participate in activities for the promotion and maintenance of the Clubhouse.
The Light and Hope Clubhouse operates 9am – 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the hall behind St John's Lutheran Church, 15 Burelli Street Wollongong.
This is a program provided to support carers in their caring role. The carers have two hours each fortnight when they have some respite from their role as a carer, they have an opportunity to develop friendships with the other carers, and to be pampered.
This group meets upstairs in the Bulli Community Centre at 328 Princes Highway, Bulli. Anybody interested in joining this group should contact the Office (02-4285 0019) to get the dates and times of the group.
The Boys are Back in Town
This program was started in July 2009 to provide a social outlet for men who have a mental illness and who had become isolated from the community because of that illness. To make it easy for people to participate in this group transport is arranged. A range of different activities is provided, but always involving lunch and some physical activity. All participants in the group are rung the day before to confirm the arrangements, including transport, for the next day. The participants in this group have gone on to develop relationships and support networks with each other outside the group.
The group meets every Wednesday. The location for the group to meet varies according to the activities which are planned. Participants in the group are contacted each time by staff and advised of the transport arrangements and location of that day’s activities.
Ulladulla Carers Group
The Ulladulla Carers Group meetings provide an opportunity for group members to share their experiences, to socialise, to talk through any issues that have arisen in their lives since their last meeting, and to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Meets at 1pm – 3pm at the Ulladulla Resource Centre the first and third Tuesday of each month
The Wollongong Walking Group
In support of the philosophy of 'good physical health for good mental health', Illawarra respite has started a walking group which is designed to contribute to participants' healthier lifestyle. Anybody who wishes to join the group can make contact with the Illawarra Respite Coordinator on 0458 299 067 to obtain full details. Once a person is a member of the group, he or she simply turns up at the agreed location at 3pm each Monday afternoon and the group will begin the walk from there.
The group meets at Le Vendis on Cliff Road each Monday afternoon at 3pm where they begin a 1 hour walk.
The CALD Carers Group
A social support group has been established for those carers from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background. This meeting provides an opportunity for the carers to share their stories with each other, to offer support to each other and to receive support in such things as completing forms or understanding correspondence.
The group meets for two hours from 12pm to 2pm on the second Monday of every month at the Illawarra Yacht Club.
Any person interested in joining any of the programs or groups listed above, or interested in receiving one to one support, should contact the Respite Coordinator on 0458 299 067.
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To further discuss any of the programs listed here, please contact Respite Services Inner West on 9747 - 8616
The goal of this program is to provide a supportive and accepting environment that allows for individuals to engage in creative self expression. By encouraging an appreciation of different forms of art, the program aims to not only inspire an interest in art forms, but to encourage the participants self esteem and self confidence. The objective is to increase the clients' knowledge of different art mediums and styles whilst providing a safe and trusting group to develop new friendships and a space for creative expression.
- Held Wednesdays, 10am-12pm at Croydon Rehab Centre.
This is a structured, large exercise group run by a professional fitness and exercise trainer. The educational component of this program is designed to encourage participants to make informed and healthy lifestyle choices in regards to exercise and diet. The participants are guided through a structured exercise regime incorporating both strength and cardio workouts with the aim of improving overall physical fitness. Other activities include peer assisted meal preparation and discussions. The program is run in a group setting which facilitates social networking opportunities, thereby reducing the isolation often experienced by people living with a mental illness. By assisting the partipants to make healthy lifestyle choices, the clients learn how to better manage their health, fitness and weight. The expected outcome of the program includes an improvement in both physical and mental health and well being.
- Held Friday's, 11:15 am - 1:15pm Bridgewater, Canterbury. (16 week program)
This group is run to support women who find it hard to fit in a large group. The program aims to help women connect, build friendships and share common interests. The Women's Group meets once a week for a coffee, a walk and a chat about concerns they may have. The program also offers the chance for outings to different locations in the community. Respite Services provide a safe environment for women to form a circle of friends with support from staff.
