Hope Springs

For the past 21 years, hope springs has been offering people living with mental illness and social isolation, a place to belong.

Participants find acceptance, support, and social activities to help them enjoy meaningful lives.

The programs offered at hope springs include Art Therapy, Music Therapy, a Women’s Program, a ‘Hang Out’ Program, a Gardening Group, Springboard Group Outings and a Carer’s Group. We also offer online programs in mindfulness and artistic expression.

All programs are based at the Cross Generation Uniting Church in Heidelberg Heights and run with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.

Please contact us if you are interested in a program or in becoming a volunteer.

hope springs Coordinator:  Jon Rumble – Ph: 9459 8859   Email: rumble.jon@gmail.com

Womens’ Program Coordinator: Indu Padmakumar  Email: women.hopesprings@banyuleuc.org.au

For the latest information and photos, see the hope springs Facebook page

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hope springs Programs

Open Canvas Art Group

Mondays 10.30am – 12noon

Our art group is a place where people of all artistic abilities are welcome to express themselves freely through their artwork. Artistic expression is good for the spirit!

All art materials are supplied.

Monday Arvo Music & Hang Out Group

Mondays 1.30pm – 3pm

Anyone who is interested in music is invited to join us for sing-alongs, quizzes and just to hang out with friends.

All instruments are supplied.

‘What Women Want’ – Women’s Group

Wednesdays 10.30am – 12 noon

Our Women’s Group caters for women experiencing mental illness and social isolation.

We tell stories, do activities together and provide support, as part of enjoying the companionship of like-minded people in a non-judgemental environment.

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Click here for the Term 2 2024 Women’s Group Program

Wednesday Arvo Hang Out Group

Wednesdays 1.30 – 3pm

Our Hang Out Program offers a relaxed and unstructured environment where people can engage in a variety of activities – such as playing pool, listening to music, browsing the internet, drinking coffee, doing puzzles or just sitting around having a chat. On the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm, we offer an informal worship service for those who are interested – ‘Worship on Wednesday’.

All are welcome.

Community Garden Group

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month 10am – 12 noon

Our Gardening Group meets together to grow indigenous bush tucker plants in our community garden.

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No gardening experience is necessary – just enthusiasm!

Friday Events & Activities

Every Friday at various times

hope springs Activity & Support Program which includes art therapy, Zoom mindfulness, fun outings and a range of in-house activities.

Click here for the program for Term 2 2024

hope springs Carers’ Support Group

2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm

The Carers’ Support Group aims to offer support, information and friendship for those who have a loved one living with mental illness.

This is a small supportive and caring group with a wealth of experience they are happy to share.