Bateau Bay (Yakkalla)

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.

Yakkalla Social and Recreational Program in Bateau Bay

Yakkalla is a community of people who share a sense of belonging. Participants make friends, connect with the world around them and participate in activities and outings designed by participants to satisfy their needs. 

Yakkalla, is a NDIS approved program. We recognise that each participant’s life has been affected by mental illness is a unique individual, with their own interests and goals.

We walk alongside you as you discover what recovery and wellness means to you.

Yakkalla is open to anyone who is impacted by mental health issues. If you’re not sure how to join, just come in and have a cuppa and chat between 9:00am to 3:00pm - Monday to Thursday. 

Call David to learn more on (02) 4334 3666

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At Yakkalla, we listen to you

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.

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.

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

What to expect at Yakkalla

Yakkalla is a welcoming community, and some members say, is more like a family. Members can connect with each other over a cup of tea, game of cards or any other casual activity.

Members also 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.

The Trust

Where to find us

Yakkalla Cottage

Yakkalla Cottage is next door to Bateau Bay Fire Station, a 2 minute walk from the Bus Terminal at Bateau Bay Square Shopping Centre.

6 Community Road
Bateau Bay, NSW 2261

(02) 4334 3666


Opening Hours
Mondays to Thursday
9:00am to 3:00pm

Mental Health Support

Our mental health support services are open to anyone aged 18 and over, whose lives have been impacted by mental illness.

Family & Carers Support

We have a designated worker who is dedicated to supporting families, working holistically within the family unit.

Respite Accommodation

We offer short-stay accommodation for carers and individuals that are experiencing mental health issues.