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Sunday

bm bipolar

Blue Mountains Bipolar Support Group

During COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are held via zoom. New members will be accepted once restrictions are lifted and meetings are held in person again.

1 pm to 3 pm
Every 3rd Sunday of the month 

Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre
9 New Street, Lawson

People with Biploar and/or carers are welcome. You are welcome to attend fortnightly, monthly, or just pop in when you feel you need a little support.

Contact:  Text Kirsty on 0433 204 041

http://www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/services-directory/7422/blue-mountains-bipolar-support-group/


Monday

read4wellbeing

READ for Wellbeing

As at 24 August this group continues to meet face-to-face

3 pm to 4 pm
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very Monday 

Springwood Drop In Centre
3/163 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

A short story is read and discussed in a relaxed and informal setting in the Drop in Centre lounge.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a small plate to share with the group, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge. Newcomers are welcome at any time, please call the centre if you can to advise of your intention to come, otherwise it is fine to drop in

Contact:  (02) 8843 2545;  springwood@ccss.org.au


Tuesday

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Steps to Healing

This group is currently meeting face-to-face.

10 am to 12 pm
Every Tuesday
(during school terms)

Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre
1 Kington Place, Cranebrook

Steps to Healing is a friendly space where Aboriginal people can come together to share stories and make connections through healing and culture.
This group is for anyone who has been through hard times, when daily life is a struggle.
Together we will make room for Connection, Hope, Identity, and Empowerment.

Transport, morning tea and light lunch provided. Bookings for transport essential.


Please contact Bronwyn on 02 4706 0280 or 0439 455 139 for more information or to book transport.


BE SMART Katoomba1

Be SMART

This group is currently meeting face-to-face.

12.30 to 2pm
Every Tuesday
(during school terms)

Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre
1 Kington Place, Cranebrook.

Transport and afternoon tea provided. 

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting people with any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained workers, you will learn a range of tools to manage what you are struggling with and to motivate you.

This group is for Aboriginal community members only and is run by Aboriginal facilitators

For more info contact:  Bronwyn on 4706 0280 / 0439 455 139;
 bronwyn@nepeancommunity.org.au 


SalvationArmy pathways

Pathways

This group meets face to face in a COVID-SAFE way.

6pm to 8pm
Every 2nd Tuesday of every month

Salvation Army Freedom Centre
Corner of 2/54 Henry Street and Evans Street, Penrith.

The car park and Freedom Centre are on the corner of Henry and Evans Streets.
The entry is via the back of the building through the garage door on the far right of the building. Not through the front entrance.

A support group for families and carers of people who have problems with drug or alcohol use.

This group provides a free confidential and safe place for anyone who may be supporting someone with a drug or alcohol issue. Family Drug Support has been providing specialist support and care for over 18years to families coping with isolation helplessness shame and stigma.

For more information contact:  Julie on 0400 113 422 or at julie@fds.ngo.org.au


 

Wednesday

communitygarden

Springwood Community Garden - Working Bees

The Working Bees are continuing to operate during COVID-19

From 9.30 am
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning

Springwood Community Garden
168 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood 

We have working bees on-site from 9.30am every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on the 2nd Wedneday of the month at the Drop-In Centre.

For further information call CatholicCare Springwood Drop-In Centre on 8843 2545 or visit us at 3/163 Macquarie Road Springwood.  


 

raisingkin

Raising Kin
a support group for grandparents, relatives and kinship carer 

As at 2 August 2020, this group is meeting with physical distancing and following "Covid Safe" guidelines.

10 am to 12 pm
Every 1st Wednesday of the month 
during school terms

The Hub Meeting Room 1
Macquarie Street, Springwood 

RSVP or for more info:  Call Jenny on 0450 001 393


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Finding Your Way - Peer support around NDIS, My Aged Care, Centrelink and Other Organisations and Services

During COVID-19 the group is operating via the Virtual Community Room
For details on how to join pleae email:  kpollock@belongbm.org.au

10 am to 12 noon
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month

Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre
9 New Street, Lawson 

Come along and join our Peer Support Group to share stories,discuss goals, learn about your rights and find ways to prepare for and manage the NDIS.  

Register/More info:  4759 2592; kpollock@belongbm.org.au


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Aboriginal Men's Group 

This group is currently meeting face-to-face.

10 am to 12 pm
Fortnightly on Wednesdays

Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre
1 Kington Place, Cranebrook

Join for a yarn up and tell us what nyou would like to get out of our men's group.

Contact Dave on 02 4706 0280 or 0467 494 196


MHW support group

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support Group

From 2 Sep 2020 this group is meeting face-to-face but due to COVID room restrictions you need to RSVP before attending

1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month during school terms

The Hub, Meeting Room 1
104-108 Macquarie Road, Springwood

For anyone with a lived experience of mental health issues.  This group combines a mix of guest speakers, peer support, and artistic activities.  
(Formally Peers in Recovery and Artscope)

Contact: Imelda on (02) 4751 3033 to RSVP for more information.


