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Group61 is a volunteer mental health befriending program. Friends (people with a lived experience of mental illness) and volunteers meet regularly with the aim of reducing social isolation and as self-confidence and trust grow through their friendship, individuals are supported to rebuild social connections within their community.

Group61 supports people who are experiencing:
  • Mental Health issues and/or illness and are socially isolated
Group61 helps people to:
  • Actively participate in society by building social connections
  • Improve quality of life and self-confidence
  • Build and improve life skills
Group61 volunteering activities can include:
  • Friendship volunteers - responsible for partaking in a regular weekly catch up with ‘friends’ which may include an outing e.g. a visit to the library, a coffee catch up, or a beach walk.
  • Area Co-ordinators – responsible for volunteer management, coordination, and support, including the facilitation of training and the hosting of regular catch ups for volunteers in designated regions.
  • Event organisers - responsible for quarterly social meet ups for local regions, including BBQs, morning teas, picnic in the parks or the co-ordination of special events including excursions to performances, museums, sporting events.
  • Fundraisers – responsible for the planning and hosting of fundraising events.  
How to get involved

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer or friend, or attending the next social event, please call 07 3621 4362 or register your interest.

History

Group61 was created in 2000 when founder and community leader John Fox befriended a struggling local community member. Recognising the need and importance of this type of support John grew the project through his own parish networks, initially securing four volunteers for five friends.

Over the next fifteen years the project grew to support people throughout the whole of South East Queensland, from Gold Coast to Sunshine Coat, and from Brisbane to Ipswich. In July 2016, Group61 joined with Wesley Mission Queensland marking a new chapter for the service. 

For more information visit the Group61 website

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