- Held Monday's (meet fortnightly) 10am - 1pm Burwood / Strathfield.
To find out more information on Respite Services in the Inner West HACC region contact us.
Arabic Speaking Women's Group
The Arabic Speaking Women's Group is for care recipients and aims to:
- build rapport and trust to engage participants in community activities and to reduce social isolation
- provide the opportunity for people with mental illness from the same language and cultural backgrounds to come together for mutual and peer support
- develop the participant's self esteem and self confidence
Respite Services will engage with Arabic speaking case workers to facilitate this group.
There are various outings planned to different locations across Sydney. To find out more or to register for these events, please contact our Burwood office on 9747 8616
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Orana Far West
Carers and their families are welcome to book short breaks at either Sanctuary Respite Centre or Gundair Homestead. For information and bookings call (02) 9977 0099.
Sanctuary Respite Centre
There are numerous retreats planned for 2015 at the Sanctuary Respite Centre, these retreats are specifically designed for different groups including:
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Carers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
- Young Carers
- Care recipients and their Carers
- Mental Health Training
To find out if there is a retreat coming up that you might like to attend, keep checking the website for updates or call the Orana Far West office on (02) 9977 0099
ART Wednesday- for Carers
The Sanctuary Respite Services invites carers to join our Art group every Wednesday from 11:30am till 2:30pm at the studio based on the former School of Artillery grounds, North Head. Please bring your own packed lunch, drinks provided. This group is open to all skill levels and is run with a focus on flexibility, fun, freedom and play.
For more information or to register for an Art Group please contact Katherine Owen on (02) 9977 0099
This is a structured exercise group run by a professional fitness
and exercise trainer. The educational component of this program is
designed to encourage participants to make informed and healthy
lifestyle choices in regards to exercise and diet. The participants are
guided through a structured exercise regime incorporating both strength
and cardio workouts with the aim of improving overall physical fitness.
Other activities include peer assisted meal preparation and discussions.
The program is run in a group setting which facilitates social
networking opportunities, thereby reducing the isolation often
experienced by people living with a mental illness. By assisting the
partipants to make healthy lifestyle choices, the clients learn how to
better manage their health, fitness and weight. The expected outcome of
the program includes an improvement in both physical and mental health
and well being.
This is a 16 week program run every Saturday 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Pioneer Clubhouse.
If you would like to participate in our next New Moves program, please contact Orana Far West office on (02) 9977 0099
Gundair Rural Homestead Respite Centre
Gundair Rural Homestead Respite Centre is located in Tooraweenah near Gilgandra. It is currently available for groups, retreats or individuals.
To find out more information on Respite Services in the Orana Far West HACC region contact us.
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Cootamundra Group – (Weekly on Thursdays)
This group meets weekly and is for people living with a mental illness. It provides an opportunity for socialisation and for individuals to participate in group activities. Activities include art and craft, cooking, games days, BBQ’s and information sessions.
Venue: Old Cootamundra Hospital Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Ladies Carers Group Wagga Wagga – (Weekly on Mondays)
The ladies carers group is for female carers of people living with a mental illness. The group focuses on the needs of women in a caring role and reinforces the importance of self care and wellbeing. Group members are encouraged and supported to have direct input into program activity planning.
Venue: Meeting Room, SFNSW, 47-49 Gurwood St. Time: 10:00am – 12 noon
Albury Mens Group – (Weekly on Wednesdays)
This program provides social activities for males who are living with a mental illness in the Albury area. The group meets weekly at various locations. The group focus is on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and incorporates some form of exercise and lunch at each session.
Venue: Various locations in Albury Time: 12 noon – 3pm.
Temora Carers Group – (Fortnightly on Fridays)
Carers of people living with a mental illness are invited to join the Temora carers group. The group provides an opportunity for carers to share their experiences, socialise and to have a break from their caring role. Group sessions involve a planned activity chosen by attendees followed by lunch.
Venue: Richmond PRA Meeting Room Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm.
Please contact Respite Services Riverina Murray on 02 6921 6064 for further information on any of the above groups.