Cairns PHaMs Re-Location Launch


Cairns PHaMs re-located it’s office and held an open day last Friday, joint with the launch of Cairns Clubhouse, as both are now co-located at 208 McLeod Street, Cairns. John Malone attended along with the Hon. Warren Enstch MP Federal Member for Leichardt, and the Chair of the Clubhouse Steering Group, Justice Jim Henry.

Two Wheels Program Presents Bikes


On Tuesday 17th of June, The Ipswich Two Wheels Program presented their completed bikes to needy families. This round Aftercare collaborated with other organisations including PVS Workfind and the Leichhardt Men’s Shed to get five beautiful… bikes restored so they can be loved and used again. The Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pisasale presented Certificates to the people who worked in the program to restore the bikes although not all could attend because some have found work! Well done! Another great example of the community working together for terrific outcomes!

Two Wheel’s Program presented with a cheque for $2500


Chain Reaction presented the Aftercare Personal Helpers and Mentors Service with a cheque for $2500 on the 8th of May in Ipswich. Ivan Frkovic, Aftercare National Operations Manager received the donation on behalf of the Two Wheels Program which operates in Ipswich.

Two Wheels provides young people who are experiencing stress in their lives with the opportunity to work together to restore bikes and then donate them to families in need. Mayor Paul Pisasale commended the program and its ability to teach young people about team work, building a sense of achievement and providing an environment to build self-esteem and feel valued; all important elements of strong mental health.

Chain Reaction Bike riding group have a history of fundraising and making donations to small programs which help children with health issues. The funds were raised by sponsored bike riders.

The Ipswich PHaMs Two Wheels Program Grant Money Presentation


The Ipswich PHaMs Two Wheels program has been fortunate to be in receipt of $2,500 from Chain Reaction. Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate and social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.
Chain Reaction is not a mass-participation event; instead it concentrates on selected individuals who want the physical challenge. In return, they benefit from a valuable networking opportunities and the immense satisfaction of directly helping sick children. Since its first ride in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised over $10 million on behalf of its charity partners. The Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation, ABN 71 790 713 995, is a registered Charitable Fund and is endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient Charity.

The riders will be in Ipswich at D’Arcy Doyle Place, to present the cheque at 8:30am on Friday 9th of May.
Come over to have a look and support the team!

Connecting to Community through Cooking

Every second Friday, for 2 years now, Aftercare Maitland’s Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program has been bringing together clients (all living with the effects of mental illness) to participate in a cooking group run out of the local Hunter headspace kitchen.

PHaMs Maitland’s Team Leader, Barbara, said “the cooking group has been hugely successful.”

“We’ve had consistent attendance from clients and progress has been made with them using transport independently to get there,” she said.

The-Hunter-Post-Cooking-for-ManyThe cooking group is a testament to importance Aftercare places on building relationships and connections to the community. Barbara said, “many friendships have been formed – people helping each other out with the bus timetable and meeting up for coffee independently.”

“Our group is open to the whole community and we have a participant who attends regularly with her carer, as well as another participant from another NGO service.”

What is great, she said, is that “people learn to communicate, share ideas about menus, cooking and more importantly support each other.”

Through the cooking group, Aftercare has also been very successful in establishing a strong working partnership with Hunter headspace who allow the PHaMs service to facilitate the group on their premises at no cost. Their support has been invaluable to making this successful.

Earlier this month the cooking group welcomed local MP, Robyn Parker, and the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphri

True Tones on the Road to Life


A group of Gold Coast men are using music as a pathway to mental health recovery. The group called the ‘True Tones’ have written, recorded, produced and launched their debut EP entitled ‘No Time for Judgment’.

The True Tones have been work shopping with Join Australian Music Inc. (JAM) and Aftercare in Burleigh Heads over the last 3 months gaining music industry experience and developing leadership, communication and team building skills.

“Participants have managed their ideas and concepts through to quality songs and an entertaining performance”, said JAM manager Michael Thomas. “The EP is a result of a team effort and pride in the songs every step of the way.”

“It has allowed participants to build their personal capacity to relate to others and really come out of their comfort zones”, said Aftercare Burleigh Team Leader Nicola Wright. “Music is an often used form of therapy in mental health care, but this experience has been particularly unique”.

The True Tones send clear messages through their music.

“This album has given us a platform to express our feelings and experiences”, said True Tones member J. Ferry.

“There is often a lack of awareness around mental health, what it is and how it effects us. Through our music we are hoping that people will listen and not be judgmental.”

The True Tones launched their album with a live performance on the 17 May 2013 at Expressive Ground, Palm Beach.

The EP represents a collaborative approach to dealing with life’s challenges.

“The songs entitled Road to Life, Face Reality, Who are You and Serious Fun reflect what living with a mental illness means to us.”

“The songs are fun but also have a serious element. We cover a lot of genres from country through to hip hop. While typically Australian the songs include a variety of different cultural elements.” said J. Ferry.

For more information contact Michael Thomas on 0419 120 917 or via email.

South Brisbane Hearing Voices Group


The Hearing Voices Group is open to anyone who hears voices or has any other sensory experiences that other people may not.

What are the benefits to coming along to the Hearing Voices Group?

Some of the benefits of being a part of this group may include:

– Feeling less alone
– Increased confidence and mastery over voices
– Increased understanding of voices
– New strategies to reduce distress
– Opportunities to support others as well as receiving support

This Hearing Voices Group is a part of Aftercare’s Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program in South Brisbane is facilitated by experienced support workers.


When: Every second Wednesday of the month (starting Wednesday 5 June 2013)
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Aftercare’s Inner Brisbane South Office at 53 Avison Street, Moorooka QLD (behind the shops at the corner of Beaudesert Road and Muriel Avenue)
To refer: Click here to download a referral form and return by email once completed

For more information or to join the group please call Aftercare’s South Brisbane team on 07 3249 3800. You can also contact the facilitator directly via email or by phone on 0434 193 483.