Two hours a week is all it takes to enhance the life of a person living with mental illness.   

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
Become a friend

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


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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. 

About Wesley Mission Queensland

Our services and the people we support are incredibly diverse. Each day we interact with thousands of people, all who have different goals, views, beliefs, backgrounds and abilities. We strive to be a welcoming, caring and inclusive organisation that celebrates diversity and equity for all people.

Volunteering Opportunities
Group61 volunteering opportunities include:
  • Volunteer Friend: The commitment is a regular meeting (this can be negotiated between the volunteer and friend but for example 2hrs /week) over the course of 1 year in which the volunteer takes the friend on outings such as to the; local cafe/library/shopping/park.
  • Area Coordinator: Our Area Coordinators interview, match and manage the volunteers and friends in their local area. This is a bigger commitment as there are expectations around delivering training, maintaining contact with all parties, offering support to volunteers, holding regular volunteer catch ups, attending regular Area Coordination meetings and reporting.
  • Volunteer Event Coordinator: We also run social group events such as a quarterly BBQ, and fortnightly Morning Tea in the Park and we are keen to develop our social program. As such this is another avenue for a volunteer coordinator to organise and host a less regular but equally important social event for our members.
How to become a volunteer

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer or attending our next social event, please call 07 3621 4362 or apply for one of our volunteering opportunities


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