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Rotary Club of Ringwood – the GROW program

By August 20, 20082 Comments

The Rotary Club of Ringwood is one of the many Rotary clubs that form District 9810 covering Melbourne’s eastern and southeastern suburbs.

Tonight’s Rotary meeting included a speaker from GROW, a peer support program for people with mental illnesses. The organisation was formed in 1957 as a community based mental health movement organised and led by people who have experienced mental health issues. GROW consists of a network of over 300 local groups, including Box Hill, Ringwood and Lilydale. The groups meet on a weekly basis for a two hour duration and provide mutual support for members.

GROW has recently initiated a new project known as GROW – Better Together. This program, which received funding through the Federal Government, provides peer support for Carers of someone with a mental illness. The initiative provides an opportunity for carers to discuss their situations and challenges with other cares and provide mutual support. Like GROW, the GROW – Better Together program meets on a weekly basis for a two hour duration. A GROW – Better Together group has been meeting at Ringwood since February this year at the Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) offices in Warrandyte Road.

GROW is a unique organisation focused on mutual support and self help, for more information on please visit

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:


  • Vasti van Wyk says:

    To whom it may concern,

    Tim is a year 11 student that lives in Ringwood and his mother is unable to financially support his art talents to send him to the national art camp.
    I was wondering if you offer any kind of support for disadvantaged youth in terms of funding for art supplies, camps or anything that will help Tim to reach his full potential?

    Please get back to me, as I would appreciate knowing whether or not you offer these kind of services in special circumstances.
    Thanks, Vasti

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