Group Activities Programs


Afghan Carers

 Carers Groups

The Group Activities Program offers a unique social support opportunity for carers and care recipients.

The program was established more than ten years ago with only two language groups. In 1997, the program grew to include five groups in five ethno specific languages located in the Northern Region. Since its expansion in 2001, the program has grown considerably to include nine ethno specific languages (Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Afghan, Japanese and Karen). ADEC now runs 17 language specific Carers’ support groups. The program consists of a Planned Activities Program Coordinator, a Planned Activities Procedures Officer and Group Facilitators (Bi-lingual workers) who run the groups.

Mental Health/Well-being Groups

ADEC facilitates mental health support groups for people with mental health issues, their carers and family members. ADEC is currently running 7 Mental Health/ Well- being groups across Northern and Western regions of Melbourne. These groups are language specific. Currently these groups are run in five languages (Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Afghan and Somali).

These groups meet monthly and offer culturally appropriate information, education, peer support and recreation sessions. Members feel comfortable to support each other and receive information in their own languages about mental health and mental health services. These groups not only help individual group members, but also have a role in reducing the stigma of mental illness within their communities

 High Needs Groups

ADEC also runs 10 High Needs Groups in four languages (Chinese, Turkish, Afghan and Arabic) across Northern and Western regions. High needs groups offer support to Old/Frail people with disabilities and are socially isolated. In this group, clients are picked up from their homes and taken out on an outing (such as a lunch at a restaurant, picnic in a park, movie, etc.).The clients are given an opportunity to move around in a group under professional supervision and get to socialise with each other thereby reducing their social isolation.

 Program objectives

  • To encourage participation of people from ethnic backgrounds in existing support/recreation services

  • To facilitate the development of an informal support network for carers from ethnic backgrounds and care recipients

  • To increase members’ knowledge on disability, recreation and support services

  • To support carers from ethnic backgrounds and care recipients and address the issue of isolation and difficulties in access and integration of existing disability support services

  • To facilitate the empowerment of carers and people with a disability

    Aims of groups

  • To provide information, education, support and skills to carers to support their roles as carers in the community
  • To provide the program in an integrated manner in order to link carers and care recipients to local and broader services

  • To continue to provide and facilitate the development of flexible recreational respite opportunities

    Groups’ outcomes

  • Encourage carers and families to access planned respite services
  • Promote the concept of “carer” within the ethnic communities

  • Increase the participation rates in disability and respite services

  • Provide formal/informal learning or training on issues identified by carers

  • Encourage carer involvement in preparing plans of activities

  • Empower carers and care recipient to make better informed decisions


    All groups meet on a monthly basis. There is no cost for clients to join these groups. Membership to all groups is free. A breakdown of carers’ groups can be found by clicking HERE.



  • Someone with a disability
  • Old and/or frail (may use a walking frame/cane)
  • Socially isolated
  • Could have a language barrier
  • From an ethnic background



  • Someone who is a carer of a person with a disability/mental health issue
  • Socially isolated
  • Could have a language barrier
  • From an ethnic background
  • Referred people (or self-referred people) who believe that an individual will benefit from the support group



  • People diagnosed as experiencing mental illness who are under the care of a psychiatrist, general medical practitioner, or a mental health worker
  • Referred people (or self-referred people) who believe that an individual will benefit from the support group

  • Self-referred clients experiencing mental health issues

  • People experiencing mental illness who speak the language of the particular self-help group or have poor English language skills

  • People on a Voluntary Community Treatment Order (but not people on an Involuntary Community Treatment Order)

A breakdown of mental and high needs’ groups can be found by clicking HERE.


Please click here to view our intake and referral information.