Authors: Emma Clutterham, SA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: rehabilitation and recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Gully is a community based rehabilitation day program for people aged 18 to 65 living in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide who experience a mental illness. The Gully offers a 4 day group and drop-in program and some individual support to help members to work towards their rehabilitation goals. The Gully Volunteer Program draws on the skills and abilities of people with mental illness through the involvement of consumer volunteers in co-facilitating group programs and assisting with administrative tasks and driving. Within the program, the volunteers share their experience and strategies gained in the process of recovery from mental illness, fostering hope and acting as role models by sharing ways of overcoming the disabling effect of mental illness. This paper will outline the process of development of the Volunteer Program, and the benefits and challenges identified in a recent evaluation study of the program.