Central Coast Arafmi (pronounced ah-raf-me) started as a social space in Kincumber especially for people impacted by mental ill health. Created by families and loved ones, this was the first space on the Central Coast exclusively dedicated to whole families impacted by mental health issues.
In 1994 we launched the Yakkalla pilot program in Bateau Bay.
Today, Yakkalla continues, along with The Trust—Beyond the Stigma in Narara, providing social and recreational activities for people impacted by mental health issues and trauma, along side Arafmi's Family and Carer support program.
In addition to these programs, as part of our University and TAFE partnerships, we also provide the Central Coast community with reciprocal learning environments.
We welcome NDIS and non-NDIS participants to our programs, so that anyone who is impacted by mental ill health can access support.
Recognition of our work includes:
Central Coast ARAFMI promotes mental health and well-being for all, by drawing on the strength and knowledge of our community and by providing education, resources and opportunities.
Our vision is for a community that understands and responds to the impact that mental illness has on individuals and their families.
Lerida House, at 21 Bellbowrie Ave Narara, is a heritage-listed estate, with:
We welcome you to visit us and take a stroll around the gardens or learn more about how we support individuals and families impacted by mental health issues.
Yakkalla Cottage at 6 Community Road Bateau Bay, is home to Yakkalla social and recreational program.
Yakkalla Cottage is available as a community meeting space.
Drop into Lerida House, or Yakkalla Cottage between 9am - 4pm Monday to Thursday. It is best to phone ahead, so we can expect your visit.