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Sunrise women’s groups

Sunrise women’s groups are for women in Melbourne’s west who are living with a disability, want to meet other like-minded women and feel connected. Sunrise is for women with a physical and/or intellectual disability, and women who experience mental illness or chronic Illness.

Where are the groups?

Sunrise groups get together fortnightly in Melton, Sunshine and Wyndham. All venues are wheelchair accessible and public transport is nearby.

What types of things do we do at Sunrise?

We come together to:

  • Build friendships and support each other
  • Get information about staying healthy
  • Build our confidence
  • Get to know our local community
  • Find out about services
  • Try new things and have some fun!

We plan what we want to do together every six months. This often includes inviting guest presenters that speak to us about things like:

  • Self-advocacy
  • Managing pain and medication
  • How to build healthy relationships
  • Relaxation and mindfulness

We also do social things, like:

  • Visiting interesting places in Melbourne
  • Cooking meals together
  • Massage
  • Tai Chi

It’s free to join, and most of the activities are free too.

Sunrise group for women who are carers

We also have a social group for women who care for a family member or loved one with a disability. This group meets fortnightly at Melton Library.

How do I join a group?

To find out more about the Sunrise groups and where they are, or to get a copy of our latest calendar of events, please call or email Tess, the Sunrise project worker at Women’s Health West.

Phone: 9689 9588
Email: info@whwest.org.au

What if I feel a little nervous about coming along?

The first step is to ring the Sunrise project coordinator, she will arrange to meet with you and can help you work out what assistance you might need to come along. For example, you might want to come along with someone you trust while you get to know the group.

If you are interested in joining but feel a little unsure, we encourage you to give us a try. We would love to meet you.

Watch this short video about the Sunrise program and hear from other women about their experience of being part their group.

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