Southern Council Collaboration

Southern Council Collaboration volunteers

With the support of the Southern Services Reform Group, the cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham and Onkaparinga, have collaborated to deliver a suite of wellbeing workshops and diverse range of initiatives, such as a 2021 Wellness Calendar.

 2021 Calendar


The suite of wellbeing programs include (brief summary below):

Wellbeing & Resilience Program  

The Wellbeing and Resilience Program is delivered to residents across the southern region. The free six week program is based on positive psychology, PERMA framework and utilising a strengths-based approach to build capacity and empower residents. The aim of the program is to enable older people to withstand and adapt to changes in everyday life, improve quality of life, enhance wellbeing, confidence and optimism. This is done through a series of six workshops (2.5 hours each workshop) exploring a range of skills, such as:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Event-Thought-Reaction
  • Gratitude
  • What’s Most Important
  • Balance Your Thinking
  • Active Constructive Thinking
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Problem Solving
  • Capitalising on Strengths
  • Values Based Goals

Over 300 residents have participated in the program so far.

Additionally, since 2018 we have wellbeing community champions, who have undertaken train-the-trainer and are involved in the Wellbeing and Resilience Program, delivering skills, engaged as peer mentors, and promoting the importance of wellbeing across the southern region.

Men’s specific sessions have been held, facilitated by the male champions, and were a great success.

Because I Can

The Because I Can workshop aims to promote self-management, independence and autonomy through choice and control.

In the free, one off (3.5 hour workshop) participants unpack the toolbox of problem-solving, decision making and goal setting, and go on to explore destinations such as:

  • Eat wisely
  • Natural exercise
  • Managing tiredness
  • Understanding emotions
  • Relaxation & breathing
  • Belonging & support
  • Self-talk
  • Communication skills

Participants go away from the workshop and implement their plans.

Moving Towards Wellness

The Moving Towards Wellness program is a free six week (2.5 hours each workshop) evidence-based self-management workshop focusing on self-efficacy that gives participants a range of tools and action plans to be implemented for day-to-day living and managing chronic disease. The program is based on Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management model which was developed by Professor Kate Lorig and others at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University in California.

Mindset for Life

The Mindset for Life program aims to look at the six phases of retirement, exploring what matters most to participants and how they would like to spend their time.

Mindset for Life is a free three session program (2.5 hours each session) designed to help participants think about their mindset.

The program is aimed at people who are approaching retirement or have recently retired.

*Please note that this program purposely does not look at financial aspects of retirement.