Surviving Christmas 2020 : Wednesday 16th December [ pdf Download Flyer (244 KB) ]

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Christmas can be overwhelming on the best of years. Family politics, logistics of holiday planning, the stress of gift shopping… but as we leave lockdown and enter “Covid normal”, this year we are faced with a new set of changes and challenges on top of the pre-existing ones.

This workshop aims to provide you with space to discuss the things that are concerning YOU as Christmas approaches - be that having mixed feelings about socializing again, worries about addressing potential conflicts, or experiencing feelings of exclusion and loneliness, to name a few. We aim to provide a space to safely address YOUR concerns, and work towards forming effective strategies to address them where appropriate.

Join us between 10am and 3pm (including 1hr lunch break and 2x tea breaks) to explore some traditional and creative therapy strategies that may assist in easing the worries of Christmas 2020.

This course will be offered via Zoom. The link will be provided through email the day before.

This course will be run with the support of a grant from the Hobson’s Bay City Council.

By being in a group we can feel connected to like-minded people; being in a group helps us feel less isolated. Humans aren’t meant to be alone, but in relationship with others. We hope that by joining this one off group you will experience a sense of connection as you learn with the other members.

The Coronavirus

We at Joseph’s Corner are mindful of people in the midst of the talk we are hearing about with the Coronavirus.

Ensuring we have enough food (and, let’s face it, toilet paper!) is important because we don’t know what is ahead.

deeppeace 300But are we ensuring we are in a good mental state to face whatever comes? Experiences which we may not normally have but could be brought out in response to the current situation:

  • Unnamed fears
  • Fear of the unknown, fear of illness, death, loss of loved ones, job loss etc.
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • With the disappearance of our usual supports, uncertainty, feelings of being overwhelmed, etc.

The counsellors at Joseph’s Corner are available to have phone sessions with you to offer support at this time. We can’t fix the problem but we can support you as you go through it. Please call us on 9315 2680 to avail yourself of this free service.

May the rhythm of this prayer bring you peace...

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

givenow 300Joseph's Corner was established as a not-for-profit charitable organisation in response to the community’s need for free counselling and support for families and friends of those living with alcohol or drug addiction. It has been incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act and the Board of Management meets monthly. Joseph’s Corner’s head office is located in Yarraville.

Sr Jeanne Dwyer oversees the daily running of all operations and services of the organisation, including the volunteers, counsellors and administration staff.

To operate successfully Joseph’s Corner relies on volunteers to assist with administrative duties and the general running of the three counselling sites in Yarraville, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton, as well as the operation of “Merrijig”, the Opportunity Shop.

To fund the running costs of the three counselling centres and to finance the employment of the counsellors, Joseph’s Corner relies totally on donations, fundraising and profits from Merrijig. It is a yearly challenge to operate Joseph’s Corner, as donations and funds raised from Merrijig and fundraising activities are unpredictable and uncertain.

All volunteers have been efficiently timetabled and allocated to the various areas throughout a calendar year to support Joseph’s Corner’s mission to provide high quality counselling and support services free of charge to adults and families in need. Training and support is provided to volunteers.

Currently three counsellors are operating. These counsellors have continued to accept a maximum number of referrals per week.


To provide support to families in stress and crisis.
To provide appropriate ongoing support service, to enable families to cope and manage their difficult situation.


Joseph's Corner will work with the community to assist in dealing with the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use.

Joseph's Corner will have the particular mission to work with and care for families and friends of the users by providing a service free of charge.


  • Counselling with a qualified counsellor
  • Networking
  • Referral information
  • Companionship
  • Group support sessions
  • Appointments can be made for each centre by ringing 03 9315 2680.
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