Yakkalla Bateau Bay

We respect and recognise each person’s individuality, interests and goals. We offer a range of art and musical activities and educational and support programs.

Social and Recreational Program in Bateau Bay

Yakkalla is a welcoming community. Members can connect with each other over a cup of tea, a game of cards or any other casual activity.
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What to expect at Yakkalla

Members participate in fun social and educational activities. Programs are designed by participants for participants. Monthly members meetings guide what activities are available at Yakkalla.

Here are examples of Yakkalla activities:

  • Men’s interest groups
  • Women’s interest groups
  • Social outings
  • Wellness workshops (including meditation, walking and stretch groups)
  • Art and craft classes
  • Music interest groups
  • Handyperson (woodwork) workshop
  • Theatre sports, discussion groups and writing club
  • Bowling and pool comps

Participants will be informed of what is involved in any activity, such as:

  • Participating staff members
  • Start and finish times
  • What to bring
  • Costs involved (if any)

Alternative activities are prepared in the event of unsuitable weather.

Who can join Yakkalla?

Yakkalla is open to men and women aged 18 and over, whose lives have been impacted by mental illness.

If you are interested in participating, you can contact us, or have someone communicate with us on your behalf.

We are an accredited NDIS provider for people living with a Psychosocial disability. Talk to us about how we can support your NDIS plan.

We engage in active listening with our members, to create activities and opportunities that fulfil participant unique and specific needs.

Our qualified staff bring lived-experience expertise of mental health related issues to Yakkalla.

Our community also includes volunteers and students with interest, expertise and experience in mental health recovery.

Why join Yakkalla?

  • We see participants for more than just their mental illness. We recognise the lived-experience of people who are impacted by mental health, and acknowledge this as an expertise.
  • We recognise that each person is a unique individual, with their own interests and goals
  • We work with participants to identify and achieve your goals
  • Your strengths and interests are nurtured
  • Our qualified, lived-experience staff, students and community will support you if you are experiencing social isolation
  • We connect you with others in the local community, enabling friendships
  • You are encouraged to make your own choices about how you lead your life
  • "We can see people progressing, for example some people came with a support worker at first and now they are comfortable to come on their own."
  • "We are a supportive team; we can debrief together and support each other if things get tough.”
  • “I love playing in the band, and seeing the people there, who are now my friends.”
  • “Everyone’s wonderful, helpful and friendly, the art teacher is great.”
  • “It’s a positive, happy atmosphere, I feel good and calm when I’m there.”

Find the right support for your needs.

To discuss your needs and find a program that's right for you, contact our friendly support team on (02) 4323 7731.
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