Hope Springs

hope springs is offering a combination of face-to-face and online programs, including Art Therapy, Music Therapy, the Women’s Group, the ‘Wednesday Arvo Hang Out’ Group, as well as a Zoom Art & Relaxation Session and a Zoom Music & Chat Group

Because of COVID restrictions, we are keeping a careful limit on numbers – which means that all those wishing to attend need to book in first. For further information, see the hope springs flyer.


‘Boredom Sparks Creativity’

The hope springs Online Art Exhibition was launched in style on Wednesday 30 September, attracting a large (virtual) crowd and an impressive number of entries.
The ‘art’ on display included not only paintings and drawings, but photographs, poetry, stories and even a few musical presentations.
Art Therapy student, Deb Shepherd, who curated the Exhibition says ‘Like the stars in a dark sky that shine brightly, these artworks and artists reflect the hope and resilience on display through these difficult months‘.
A few of the artworks are featured here (click on the image to see the full work), but you can see all the entries in the video below.

hope springs Programs

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.

Scroll down to see some videos made by Hope Springs participants.

What Does Hope Springs Offer?

What Would You Like People to Know About Mental Illness?

The programs offered at hope springs include Art Therapy, Music Therapy, a Women’s Program, a ‘Hang Out’ Program, a Carer’s Group and a group dedicated specifically to taking participants on a range of outings in the area.

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

Women’s Program Coordinator:  Jiaying Jiang – Ph: 9459 8859   Email: jiaying.jiang08@gmail.com

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

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 – 3.30pm

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.

Click here for Term 3 Women’s Group Flyer

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, we offer an informal worship service during the session – ‘Worship on Wednesday’.

All are welcome.

Eltham Carers Support Group

Second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm

The Carers 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.

(This group is located at Eltham Uniting Church)

Springboard Outings

(This group is not currently meeting)

Friday Fortnight (times vary according to activity)

Springboard aims to provide opportunities for participants to get out and about, take part in community activities and visit places they might not otherwise be able to get to.

Much of Springboard is about having fun with friends, going places, learning new skills and living a better quality of life.

Activities include events such as BBQ in a park, in-house footy nights, bushwalking, visiting art galleries, a disco night, ten-pin bowling, a movie night, eating fish and chips by the sea and, the ever popular, karaoke night.