We have applied to the NSW government for a My Community grant. If we are successful, we will be able to run two weekly peer support groups at the Holdsworth Community Centre in Woollahra.

Peer support groups are a valuable ingredient in the recipe for recovery from a mental illness. They offer a safe, accepting, non-judgemental and stigma-free environment for those with lived experience of mental illness. Because the facilitator also has lived experience, they are able to share their encounters with mental illness and mental health services.

At present there are no peer support groups in the Eastern suburbs. We are hoping you will be able to assist in starting to remedy this through supporting our grant application(see below).

Should we be successful here, this will be the starting point for further development.

Turning Point provides a fully resourced peer support group program called Next Steps. It was developed for Caritas, the psychiatric ward at St Vincent’s Hospital, were 89 meetings were held with a total of 447 attendees. TPMHS is now taking Next Steps out into the broader community.

We currently have an inpatient group at The Sydney Clinic, which has been running for five months, and are about to start a general group at Jewish House.

At the end of each meeting, feedback is asked for by way of six questions scored 0 to 10. These are the average results for meetings at The Sydney Clinic:


How well did the group address your needs? 7.9
How did you feel at the start of the group? 5.6
How did you feel at the end of the group? 7.9
Did you enjoy being part of the group? 8.5
Will the group help with your recovery? 8.0
Were you treated with respect and understanding? 9.6


The grants are made on a by-electorate basis. Our project falls into the Vaucluse electorate, which covers Watsons Bay, Dover Heights, North Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi, Bondi Junction (part of), Bellevue Hill, Woollahra, Edgecliff (part of), Darling Point, Double Bay, Point Piper, Rose Bay and Vaucluse.

People living in the electorate can vote for the projects of their choice either,


• Online at https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/, or

• In person at the Bondi Junction NSW Service Centre, 88 Ebley Street

In both cases, Medicare card details are required to verify name and age.

Our application is listed under Next Steps. Voting is open until August 15 and the results will be announced in September.
If you live in the electorate, we hope you will vote for Next Steps. We also hope you will encourage others you know who live in the electorate to vote for us.

Rotary Rose Bay is sponsoring our My Community application.