Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) is a government funded program for people aged 16 or over, whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. Through one-to-one mentoring and a range of events and activities we work alongside participants to support them in their journey towards a more satisfying and rewarding life. 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.
Community Cafes and other events provide the opportunity for participants to socialise and a safe and inviting event. Regular events throughout the year including Easter Cafe (April), RUOK Day! BBQ (September), Beating the Blues Walk (October) and Christmas Cafe (December).
Kiloh Art Group
This group focuses on the use of art as relaxation and social skill development to relieve emotional tension and anxiety. It runs weekly in the Prince of Wales hospital acute mental health ward.
Our monthly movie group provides a social outing where participants can practice their social skills and build self-esteem by connecting with others in an enjoyable recreational activity.
Run in partnership with Ascham School, the technology group helps participants to expand their skills and make the most of the communication opportunities provided by smart phones, tablets, computers and the internet.
Independent Living Skills Group
The Independent Living Skills Program is a series of workshops through which participants can gain motivation and develop skills in areas including lifestyle balance, budgeting, keeping a home clean and self-care.
Waves of Wellness
Making the most of our coastal location, this eight-week group encourages participants to get outside, get active, and start thinking about their mental health and overall wellness. Each week there is a focus on mental health/wellness discussion and sharing individual experiences which promotes recovery in a supported environment. Following this discussion participants receive a surf lesson and are exposed to the healing benefits of the ocean and surfing. This group runs in partnership with local Anglican churches and encourages community participation by including volunteers who are keen to get involved.