Lunch and Leisure Club - Riverwood-Punchbowl Anglican Church

The Riverwood Lunch & Leisure Club has a wide and varied program designed to enhance self-esteem, establish friendships and gain personal insight.  Each Wednesday the club provides a meal and a space for safe social contact, plus opportunities to participate in recreational activities like sightseeing in Sydney, listening to guest speakers and participating in workshops, exploring their creative sides through Music, Dance and Art Therapy or simply sharing a meal and some great conversation. 


Riverwood has a large demographic living in public housing and represents greater levels of disability than many other urban communities. It has the highest density of bedsit accommodation of all the NSW Department of Housing Estates (250 total). Many residents:

Receive the Disability Support Pension

Lack a family or supporters to live with

Have not been able to successfully maintain private rental accommodation

Have chronic disabilities

Didn’t grow up nearby or choose to live in this community.

According to SANE Australia, approximately one in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year. Mental illness is a major cause of social isolation and marginalisation in Australia.

All donations to this project are tax deductible.


ABN 28 525 237 517

  • Give thanks to God for allowing this long standing program to operate and for the stability and joy it brings to the lives of its members.
  • For the members on their recovery journey - for safety and for treatments to be effective.
  • That church members would continue to build relationships with members of Lunch and Leisure as they interact with them as individuals in the church community.

A tonic against loneliness: Friends, food and fun!

Riverwood-Punchbowl Anglican Church runs a weekly lunch for people struggling with mental illness to provide a space for them to met friends and feel loved.

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