FREE Online Music and Beat Maker – Patatap
FREE Online Group Chats – eheadspace
eheadspace facilitates some fantastic online ‘group chats’ for young people, aged 12 to 25 years, a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to each other and an experienced youth mental health professional on set topics. There are also group chats for friends and family on different topics.
To see the upcoming group chats, visit headspace.org.au/eheadspace/group-chat/upcoming-chats.read more
FREE Printable Colouring-In Templates
Crayola has some awesome templates online that you can print at home and colour in. An activity like colouring-in is really good for our mental health and wellbeing and is a great way to practise mindfulness.read more
FREE Yoga for Teens – YouTube
Looking for something to do to keep yourself busy over the coming weeks? How about working some yoga into your morning routine!
A YouTube channel like Yoga With Adriene has all sorts of free classes, including Yoga For Teens. Check out her channel for these videos:
Yoga For Teens: youtu.be/7kgZnJqzNaU
Yoga With Adriene YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadrieneread more
FREE Koorana SIBs Club – Belmore
Check out the wonderful activities and groups on offer this year for Koorana’s SIBs Club, a free program in Belmore that supports children aged 7 to 12 years who have a sibling with a disability.
Speak with the team at Koorana about their annual sibs camp and ask about their school holiday excursions! Call 02 8321 9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more
FREE Legal help – Claymore
If you need legal assistance and you’re living in South West Sydney, give Claymore Community Centre a call on (02) 4626 2007 to book an appointment.
When: 1st Thursday of each month, 9am-11am
Where: Claymore Community Centre, The Junction Works, 9 Gould Road, Claymore NSW 2559
See the attached flyer for more information about what legal matters they can assist with.read more
Groundworks Youth Centre activities – Coffs Harbour
FREE ‘Amplify’ Youth Music Program – Coffs Harbour
Come along to meet other musicians and have the opportunity to record your own music under the mentorship of a professional musician!
Who: Young people aged 14 to 24 years old
When: Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm
Where: The Mud Hut, 2 Duke Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
For more information, check out the Mid Coast Communities website.read more
PCYC Fit For Life – Breakfast and Sports Program – various locations
Beyond Abilities: Super Abilities Social Club – various locations across Sydney
The SAS Club run by Beyond Abilities is designed for young people with disability who are high functioning or mostly independent. If you or someone you know loves to laugh, chat and have fun all at the same time, check out these social clubs!
SAS Club runs in 16 different locations around Sydney. They are:
- Liverpool, Bankstown, Campbelltown
- Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith
- Burwood, Newtown, Strathfield
- North Sydney, Chatswood, Hornsby
- Miranda, Hurstville
- Bondi, Mascot
For more information, check out the Beyond Abilities website.read more
FREE Social group for LGBTIQ+ youth – St George and Sutherland area
Glisten is a social group and safe space for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people under 25 years old. Friends, partners and allies are welcome.
When: First and third Monday of every month, 4pm to 6pm (excluding public holidays)
Where: Groups are held in both the St George and Sutherland arearead more
FREE Yarn n Learn Group – Woodbine
The Nabu Team at the Macarthur Family and Youth Services is running a weekly Yarn n Learn group for you to meet others in the community and learn about a different topic at each group.
When: Thursdays 10am to 12pm
Where: Woodbine Neighbourhood Centre, 83A North Steyne Road, Woodbine NSW 2560
For more information, check out the attached flyer. Morning tea is provided and transport is available. If you need assistance with childcare, please call (02) 4620 4667 and ask to speak with someone from the Nabu Team.read more
Yarn Up Sessions – Campbelltown
Ability Options Campbelltown are running weekly ‘Yarn Up’ sessions, for anyone who would like some support with skills including applying for jobs, updating a resume and getting interview tips.
Come have a yarn with one of the Ability Options team today!
When: Every Wednesday, 10.00am-2.00pm
Where: Ability Options, Level 2, 101 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW 2560
Check out the attached flyer for more information or call 1300 422 454.read more
FREE Illawarra Women’s Health Centre events – Warilla
The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre run some amazing free or low-cost events for local women. You can attend workshops to learn everyday repairing skills with other women, participate in meditation classes, join women’s and carers’ support groups and more!
