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, a Community Garden 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.

hope springs ONLINE ART EXHIBITION 2021

‘Our Creative Community’

The 2021 hope springs online Art Exhibition was launched to great celebration on 22 October. The curator, Natasha Dewhirst, described the exhibition as ‘a window into the artistic and creative expressions of the hope springs community‘.

The strength and resilience of the community is clearly demonstrated through the range of artwork available. Some of the artwork has been created by members working together – including a collection of origami figures and an installation of crocheted wind spinners.

There are also many individual pieces created with paint, pens, pencils, textas, pastels, linocut prints, computer software – and even a piece of art contributed by Beau the dog! There are also poems and two members of the community performing original songs.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of beloved community member, Lindsay Hopley, who passed away in January 2021.

The complete video of the exhibition is included below.  (Well worth watching!)

Click on each image below for a larger photo.

hope springs Indigenous Bush Tucker Community Garden

Our garden is an inclusive social space for folks to contribute to enhancing local biodiversity and to learn more about the culture and history of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Land.

In late 2019, we obtained a Banyule Environment Grant to develop this project. A landscape concept plan was drawn up by a horticulturalist from the Victoria Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative Co-op. The design brief was to incorporate indigenous plants that have been used as food, medicine and tools/craft by the Wurundjeri family clans in the area.

It wasn’t until May 2021, that we were able to gather for our first community meet-and-greet session. Initially it was hard work levelling the ground and setting up the wicking beds, but with lots of help, our garden began to come together.

We now have about 50+ plants of over 20 varieties that are growing slowly and are tenderly cared for in our garden.

As a garden group, we will continue to commemorate and celebrate significant Aboriginal events, like Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. We are also hoping to run cooking demonstrations, jam-making classes and to serve community lunches using the ingredients from the garden. We would also like to learn more indigenous traditional methods of caring for land, and learn how various plants can be used in traditional and contemporary ways.

This garden project has been consulted with elders from the Wurundjeri Cooperation, and their advice is to nurture the plants and the relationships that are growing in this garden, and to share the harvest from the garden freely to all. We are very grateful for their guidance and feedback.

We welcome you to visit our garden every Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm.  If you are interested in joining this group, drop in during our garden day, or contact JJ by email.

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.

Community Garden Group

Thursdays 10am – 12.30pm

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

No gardening experience is necessary – just enthusiasm!

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)