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. Our friends (people with a lived experience of mental illness) and volunteers meet regularly with the aim of reducing social isolation. As self-confidence and trust grow through their friendship, individuals are supported to rebuild social connections within their community.
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
Group61 supports people 18 years and older who are experiencing mental health issues and/or illness and are socially isolated.
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 for 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 Coast, and from Brisbane to Ipswich. In July 2016, Group61 joined with Wesley Mission Queensland, marking a new chapter for the service. In 2018, Group61 received funding for two new branches of the service, Group61 Youth (currently being piloted) and Group61Companions, for those over the age of 55 years.
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.
How to donate
To support Group61, go to the main Wesley Mission Queensland donations page and select Group61 under "Direct my gift to..." when you make a donation.
Donate and support Group61