Bateau Bay based mental health support centre, Yakkalla, has reopened.
Yakkalla is a social and recreation program designed to connect people living with mental illness with opportunities to pursue their goals and interests in a safe and supportive environment.
The program is coordinated by Central Coast ARAFMI, who were forced to close the Yakkalla Cottage when pandemic restrictions came into effect in March.
While staff and volunteers have been keeping in touch with them during the lockdown, members have indicated that they’re keen to return to Yakkalla to reconnect with friends and dive back into their creative pursuits.
Luckily, they’re now able to, with Central Coast ARAFMI CEO, Rhonda Wilson, confirming Yakkalla had reopened on May 18.
In an effort to keep members, staff, volunteers and visitors safe, Wilson said members now had to make appointments to visit the cottage, but once that was taken care of, they’re welcome to re-engage with their friends and the myriad of activities available at Yakkalla, with staff conducting regular COVID-19 screening.
Wilson said staff had also been busy getting the cottage upgraded during their downtime.
“We are looking forward to sharing improvements, including a new multi-media and creative arts room.
“We also have a refurbished space for our members and community to use for training and functions.
“We welcome everyone on their mental health recovery journey to join Yakkalla.
“Our programs are NDIS approved and our team can also help with forming participant plans,” Wilson said.
Press release, May 18
Rhonda Wilson, Central Coast ARAFMI