Ability Links NSW aims to assist people with disability (including mental illness) & their carers to access community, public, private and social services to foster social inclusion.
For Macarthur & Southern Highlands
Contact: St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW (02) 8622 0456 www.vinnies.org.au
For Bankstown, Fairfield & Liverpool
Contact: Settlement Services International (02) 8799 6700 www.ssi.org.au
Men's sheds are located in various suburbs across South Western Sydney and offer an alternative social space for men of all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in activities, learn skills and contribute to their communities.
For shed locations & opening hours visit the Australian Men's Shed Association website www.mensshed.org
or visit the Beyond Blue Shed Online www.theshedonline.org.au
Beautiful Minds is a volunteer committee of people who have a lived experience of mental illness, work with consumers that have a mental illness and/or care for someone with a mental illness. The committee works with partners to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community, advocate for better services and funding and fundraise to improve the consumer/carer experience in public hospitals across South western Sydney.
www.beautifulminds.net.au and www.beautifulmindsbankstown.net.au
Break the Cycle is a not for profit organisation located in Macquarie Fields that offer welfare, social & life skills services such as family support; Emergency Relief; No Interest Loans for people on low incomes or receiving Centrelink payments; Community Chaplaincy; Life Skills courses for Men & Women; Free legal assistance; Cut 'N' Clean Services for lawns; Men Shed; Garden Group; Community Cafe and Food Pantry; Counselling for individuals/Family and relationships and more.
Contact: (02) 9829 8898 firstname.lastname@example.org www.btc.org.au
The Brightside Program is an initiative of the YMCA organisation. The gym oriented fitness program offers a 60 days free personalised membership for people with a diagnosis of mental illness who are in recovery and would like to work on improving their fitness. Continued membership after the program is offered at a discounted rate.
Contact: (02) 9687 6233 email@example.com www.ymcansw.org.au
Compeer is a Friendship program that aims to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Friends meet up regularly for simple social activities, such as grabbing a bite to eat, going for a walk or visiting a local attraction.
Contact: (02) 4627 9180 www.vinnies.org.au
The On Fire Program provides activities, fun days and camps for children aged 8-17 years whose parent, carer or guardian or other family member has been affected by mental illness.
Contact: (02) 4628 6496 http://www.onedoor.org.au
Provide social & recreational programs to support young people in their communities.
Bankstown: Cnr. French Ave & Meredith St. Bankstown Ph: 9796 1287
Campbelltown: 95 Minto Road, Minto Ph: 9603 8229
Fairfield-Cabramatta: Cnr. Railway Pde & McBurney Road, Cabramatta
Ph: 9727 8983
Liverpool: Cartwright Avenue, Miller Ph: 9608 6999
Southern Highlands: 1 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
The Day to Day Living Program is an NDIS registered provider of activities for adults with a diagnosis of mental illness to support and strengthen their recovery through social networks, recreation, education and participation.
Contact: Bowral (02) 4861 0366 Campbelltown (02) 4620 8888 www.onedoor.org.au
Provides a free fortnightly home visiting service by trained volunteers and staff to help combat isolation due to age, disability or medical condition. Available to people living in the South Western Sydney suburbs.
Contact: (02) 9720 8841 firstname.lastname@example.org