Activity Centres and Tangata Whaiora Groups

Able Minds facilitates Activity Centres and Groups which are formalised meetings where those with mental distress and/or addiction can come for peer support but also to actively focus on their recovery by learning new life and vocational skills to build self-esteem and confidence.

They are proven groups led by lived experience Coordinators supporting people to reconnect with their community.

Dunedin Activity Centre

022 043 3672
2 Calder Street, St Kilda, Dunedin 9012

Dunedin Schedule

June 2024 TBC

May 2024 

Monday 9am - 12.30pm

Baking Group    

Do you want to learn how to bake or brush up some old skills, meet new people and eat some yummy treats?
Then join us on Monday mornings for our baking group where you can do all of these things in one place! Any skill level welcome. 

Tuesday 9am - 12.30pm

Variable Activities

Tuesday activities will rotate on a four to five weekly basis depending on the month. These may include; members café, woodwork with Bunnings, community outings, mindfulness meditation and more. For information on these you can contact the activities coordinator or check out the timetable in the reception area at the centre. Closing times on a Tuesday may vary depending on the activity.

Thursday 9am-12.30pm


Thursday mornings is our Foodshare programme, if you have a desire to give back to and support people in your local community then this may be the thing for you. We receive a delivery of rescued food from Kiwiharvest, this food is then made up in to food parcels and delivered to families who are in need of some short-term support.
This is a very popular activity here at the centre and our members enjoy being a part of the process! 

Thursday 1pm - 3pm

Gardening Group     

We have a large vegetable garden and a glasshouse here at Able Minds. If you are a keen gardener, no matter your experience level feel free to join us. Thursday afternoons our gardening group meet to discuss future plans for the garden and decide what we are going to be planting each season, as well as getting out there and getting those green thumbs dirty. The garden is available any day for you to come in and potter around as often as you like.

Friday 9am - 1.30pm

Cooking & Shared Lunch    

Every Friday we have a cooking group and shared lunch. If you would like to learn how to cook or build on the skills you already have then come along and join us in the kitchen. We try to focus on reasonably cheap, healthy and nutritious meals that are easy to make but tasty to eat.
The best part is all sitting down together to eat what we have created!  

Wednesday 12.30pm - 3pm

Baking for Foodshare 

Wednesday afternoon we bake for the community.

At times we may hold other activity based workshops on a Wednesday afternoon.  Eg. caring for indoor plants, beading, macrame etc

Alexandra Activities Centre

021 354 259
28 Ashworth Street, Alexandra 9320


May 2024 Schedule - TBC

April 2024 Schedule

Monday & Friday 10am - 2.30pm

Arts Based Programme    

We have a flexible 10 week plan involving ideas from the group members and help from local volunteers from within our community. The group members are encouraged to be as involved as they want to be or as much as they feel comfortable.  To read more click here

Tuesdays 10am - 2.30pm

Roxburgh Wellness Group    

Are you affected by mental distress or anxieties?  Do you feel isolated?  
Please join us for comradery, with those who understand, engaging in wellness activities to build confidence and reintegrate into the community.
Every Tuesday 10 am - 2.30 pm
"The Cottage" behind the Medical Centre.
(Accessible building)
For more information, please contact Alexandra Team 03 448 9303

Invercargill Peer Support

027 248 9307
36 Kelvin Street, Invercargill 9810


Tuesdays - 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Walkers Group

This group is about connecting while walking with others. Getting out and exercising has a positive effect on our mental health. Walking tracks vary each week, depending on weather. Plans updated on Mondays.

Wednesdays 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Art & Craft Group 

This is a group where people can meet to connect with each other over a creative project. This includes shared group projects and individual projects. A place to connect while doing art, crafts and mural painting.

Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Peer Group    

Shared lunch and connecting with others is on the menu.

Last Friday of each month
Kotahitanga Peer Group

A group focusing on wellbeing from a Maori perspective.

Various days and times
Pop-up groups

Random pop-up groups that are about celebrating St Patricks Day, beading workshops, mental health awareness week or a speaker.