Able Minds facilitates Activity Centres and Peer Support Groups for Tangata Whaiora in a community-based environment.
These are formalised group sessions where those with mental distress and addiction issues can come for peer support as well as actively focus on their recovery by learning new skills to build self-esteem and confidence both on and off site.
These groups are proven to get results and are led by our Coordinators and Peer Support Workers to reconnect people back into the community.
See the calendar below for the schedule of activities being run at the Able Minds Dunedin Centre
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.
Keep Fit - Mind & Body
Join us on Tuesday for a variety of activities each week aimed at keeping your body and mind fit and well.
Walking, outdoor games such as cricket, soccer, frisbee, sit and be fit, as well as mindfulness and meditation.
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!
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.
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!
Art and Craft
Wednesday is our art and craft day, different mediums of art and craft each week. Indulge your creative streak here at the activity centre for your own pleasure or perhaps to make something special for a loved one, family member or friend.
We also have a woodwork workshop that will be running once a month at this stage, join us to create your own woodwork project, create a new passion and learn some new skills.
See below for the regular activites
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
This is a chance for anyone who is struggling with their mental health/ addiction or for someone who is caring for someone who is struggling. This is a safe and confidential time and space for people to offload and seek support and information. We can do this as a group or on a one to one basis.
This group is designed for people who are at different stages of any type of grief and loss, whether it’s loss of a job, loss of an income or loss of a loved one. We offer a grief starter kit which has an outline the different stages of grief, some tangible ideas to help deal with your loss and also some myths about grief. Again, this is run in a group setting but we also have options for speaking privately with some one and the ability to check in between sessions.
See below for the regular groups being held. Please contact us for further information.
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.
Collective Creators 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.
Cuppa and Chat Group
This is a space where people can meet in a warm relaxed atmosphere and share stories, do mindfulness colouring, play games and take time out. On occasions there will be speakers to inform and educate.