Formerly The Kindness Effect

Dive Deep. Be brave. Create change.

The world is a confusing place, especially when we are trying to figure out who we are and our place in it. Our workshops enable people to understand and connect to themselves, others and our world.

If we can teach people to understand and connect to themselves and the people around them, we can create a generational shift that produces a more compassionate and healthy community.

We want to help people grow and live a happy life.

Grow Club enables individuals to understand and connect to themselves, others and their community.

Through our workshops we enable
individuals and communities to grow.

Kate Rizzo
Founder + Workshop Facilitator

Kate has a passion for people, animals, our planet and a commitment to social justice. She holds degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and is currently working in a variety of roles including social worker, university lecturer, facilitator, speaker and writer.

Kate grew up with three younger sisters and a mother that taught her to forge her own path, wherever it may lead and a father who taught her the importance of laughter. Her journey has been one of constant change and a sense of being alone, which sparked the idea of The Kindness Effect. This, along with her time in South Africa and her life experiences have led her to believe that we all have a part to play in creating a better world. Kate has a soft spot for the underdog and wants nothing more than for people to be kind to themselves and those around them. Kate describes herself as a dreamer, but of late has discovered that we must take action if we want to create change in our lives and the world around us.

Meet our team

“It was hard at first, as it was way out of my comfort zone, but having those kind of conversations really made a positive difference for me.”

– Eloise, Year 10 Student, Billanook College

“Kate and her team have provided excellent support and service to Ride2School. I have been thoroughly impressed with her facilitator abilities, her professionalism and her expertise. Thank you for all your assistance Kate! MIND.BODY.PEDAL would not be the same without you!”

– Lisa Casey, Ride2School Director, Bicycle Network

“There’s a certain energy that Kate brings through her presence. I feel completely comfortable to be myself at her workshops and I leave feeling like I understand myself better. The activities, talks and reflections that Kate explores are extremely insightful and fulfilling, as a participant to be part of.”

– Georgia, student from the Young Entrepreneurs Program

“Kate and her team have provided wellness workshops at our adult dance camps for two-years running on the topics of self compassion and reconnecting with the inner child. The sessions were engaging and fun and more importantly, had key take-homes to implement after the workshops. All participants were made to feel at ease and despite some heavy subjects, we achieved 100% participation with really positive feedback. We’ll be using Kate and her team for future workshops, without a doubt!”

– Megan Jessop, Director, Dance Habit

Who we are


We are the ray of sunshine. We are about the big ideas, that kindness can change the world. And we really believe that to be true. This is Grow Club at its most bubbly and passionate.


While we’re dreamers, we are not all clouds and rainbows. We are practical in our approach and we are always solutions focused.


We are resolute in our purpose. We are brave in the way we teach, in our messages and our approach. We address modern issues, even if they are tough to talk about.