Thursday

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Men's Walking Group

Meet at 9 am
Every 4th Thursday of the month (except January and December)

Upper Carpark at 4 Lewin Street
Springwood Uniting Church

The group mainly consists of retired men, but others are welcome.

For more info please contact Keith on 4754 3406


me cfs

ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Support & Social Group

As at 24 August 2020 this group is continuing to meet via zoom

10 am to 12 pm
First Thursday each month

Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 
9 New Street, Lawson

Enquiries:  4759 2592;  cfsbluemountains@gmail.com


 

Thursday (ctd)

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Penrith Carer Support  Group

10 am to 12 pm
First Thursday each month

Headspace Penrith, 
Ground Floor, 606 High Street

For further information or to register please contact:  Renee on 0411 536 328


 

hawkesmental

Hawkesbury Mental Health Carer Support Group

10 am to 12 pm
ThirdThursday each month

Rozzoli Room, Windsor Library, 
300 George Street, Windsor

The group meets for tea and coffee, to chat, share stories and learn from regular guest speakers.

Contact: 8880 8160 or fcmhinfonbm@parramattamission.org.au


lithgowlibrary

Lithgow Carer Support Group

1 pm to 3 pm, every 4th Thursday of the month

Lithgow LIbrary
157 Main Street, Lithgow

For further information please contact:  Family and Carer Mental Health Program
Phone: 8880 8160 or email: fcmhinfonbm@parramattamission.org.au


girlsautism

Girls with Autism
You're not alone

This group continues to meet but because of COVID restrictions, the group numbers are limited and strict protocols are in place in the youth centre. 

6 pm to 8 pm
Every Thursday during school terms

MYST Springwood Youth Centre
59 Springwood Avenue, Springwood 

A group for girls with autism ages 14 to 24 to get togeher, have some fun, talk about our lives and listen to others.

This group is not a free activity but is an NDIS funded group.  Participants need to have NDIS funding to attend the group. 

Before attending, interested participants need to make contact and fill out a referral form prior to the start of the term.  

Contact:  4760 4642 or email helen@ble2.net.au or express your interest online at https://able2.net.au/girls-with-autism-gwa/


Friday

dementia carers

 Dementia Carers Support Group

As at 26 Aug 2020 this group is meeting via zoom.  Contact 4751 3033 or reception@sncc.org.au for more info.

10 am to 12 pm
Every 2nd and 4th
 Friday of the month
(Contact the Centre for confirmation on dates and locations as they are subject to change.)

Tanderra OOSH, 
Raymond Street, Springwood

Caring for someone with Dementia?  Are they living with you, living with others, now in a residential setting, or perhaps your caring role has recently past?
'You don't have to feel alone'.

Friendly Blue Mountains wide group welcomes everyone, offers useful information and resources, guest speakers and opportunities for informal mentoring, social support and networking.

Cost: Gold coin donation is appreciated but not compulsory, to help cover cost of morning tea - and transport is avaialbe if needed to attend

More info: 4751 3033 or reception@sncc.org.au


carers womenrers 10.15 am to 1 pm
Last Friday of each month

As at 5 Nov 2020 this group continues to meet via Zoom

Blue Mountains Women's Health & Resource Centre, 
124 Lurline Street, Katoomba

A free group for women who are looking after someone with mental health issues.

This is a group where women can gain information, share resources and get emotional support in an easy relaxed atmosphere.

Cost: Free

More info: 4782 5133 


 

Saturday

communitygarden

Springwood Community Garden - Working Bees

The Working Bees are continuing to operate during COVID-19

From 9.30 am
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning

Springwood Community Garden
168 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood 

We have working bees on-site from 9.30am every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on the 2nd Wedneday of the month at the Drop-In Centre.

For further information call CatholicCare Springwood Drop-In Centre on 8843 2545 or visit us at 3/163 Macquarie Road Springwood.  


mhsupport

Mental Health Support Group

1 to 3 pm
First Saturday of each month

Mid Mountains Hub
9 New Street, Lawson 

During COVID-19 group is being held via the Virtual Community Room
Text or email Tash for details of how to join or for more info: natashasimon.mh@gmail.com.

This group is for people who are living with a mental health issue and the people who support them.  It is a safe place to share stories, talk strategies and gaininsight and understanding of mental health.  It is a place to give and gain support and build connections.

Contact Natasha by text on 0421 774 342 or by email at natashasimon.mh@gmail.com.


 

springwoodanxiety

Springwood Anxiety Support Group

Due to COVID-19, no meeting in August, but resuming from 26 September 2020

 10 am to 12 pm
Every 4th Saturday of the month 

Springwood Uniting Church (enter from first door to the right)
4 Lewin Street, Springwood

WayAhead’s Springwood Anxiety Support Group is run by Colin and Thomas and the groups are usually comprised of a small number of people who come together to share personal experiences and information in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

Cost: Free and no need to book attendance 

http://understandinganxiety.wayahead.org.au/springwood-anxiety-support-group/