Support Groups in South Gippsland

Carers & Support Groups

Arthritis South Gippsland Support Group

Do you suffer from Arthritis and would like to talk to, and, share experiences with people who understand what you are going through, join a Support Group in Korumburra or Leongatha. Korumburra: Meetings/Chats are held in the Korumburra Indoor Recreation Centre Sports Lane via King Street, at 2.00pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Leongatha: Meetings are at the Leongatha RSL on the first Monday of the month at 6.00pm. Cost is a Gold Coin donation.

For more information contact Adam 0408 353 785, Marg 0417 154 057 or Diane 5658 1443.

Bass Coast School Holiday Special Needs Get-Together

All parents and family members of children who have a development delay or disability are welcome. Held between 10am – 11.30am, The venue varies between Inverloch & Wonthaggi.

Contacts: Shannon 0404 535 990,  Claire 0402 560 549

Cancer Support Groups

Finding a local Cancer support group has just got easier. More than 120 cancer support groups meet regularly across Victoria. Relaxed and informal – and outside of the hospital setting, they’re run by people with a firsthand experience of cancer under the guidance of Cancer Council Victoria. 

To Find a local Support Group in the Bass Coast or start your own group please contact Patrick Gallus (03) 9514 6405 or Patrick.Gallus@cancervic.org.au

Corinella & San Remo Cancer Support Groups

Bass Coast Community Health:

The Corinella Support Group meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 12.00 noon, at the Corinella Community Centre, Smythe street, Corinella. Cost $2.

Contact Peter Berkers on (03) 5678 1150 or 0417 157 144 – email petrus.berkers@bigpond.com

The San Remo Support Group meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Bass Coast Community Centre, 1 Back Beach road, San Remo from 10.00am – 12.00 noon. Cost $2

Contact Josie Knocker on (03) 5671 9200 – email josie.knocker@bcchs.com.au

Down Syndrome Parent Group

For parents of children with Down Syndrome aged from birth -18 years welcome.

Contact Cher for a catch-up on 0437 700 511

Inverloch – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Inverloch and District Autism Spectrum support group meet on the first Wednesday of every month, during school term, at the Inverloch Hub (large meeting room that opens out to the playground) 16 Abeckett St., Inverloch from 10.30am-12.30pm. All are welcome so come and join us for a chat and a cuppa, while the kids play in the playground. Tea and coffee provided at no cost. We provide support, information sharing and social get-togethers. We have lots of information on services in the area. Join us on Facebook: Inverloch & District ASD Support Group

Contact Tona on 0407 622 949 or email: tonaleo@me.com

Inverloch – South Gippsland Mental Illness Carers Group

If you are caring for someone with a mental illness, it can be a stressful, lonely and difficult experience. This support group enables people who are caring for someone with a mental illness, that they are not alone, and in the company of other carers where they can find support, friendship, and at times, a laugh! We meet at the Bass Coast Community Health building, next door to the supermarket in Reilly Street, Inverloch, at 10.00am on the 2nd Monday of every month, except January and June – and a couple of ‘odd’ Mondays when we meet on the Wednesday at a bakery.

If you would like to join us or find out more, please phone Maggie on (03) 5658 1781 or Rosemary on (03) 5662 4352 or email maggiespinks@hotmail.com.

Leongatha/Korumburra Parent & Carers Group

Parents & carers of kids with disability are all welcome to join us at South Gippsland Specialist School 13 Horn Street Leongatha. Come along for a cuppa & chat. Coffee & tea provided. Free event.

Contact Yvonne yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au

Maffra Carers Group

Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month from February to November – providing information and support for people in various caring roles. Meets at the Maffra Hospital 48 Kent Street in the Community Meeting Room from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.  Bring a plate to share. If you know someone who could benefit – please feel free to extend a welcome to come along.  We hope to see you there!

Details call Pam S on (03) 5145 5417 or Thelma C on (03) 5145 1387.

Morwell – Gippsland Carers Association Inc

Works to support family carers of people with disabilities, aged frailty, chronic or mental illness.  Gippsland Carers free service includes Information, Support, Advocacy, links to services and a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear for carers of family or friends.  Our drop in centre – Carers Place, 185 Commercial Road Morwell is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am until 3pm.
Lorraine, our Carer Mentor is also available to come to you if you are unable to come to our office. Support groups are run across Gippsland and we can put you in contact with one near you.  Carer support group in Morwell meets from 10 am till 12 on the first Wednesday of each month except January, at the ‘Rose Garden room’.

For more information contact Lorraine Beasley on (03) 5133 3343, 0429 892 260 or carermentor@gippslandcarers.org

Morwell – Parent Support Group

Do you have a child (any age) with a disability? Would you be interested in an informal Support Group? Would you like to share a coffee and chat with other parents in a relaxed place? If you have answered yes please attend. This group will be assisted by Parent to Parent Gippsland.

Queries to yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au, (03) 5135 3131 or call Emma on 0467 982 565.

Sale – Wellington Special Needs Network Inc

Wellington Special Needs network are a group of parents of children & adult children with disabilities who get together over a coffee & supper to share knowledge experience & information
Come along & join us if you are interested on the first Monday of the month during school Term at 5 Star Housing between Howard & McCole Street Sale.

For more info contact Rosemary – 0413 010 047, Anita – (03) 5144 4408 or bennell@vic.australis.com.au

Traralgon – SUPPAUT ASD Support Group

The Latrobe Region Parent/Family Support group for those who have kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). SUPPAUT meets at the Latrobe Special Development School, Hickox Street, Traralgon (enter at first gate and sign in at office). The group is a parent run group that aims to support one another as parents of a child/children with Autism (or Asperger’s, PDD or other autism-related conditions). They meet every last Thursday of the month except School/Public Holidays, from 10.30am-12.30pm. So come along for a cuppa and a chat.

For more information call Louise on 0414 540 296 or email varsaci@aussieebb.com.au or join their group on Facebook – SuppAUTAutism support group for families in Latrobe Valley, Victoria.

Traralgon – Down Syndrome Parent Group

Parents of children with Down Syndrome aged from birth – 18 years welcome.

Contact: 0430 209 641  E: p2pg@noahsarkinc.org.au

Warragul – Gippsland Carers Association

Works to support family carers of people with disabilities, aged frailty, chronic or mental illness.  Gippsland Carers free service includes Information, Support, Advocacy, links to services and a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear for carers of family or friends. Carer support group in Warragul meets at Warragul Regional Library, Victoria St Warragul from 10am until 12 on the fourth Wednesday of each month except December.

For more information contact Lorraine Beasley, Carer Mentor on (03) 5133 3343 or 0429 892 260 or carermentor@gippslandcarers.org

Warragul – Parents of Children With Disability or Developmental Delay (birth-18years)

Would you like to be involved in a small group of parents who get together to share stories & learn from each other? 10.30am to 12 noon at Warragul Community House, 138 Normandy St

Enquiries: 0430 209 641.  E: p2pg@noahsarkinc.org.au