Health & wellbeing programs

Sunrise Social Groups

Women-centred groups for people with disabilities from all cultures who live in Melbourne’s West.

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About the groups

Sunrise Social Groups are groups for women, gender diverse people and/or nonbinary folk, who have a disability, chronic health issues and/or mental health challenges.

The groups support participants to:

  • Build friendships and a support network.
  • Get information about staying healthy and build their confidence.
  • Find out about local services and connect to their community.

What we do

Face to Face Meetings:

GenWest supports three different groups to get together for a couple of hours

once a fortnight at a disability accessible venue in three local government areas:

  • Brimbank – held in Sunshine every second Monday (10:30am-1.00pm)
  • Wyndham – held in Tarneit every second Wednesday (12:30-3:00pm)
  • Melton – held in Melton every second Tuesday (10:30am-1.00pm)

We plan what we want to do together.

We like to do social things, like:

  • Having a BBQ in the park
  • Visiting the Zoo
  • Beauty therapy & massage
  • Arts and crafts

We often have guest presenters that speak to us about things like:

  • Health and well-being
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Safety at home and in the community
  • Services in the community.

Online Meetings:

We also meet fortnightly (every second Monday) through Zoom with all Sunrise group members across Melbourne’s West. We connect with one another online and share information, learn new skills from each other and link up with services across local areas. If you are new to using computers, we can support you to learn how to use computers, iPads/tablets and a mobile phone, so you can participate in Zoom meetings and more.

Join us

It’s free to join for people who are over 18, live in the west of Melbourne and are not a NDIS participant. Morning or afternoon tea is provided and most of our activities are free too! Sessions will be hosted in English however all cultures are welcome.

If you are interested in joining but feel unsure, how about trying us out? The facilitators are Fofi & Beth who are happy to talk to you on the phone or meet with you.

If it is hard for you to get around, we can help you work out what support you might need. You can bring a friend if this would help.

How to get involved

For more information, questions or to sign up, contact Beth or Fofi at GenWest on:

Phone: 1800 436 937 or 0407 061 702


*GenWest warmly welcomes women, trans, gender diverse people and/or non-binary folks who are comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women. We believe individuals have the right to express and identify their gender however they choose.

“Sunrise has helped me in incredible ways. I am back at uni, I have become a scout leader, youth and LGBTIQA+ advocate, and I am finding my way as a community leader. I could not have done any of this without Sunrise. The 2022 me, could not have gotten out the front and run a painting class.”

Sunrise participant

Download the Sunrise brochure and flyer

Contact us

Call us

1800 436 937

Email us

Visit us

317-319 Barkly Street


Naarm/Melbourne VIC 3011

More info
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