Click here to check out the upcoming groups and activities or call the Centre on (02) 4255 6800.read more
FREE headspace Youth Groups – Orange
headspace Orange has an awesome schedule of youth support and social groups throughout the school term for young people aged 12-25 years, including a study group on Monday afternoons, a gaming group on Tuesday evenings and Kaleidoscope, an LGBTQI social group that meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons.read more
Camp Breakaway Young Carers and Siblings Camps – San Remo
These camps are great respite for young carers and siblings of children with disabilities, rare disorders or high medical needs. They focus on providing fun and exciting experiences for children, building confidence and independence away from home and meeting, forming friendships with others and participating as a group in this positive and fun environment.
Who: Young carers aged 5 to 18 years (school aged)
When: These camps are held twice yearly, from 16-19 January 2018 and 17-20 July 2018
Where: Camp Breakaway, 80 Highview Ave, San Remo NSW 2262
For more information, please visit the Camp Breakaway website.read more
Reach workshops – Various Locations
Reach runs a variety of workshops for young people aged 10 to 18 years across NSW, some involving nights away while others run over the course of a few weeks. Hop onto their website for more information about types of events and the costs involved, and for more information be sure to email the team at email@example.com.
All their workshops are 100% youth-led and are based out of Reach hubs in schools and communities across the state.read more
FREE WayAhead Anxiety Support Groups – Various Locations
October is Mental Health Month, and while WayAhead are committed to raising awareness and promoting positive connections during this time, they do run support groups all year around that are worth checking out. Their groups for those experiencing anxiety are running across the state for the rest of the year, with the next few held in Rutherford, Glebe, Springwood, Dapto, Marrickville, Wyoming… there are too many to name!
Hop onto their events calendar to find an event near you, and make sure you check out the other awesome supports that WayAhead have on offer.read more
FREE Pelican Feeding – The Entrance
Pelican feeding is a very popular activity that occurs daily at The Entrance. As fun as it is for us, it also allows volunteer keepers the opportunity to check the pelicans and make sure they are not injured or hurt. A great afternoon for a good cause!
When: 3.30pm daily
Where: Memorial Park at The Entrance
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Stargazing – Parkes
The Visitors Centre at The Parkes Observatory is giving you the opportunity to view “The Dish” and witness the amazing Milky Way in the evening sky!
When: 8.30 am to 4.15 pm every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
Where: The Visitors Centre, Newell Highway Parkes NSW 2870
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail
Do you like experiencing the great outdoors? Feel like putting on your explorer hat?
Why not use your wonderful imagination to discover the many fairy houses that hold a positive message inside!
Where: There is a map available at The Visitors Centre at Brunswick Heads
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Bushwalking – Lake Parramatta
Do you enjoy exploring? Do you have a passion for nature and the great outdoors? Why not take up bushwalking with family or friends at Lake Parramatta! No matter your experience level, there is a walking path for you. Don’t miss out!
When: Gates open at 6.30am and close at 5.30pm
Where: Main entrance from Lackey Street off Bourke Street, North Parramatta
More information: Click hereread more
Hercules House Program – Chatswood
Hercules House in Chatswood is a friendly and positive environment in which those with a mental illness can engage in their choice of various facilities and support, or activities and groups that encourage socialisation, development of life skills, educational and supportive groups! The timetable changes each month, so click below to see what’s on!
Who: Anyone over 18 years
When: Click below to access the website and view the calendar!
Where: 51 Hercules Street, Chatswood
More information: Please call (02) 9199 6190 or click hereread more
Paid training for young people seeking employment – Rockdale
Looking for a job? Need job-skills training, assistance with obtaining licences, tutoring and support? The iWorx Program aims to help young people with little or no work experience to find and keep paid employment! This training is organised by Exodus Youth Worx!
When: Apply anytime!
Where: 2/440 West Botany Street, Rockdale
Cost: FREE!read more
Sounds of the Street and Artworks! – South East Sydney
Creative Youth Initiative (CYI) run Sounds of the Street (SOTS) and Artworks!. These are music and art programs for young people aged 16-25. SOTS is a 20-week TAFE accredited course, and Artworks! run for 6 months.
Who: Young people aged 16-25
When: Semesters start in February and July of each year
Where: Mission Australia Centre, lower ground floor, 19 Denham Street, Surry Hills
More Info: Click the link above or call (02) 9356 8897read more