The Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs) is for people aged 16 and over who have significant functional limitations resulting from mental illness. It is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services to provide support and case management services.
PHaMs seeks to promote a greater understanding of mental illness in the community and the part we can all play to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. It is a ‘strengths based’ program, focusing on what the person with a mental illness can do, rather than what they cannot. The program demonstrates that people with mental illness can lead a fulfilled life in the community with the same opportunities as other people.
Participants work with their own skilled mentor who supports them on their recovery journey. Together, they build trust and work on goals the participant has chosen. If they choose, the participant’s family, carer and friends can also be involved in the program. PHaMs runs group activities in the community to enable participants to develop skills and confidence.
Anglicare PHaMs supports people in all of Sydney’s eastern suburbs covering areas known as Randwick/Kingsford and La Perouse/Maroubra.
You can also visit the Department of Social Services website to locate a PHaMs service in your area.
Food and Finances
Immediate support is on offer through Anglicare’s Emergency Relief program. An appointment can be made at a local service centre at Broadway, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Summer Hill and Waverley by ringing (02) 9798 1400. Following assessment, people in financial hardship or crisis can be assisted with food parcels, vouchers and utility bills. Many of these services are strongly linked with Anglican parishes. We rely on donations from the community to keep these services running for people in desperate situations.
Anglicare has two locations for counseling in the eastern suburbs St Marys Waverley and St Martins Kensington for all appointments call 02 9798 1400. Counselling is offered by Christian professionals who are tertiary qualified in psychology, social work or counselling.