Spinnaker on Spinnaker: rest, recharge and recover

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” -Ralph Marston

Sharon keenan having a cuppa Spinnaker storyAbove: Sharon Keenan having a well-deserved cuppa while taking time out

Friday the 31st of January 2014 was a very important and successful milestone for all of those great people involved with RichmondPRA Peer Operated Service (POS) in Hervey Bay, as we held an information day about the “Spinnaker on Spinnaker” program at our resource centre. We received plenty of enthusiasm.

Once chosen, a total of 5 people stayed at Spinnaker for a trial period of 4 weeks over January and all the feedback was universally positive. One guest commented, “I had quality time to myself which gave me a clearer head to think about my future plans.”

Spinnaker on Spinnaker’s Rest & Recover Residence is a welcoming 4 bedroom home that provides a comfortable environment for people who need to take a time-out from their usual environment in order to work on personal challenges. Striving hard towards your goals and keeping active are very important, but to prevent burnout it is essential to know your limits. It may sound strange, but sometimes you need to just stop everything in order to go forwards.

The attendance at our opening day was very successful when it came to the bigwigs, as we received visits from the Executive Director, the Consumer Consultant & Service Integration Coordinator of Fraser Coast Integrated Mental Health, as well as 30 local key stakeholders. This was a great opportunity for peers, services providers and the community to get together and have productive conversations.

We showed a power point presentation about all 3 programs with pictures of staff, people who access the POS, Activity Groups & of course pictures of “Spinnaker on Spinnaker.” In addition to the slideshow there was a mural of photos displayed on one of our walls. Guests were also provided with information packs: a “Spinnaker on Spinnaker”’ compendium, peer welcome packs and information flyers about all our programs.

But like with anything in life, there are certain conditions that must be met to stay at Spinnaker.

Spinnaker “Rest & Recover” eligibility criteria

You must identify as having a lived experience of mental health issues, be aged over 18, and you must have a permanent residential address. SPINNAKER ON SPINNAKER IS NOT CRISIS ACCOMMODATION. The Spinnaker Residence doesn’t have the capacity to provide clinical support, and that means individuals will NOT be accepted into Spinnaker directly from hospital.

You also need to have identified a barrier or challenge to your personal recovery that you wish to work on during your stay, and indicate a willingness and commitment to engage in a personal development program (including an individual recovery plan, engaging in peer support and participating within the RichmondPRA Resource Centre for the duration of your stay).

You must also have the ability to manage your own daily living activities and medication and continue to access your existing support systems during your stay.

If you meet the above criteria, then you can contact RichmondPRA Hervey Bay Management in person, by phone on 1300 779 270, or by emailing them at herveybay@richmondpra.org.au . A meeting will then be arranged for an appraisal with the Senior Peer Worker or Manager which will take a minimum of 15-20 minutes to complete.

Stays must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance, and bookings will be made with consideration for room availability, staff availability, individual need, date of last stay and whether or not you are currently accessing RichmondPRA Resource Centre. Also, note that individuals are only able to access Spinnaker 3 (three) times a year, and additional stays will be negotiated on a case by case basis by the Manager.

Individuals will have to negotiate how long they are allowed to stay, but this will not exceed the maximum of 21 days.

The cost is $10 per night per person.

Coming and going

Individuals must arrive at the Spinnaker Residence between 12pm and 2pm on a weekday, and must depart between 10am and 12pm on a weekday. Spinnaker Residence is unable to accommodate arrivals or departures after-hours or on weekends, so please be considerate of this.


Individuals are expected to begin work with the RichmondPRA Peer Work staff on their individual recovery plan during the first day of their stay. They are expected to continue to make time to meet with their RichmondPRA Peer Worker each day.

Individuals under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol while staying at Spinnaker on Spinnaker will be asked to leave immediately. There is zero tolerance on this matter.

RichmondPRA support availability hours

Our WarmLine Support Line is available on 1800 WE LISTEN (1800 9354 7836) Monday to Friday, 9am to10pm, and 4pm to 10pm on weekends.


If you have a medical emergency relating to your mental health while at the Spinnaker Residence, then you can contact Fraser Coast Integrated Mental Health. Their Intake Officers are based at 28 Torquay Road, Pialba between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday ONLY, and their number is (07) 4128 5400

For after-hours emergencies, people can go to the Hervey Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department or ring Triple Zero (000)

Additional support hours, including overnight support will be negotiated on an individual and short term basis. Individuals accessing the Spinnaker Residence are expected to participate in and make use of the RichmondPRA Resource Centre.
Individuals will supply and prepare their own meals, bring their own linen and personal toiletries.

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