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MakeShift: Creativity on Prescription 8 Week Program

10am - 1pm
3 hours x 8 weeks
$330 (incl GST)
Austinmer Scout Hall, Moore St Austinmer

This 8 week course is for people wanting to explore creative practices as a mode of self care and self-management of symptoms and impacts of mental health challenges.

Whether you have a formal diagnoses of PTSD, anxiety, depression, or whether you experience impacts of these from time to time, this course promotes the capacity of each and every person to strengthen the muscle of creativity as part of recovery.

Creative practices explored in the program include drawing and painting, ceramics, writing, music, cooking, gardening and nature.

Each week, we invite a creative artist or practitioner to gently show us their practice. We trial and test what works for us, with reflection on how it makes us feel, whether it changes or shifts any feelings of anxiety, depression or unease, and we also explore how to create these activities as a regular self care practice.

MakeShift: Creativity on Prescription is not a traditional support group, however it is a safe, confidential group experience and we do facilitate self-reflection and participation.

Course facilitators are Caitlin Marshall and Lizzie Rose. This course and its content has been reviewed and approved by a reference group that includes a GP, Psychological and Researcher in the field of Medicine and Health.

Enrollment in the course includes:

  • attendance at 8 weekly 3 hour sessions, each week exploring a different creative practice. You get to keep what you make!
  • a MakeShift workbook
  • access to the MakeShift library
  • contact with our Link Worker throughout the program
  • Follow up with our Link Worker after the program is completed to create your own creative self care plan.

BYO Lunch.

Critera to enrol:

  • Capacity to attend and participant in 8 weekly sessions
  • Motivation to explore creative practices for self care and mental health
  • Reasonable physical mobility to participate in nature walk, and hands-on creative experiences
  • For ages 18+

NDIS clients who are self-managed or Plan Managed can claim this course on their plan. Please email us to arrange on

Caitlin Marshall and Lizzie Rose, plus guests

Caitlin is a qualified social worker and group facilitator, with over 20 years experience in therapeutic support programs and education.

Lizzie is a highly experienced adult educator and facilitator. Together, Caitlin and Lizzie founded Rumpus and have co-designed the MakeShift Program together.

Guest facilitators are creative professionals who recieve training on facilitation in a mental health setting.

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