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Mix, 212 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt

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Mix is a not for profit organisation that supports those who live with the experience of mental illness, through a variety of creative and life skill opportunities.

There are two separate programs running at 212 Knights Rd.

The House is open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
The Art Studios are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Special courses are held on Fridays in both spaces, with a different topic each month.  

Art Studios (Te Whare Marama) and Mix Gallery

We offer a wide range of visual art workshops for beginners and experienced alike, including bone carving, ceramics, drawing and painting. A variety of mediums are offered throughout the year, based on the suggestions of the participating artists. To learn more about Mix Art, please visit our Art Lovers page.

Info for Participants

Mix is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has, or has had the experience of mental illness.

We work in partnership with the mental health consumers who use the service and welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Please feel free to talk to staff if you need support, have a concern or a complaint or a suggestion to make!

We offer a local pick up and drop off service most days, (from Taita to Petone) for those
unable to access public transport.

Phone (04) 569 3162 to see if we pick up in your area. Rides are booked by phoning in before 9.30 am.

History - Mix 212 Knights Road

Formerly known as Take 5 & Te Whare Marama, services originally started in 1980 as an informal social / support group for those with mental health needs in the Hutt valley. Set up under the Hutt Mental Health Regional Network, it went on to develop a day programme with social and recreational activities, life skills programmes and work co-operatives.

The property at 212 Knights Rd was purchased in 1991 by the Hutt District of the Wellington Area Health Board with a grant from the sale of state telecommunications, for use by Take 5.  After a long battle, resource consent was obtained and a prefab was relocated to the premises in 1992. In 1993 the prefab was transformed into an Art workspace, with funding from the then Community Funding Agency. The Art Space was named Te Whare Marama.

In 1995 Take 5 separated from the umbrella of Hutt Regional Community Mental Health Services (Inc) and became Take 5 & Te Whare Marama Incorporated.

A merger in 2012 with Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH) in Upper Hutt has resulted in the Society changing into Mix – Connecting, Creating, Living Incorporated.

Mix, 4 Sinclair Street, Upper Hutt

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Located at 4 Sinclair St, the Mix Upper Hutt centre is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

There is a daily program of activities at the centre to facilitate peoples well-being.  The centre is also open for participants to drop in for a drink and to meet and socialise with people.

Mix, 4 Sinclair St, Upper Hutt is a friendly service where people are valued for who they are. Our environment supports a culture which encourages participation, interaction and personal growth. This is a safe place where people are made to feel welcome and there is opportunity to make new friends.

The service offers the following:

A place to meet with others
Group Activities
Guest Speakers
Lunches
Computers
Arts and Crafts
Telephone

Info for Participants

We work in partnership with service users and welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please feel free to talk to staff if you need support, have a concern ,complaint or a suggestion to make!

History – 4 Sinclair St - From MASH  to Mix :

Formerly known as Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH), this service started in Upper Hutt in 1976.

The original vision was to offer a befriending service for people with disabilities living in Upper Hutt who were socially isolated.

Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH) became an Incorporated Society in 1995.

Merger

Mix – Connecting, Creating, Living Incorporated is the new name resulting from the merger of Lower Hutt’s Take 5 & Te Whare Marama Inc and Upper Hutt’s Modern Approach to Social Health Inc.

The two organisations had both been operating for at least 30 years providing support and services to socially isolated people, often those living with the experience of mental illness.

A decision was made in 2011 to merge the organisations in an effort to offer more varied programmes and activities for people within their local community.