Groups are a place where clients can meet develop friendships and learn new skills.

The Sprout Community Market aims to bring the local community together.

Group recreation, leisure and support

Group recreation, leisure and support services provide opportunities for involvement activities in the general community. Groups are a place where clients can meet other people, develop friendships, and give and receive peer support and learn new skills. Mind has group services at the offices listed below.  For information about other group support services and where they are run, contact Mind on 1300 286 463.

Mind Sprout

Mind Sprout located in Thornbury, Victoria, is a supported community garden that has been developed by those on their recovery journeys from mental health, drug and alcohol challenges and at risk of homelessness.

Sprout provides opportunities for personal, interpersonal and vocational skills development through a range of horticulture and enterprise activities that are valued by the wider community. Sprout helps create opportunities for wellbeing, gardening, creativity, employment, and community strengthening through skill development and community enterprises like Sprout community market.

Sprout Open Gate 

Sprout is open to the public every Thursday 1:00pm to 4:00pm and the open gate sells fresh produce from the Sprout gardens, preserves, seedlings, nursery plants, worm juice and home crafted wares. The shop is staffed by program participants and volunteers and entails vocational training for product display and marketing, customer service, money handling and retail skills. 

Mind Williamstown

Mind Williamstown offers a variety of structured groups and activities as well as an open house which provides an opportunity for participants to socialise and relax in a safe place. The service offers both men’s and women’s groups, a young person’s group, music, art, personal development groups and leisure and recreational activities. Most activities are free and a calendar of activities is sent to participants every two months.

Mind aims to provide a safe and supportive environment and is a place to meet others, form new friendships and develop new skills and interests. The service has a long history of using creative expression as a tool to promote recovery and seeks to provide opportunities for participants to experience and understand themselves differently.

Who can participate in this service?

At our Williamstown site our service is for adults 16–64 years who live within the City of Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong and experience mental health issues. The day service also runs a men’s group for those living in the City of Wyndham.

Access to the service is by referral only, including self-referral. All clients referred to the Williamstown service are given a formal introduction which usually takes place within a few days of Mind staff receiving the referral.

Further information
For further information please contact Mind Williamstown on (03) 9397 2709 or email

Mind Wangaratta

Mind Wangaratta offers a range of educational sessions, including financial, health, personal wellbeing and assertiveness sessions. Recreation is high on the activities timetable.  There are a wide range activities such as bushwalking, swimming in some of the best swimming holes the state has to offer, sporting activities and generally accessing the communities in the region. We try our hardest for our participants to be able to access most if not all these activities by the use of public transport so that they can participate in these activities outside the service hours.

This is all based around community integration for the participants so that life goals and personal challenges can be achieved in a safe and secure environment.

All activities mentioned above and others such as art, cooking and men’s and women’s groups are planned and organised with full participation and input from the participants. This also aids in the success of this service.

Further information
For further information contact Mind Wangaratta on (03) 5723 1000 or email

Mind Morwell

Mind Morwell offers a variety of activities to enhance socialisation, learning new skills and community access. Services on offer range from music, cooking, art, 'Fun Friday’s' as well as men’s and women’s groups.

Mind Morwell provides services to people with low prevalence disorders or people seriously affected by mental health who are currently case managed or clinically supported and between the ages of 16–64, who reside in the Latrobe or Baw Baw shires.

How to access this service
The referral process is usually initiated by telephone. Enquiries can be made by a mental health service, other service providers, self-referral, a family member, friend or worker.

Referral forms are provided for completion by professional support and the applicant and applicants are required to attend an assessment interview before being offered a place at Morwell.

Further information
For further information contact Mind on 1300 286 463 between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or email


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