Phoenix Workshops

Phoenix Workshops

Phoenix Workshops have been a staple component of BGF’s holistic care and support for a number of years. They support PLHIV to face life’s challenges, build confidence and initiate positive change. The workshops engage with participants in areas such as:

  • Mood disorders and resilience
  • Stress, anxiety and managing change
  • Returning to work, study or volunteering
  • Learning new skills (ie - art or short story writing)
  • Social housing issues
  • Legal concerns

Phoenix Workshops have had a profound effect on improving participants’ sense of wellbeing, social inclusion and quality of life. 

Current Workshops

Art Phoenix

This workshop series "HIV heART" will feature outdoor drawing, painting in the studio and the use of collage to create images. The venue for this workshop is in Darlington, and the course runs for 2 hours each Wednesday morning for 6 weeks. A $20 fee applies to cover all materials each course.

Whether you are a beginner with little or no experience, or an experienced artist, this is a forum where you can work at your level and pace. Direction and guidance will be provided to those who request or require it.

Next Workshops

  • Sessions for 2017 to be announced

To learn more about the program, download a brochure.


Money Matters

This workshop is being held over 2 consecutive weeks for 3 hours per session and will be held at the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation offices in Surry Hills, Sydney. 

Topics covered include:

  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Saving and Spending
  • Everyday Banking'
  • Planning for your Future
  • Welfare Rights and Changes to Centrelink Benefits
  • How to Access No Interest Loans for Household Items

This highly interactive workshop is facilitated by Craig Doyle (BGF Financial Counsellor) and Sue Wood (BGF Caseworker).

Learn more about the Money Matters workshop here.


Health Management

The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation offers Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP) workshops for People Living With HIV.

These highly interactive workshops are designed to provide the tools for people to learn how to take control of, and better manage their chronic but manageable health conditions.

Learn how to Take Control of Your Health.


Eat Well Live Well


Run in partnership with Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, this is a 10 week course, teaching not only hands on Cooking skills, but also Health and Nutrition.  We address food insecurity, which is not only defined by income, but by mobility, access to transport, knowledge and skills and good mental health.

Food security is long term and ongoing, rather than week to week and healthy diets lead to good disease management .  HIV and the medications can cause people to have low levels of naturally occurring vitamins that we get from the food we eat compared to people without HIV and throughout the workshop we look at the nutrients most affected and foods that can help replete them.

Subject matter includes:

  • 2 group sessions with a dietician plus 1 on 1 consultations
  • Addressing mental health (Black Dog Institute)
  • Reading food labels and a shopping trip
  • Eating out on a budget and making heathy choices
  • Substituting healthy ingredients
  • Finding the motivation to cook for one
  • Food budgeting
  • Kitchen and food hygiene
  • Hands on cooking skills
  • Mindfulness

Each week all participants also cook a 2 course lunch in the fully equipped commercial kitchen.