In addition to providing emergency relief the Anglicare Bondi Junction office offers the Anglicare Art Space program for people facing mental health challenges and administers the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs). PHaMs is for people aged 16 or over who have significant functional limitations resulting from mental illness. It is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services to provide support and case management services.
Anglicare offers a range of programs and services focused on mental health issues. We also offer services for carers, who are involved with mental health.
Family Mental Health Support Service
The Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS) is an early intervention support service for families with children or young people (0-18 years old) affected by the mental health issue of a family member, or at risk of developing a mental illness. The service takes a child centred approach but works from a whole of family perspective in order to improve a child’s wellbeing. Staff in the program include child and adolescent counsellors and case workers. The service is free and operates in the Shoalhaven and Port Kembla/Dapto areas. Phone 1300 651 728
Anglicare Art Space
Anglicare Art Space is a free arts-based program for people who are experiencing or at risk of developing mental health challenges. Anglicare Art Space provides a creative and encouraging environment where people can develop artistic skills, gain confidence, build relationships and re-engage with the community. We offer a weekly group
240 Birrell St, Bondi Junction
If you’re interested in attending or would like more information contact Narelle – narelle.hand[at]anglicare.org[dot]au or phone 9798 1400.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Cabramatta
CRCC provide respite to cares in the SWS Region covering, Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Camden, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly. We cover 7 LGA. CRCC is short term and emergency service. Some of the services offered by us is Personal Care, Domestic Assistance, and Shopping. In-home Respite, Residential Respite, Hire of Equipment and Individualised Respite. CRCC also manages respite beds in different areas under various categories.
This service is suitable for:
Carers caring for Frail Aged, Dementia, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Young Carers, Disability, Severe and Profound, CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Information / Referral
This service covers:
Address: 40 Cumberland St Cabramatta NSW Phone: 1800 052 222
Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) is a DSS funded program for people aged 16 or over whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. Case Managers and Peer Support Workers provide one on one mentoring and groups to support individuals on their recovery journey. The PHaMs team are a skilled and passionate group who work alongside a participant to develop an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) that leads toward living more satisfying and rewarding lives. PHaMs is based at the Anglicare office in Bondi Junction and also has a close partnership with St John’s Maroubra where many of the PHaMs special events are held.
Below is a description of some of the groups Anglicare PHaMs runs. If you would like further information on any of these please contact us on 9798 1400.
PHaMs Cafe’s and Events
PHaMs host a number of community cafes and one off events throughout the year. Some of these include Beating the Blues Walk (October), RUOK Day! BBQ (September), NAIDOC Day Cafe & Walk (July), Easter Cafe and the annual Christmas Cafe. These events support participants to socialise in a safe and inviting environment. Some events have guest speakers and information related to mental health recovery. Current and ex-participants are invited to PHaMs events. Healthy food and entertainment – such as Aboriginal dancers, musicians and short theatre skits – add to the fun of the day with many participants now prioritising these events in their calendar each year.
The technology group is a small ‘beginners’ group that is the result of a partnership between Ascham school and Anglicare PHaMs. Four high school student volunteers facilitate the one-hour, weekly group by running a small topic based presentation e.g. email, social media, Google maps etc., followed by one on one tuition. The group runs twice per year for eight weeks each term. The PHaMs participants bring their own device such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to work and learn on. This group is run informally and caters for a variety of different levels from beginner to intermediate technology users.
One Wave Surf Experience
PHaMs has partnered with local non-profit mental health organization One Wave to offer an 8 week surf group for PHaMs participants. Each week features a mental health related group discussion. Group members then take part in a 1.5 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go Surfing surf instructors. The focus of the group is to meet others and share mental health related experiences in a safe and fun environment.
Independent Living Skills
PHaMs facilitates an Independent Living Skills program which runs over 8-9 workshops for members of the Eastern suburbs community. The program is unique in that it runs workshops on developing practical skills and then provides a follow up home visit to work on these tasks at home. Each home visit caters to the specific needs of the individual such as the development of regular cleaning routines, healthy meal preparation or attending to areas of the home that require ordering and tidying. Participants have been able to identify personal barriers to motivation in order to develop new skills. With the encouragement of a supportive worker an increase in confidence has resulted for participants who have made significant gains in managing day to day tasks.
Movie Group meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the Randwick Ritz cinema. Participants are offered a free movie ticket and meet afterwards at a cafe to discuss the movie. The purpose of this group is to create a social community using entertainment as an initial topic to focus conversation on.
FoodRedi group is a series of workshops that focus on health and wellbeing education and skills building activities. Content includes nutrition, meal planning, food budgeting, maintaining a balanced diet, cooking skills, food hygiene and food safety. This is a food to improve you mood program that inspires group engagement, builds self- esteem and has a proactive learning and cooking element.
Locations providing Mental Health
Anglicare Bondi Junction Office
Family Services Nowra
- Counselling – Individual, couple, family, Children & Adolescent
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Family Relationship Centre
- Family Mental Health Support Service
- Family Work Program
- Relationship Education
The Haven Project
The Haven Project provides support for carers residing in Macarthur, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee LGA’s who are caring for a person with a mental illness