Support Groups

CARERS and 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 0408353785, Marg 0417154057 or Diane 5658 1443.

Bass Coast Parent Group
Parents of children with disability or developmental delay aged birth – 18 years
Join us at Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House, 6 Murray Street on Mon Oct 30th 12:30 – 2pm. Parents welcome to bring children – $2 per child & 50c per coffee/tea.  Play area & toys provided by the House.
Parent To Parent Gippsland provides support & information to families in the Gippsland region.
Contact Yvonne 1800 010 453 / 0430 209 641 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au

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

Bairnsdale – Bairnsdale & District Challenging Behaviour Parent Support Group
Parents of children with autism, ADHD, ODD and undiagnosed additional needs are warmly invited to attend an informal opportunity to get together in relaxed surroundings and chat. For further information please contact Narelle 51 522 126 – 0414 915 440 or Yvonne Waite from Parent to Parent GIppsland 1800 010 453 p2pg@noahsarkinc.org.au

Bairnsdale – East Gippsland Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group
For people who want to know more about autism spectrum differences. The Group welcomes ASD individuals, families and children, carers and health professionals. They offer support, understanding, acceptance and information, meeting once a month to share information on services, funding, respite, therapies, experiences and resources.
Uniting Care Gippsland Office in Bairnsdale – 49 McCulloch Street (cnr of Macleod Street) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. For more information contact Julie on 0408 013 555 or autismplans@outlook.com or Rose on 5152 9600 or rose.mckenna@ucgipps.org.au. Tea and coffee provided… Drop in for a cuppa.

Bairnsdale – Autism Social Participant (ASP) Family Day
Autism Social Participant (ASP) Family Day is for families caring for a family member on the autism spectrum who wish to participate in an environment to promote socialising and play with other families living with similar challenges. The ASP Family Day is to encourage all members of the familiy to participate as we are a diversity friendly group, sharing interests and information with others about living with the autism spectrum in East Gippsland. The All Abilities Park on the Princes Highway in Bairnsdale is a brilliant place to meet. It will allow families to relax in an environment that caters for the needs of all family members. We ask that you wear something blue every time so as other families can identify you. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink as well as other support items that will enable you to relax and enoy the company of other families. This group will be meeting from 12.00pm to 2.00pm on the last Sunday of every month and we hope that you can all participate.
For more information contact Julie from GAAP&S (Gippsland AUtism Advococay, Planning & Support) on on 0408 013 555 or autismplans@outlook.com

Bairnsdale – East Gippsland Carers Support Group
Take a short break from caring and enjoy a social evening in the company of other carers at our next monthly meeting. We welcome all non-paid carers of people with a disability – for information, social outlet, linkages with service organisations and support.For further information  Email: carerseg@gmail.com or call Anne on 0401 347 025
Upcoming meeting dates: Thursday, 12 October  6.30pm – 9pm @ RSL, 2 Bairnsdale – Forge Creek Rd  Social Night!  Nov 9  at Uniting Bairnsdale – topic to be confirmed , & Dec – Break up  TBC.

Corinella and San Remo Cancer Support Groups
Bass Coast Community Health would like to advise the Meeting Times for both the Corinella and San Remo Cancer Support Groups. Corinella 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 5678 1150 or 0417 157 144 – email petrus.berkers@bigpond.comThe 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 5671 9200 – email josie.knocker@bcchs.com.au

Coronet Bay School Holiday Special Needs Family Get Together
Wednesday 12 July 10-11.30am Coronet Bay Hall Bantering Bay Road
A chance for families of children with special needs to get together, share knowledge & support each other or have a cuppa while our children play.  This is a parent-run initiative; there are no specialist services involved.  All children welcome.  Please bring your own snacks/drinks.  *$5 for costs.  Please share details. Contact Shannan: 0404535990

Drouin – ‘Building Castles’ Parent Support Group
A parent support group for families who live in & near Drouin who have a child with ADD / ADHD. In 2017 we plan to meet at a well-known venue for a coffee & cake or a meal if you wish, so we have the opportunity to get to know each other. These meetings will happen in the evenings. You are welcome to come along & chat with us. Why not contact us beforehand to enquire or to let us know what your needs are? No question is a silly question! All welcome – parents, grandparents, relatives & interested people are warmly invited to come along.
When: Nov 13 @ 7pm – 9pm
Where: Middels Restaurant, 3 / 94 Princes Way Drouin – http://middels.com.au/
Bring: Money for coffee & cake or a meal if you wish ($10 – your limit). If you wish to come for the meeting without ordering that’s okay too.
Contact: Karlene markandkarlene@yahoo.com.au , Yvonne at Parent To Parent Gippsland on 1800 010 453 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au or 0430 209 641

Drouin – SPOAK Support Group
The Night SPOAK group of Drouin (Supporting Parents Of Asperger/Autism Kids) meet the second Wednesday of the month (except January) at Middels Restaurant, Princes Way, Drouin at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. This is an informal Support Group for Parents and for more information you can call Katrina on 0427 801 160 or Janice 0407 554 080.

The Day SPOAK group of Drouin meet every fourth Wednesday (except January) at 10.00am at Middels Restaurant, Princes Way, Drouin. For more information, contact Janice 0407 554 080, Jill 0438 183 539 or Joy on 0408 359 694.

East Gippsland Autism Social Participant (ASP) Dinner Group
ASP Dinner Group is for adults on the autism spectrum or living with the spectrum who want to participate in an environment to promote socialising whilst enjoying a meal with other adults. The ASP Dinner Group also wants parents of children with an autism spectrum to participate as we are a diversity friendly group, sharing interests and information with others about living with the autism spectrum. We welcome individuals with an autism spectrum difference and other support persons such as a parent, carer, partner or spouse to attend. Please no children under 12.
Time 6pm – 8pm. To find out dates and places contact Julie on 0408 013 555 or autismplans@outlook.com
Contact Julie 0408 013 555 or autismplans@outlook.com or Rose 51 529 600 or rose.mckenna@ucgipps.org.au for more information.

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. For more information look up the web, sites.google.com/site/autismgippsland/home, or contact Julie on 5657 4248 or Tona on 0407 622 949 or email tonaleo@me.com . You can also now find them on Facebook under Inverloch & District ASD Support Group.
Upcoming meeting dates: December 6.

Inverloch – South Gippsland Mental Illness Carers Group
If you are caring for someone with a mental illness, it can be a stressfull, 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 augh! 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 5658 1781 or Rosemary on 5662 4352 or email maggiespinks@hotmail.com.

Leongatha Group – South Gippsland Carers
South Gippsland Carers is a group of carers and families of people with additional needs and frail aged. We are there for all carers who live in the South Gippsland region, and we provide support, social get-togethers, information sharing and regular meetings. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month during school term from 10.00am – 12.00 noon at the Memorial Hall Meeting Room, 2 Michael Place, Leongatha (opposite the Post Office). For more information please contact Heather on 5668 9243.
Upcoming meeting dates: September 26, October 24, November 28

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 – 3.00pm.  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 5145 5417 OR Thelma C 5145 1387.
Next meeting dates: 18 September, 16 October, 20 November

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 5133 3343, 0429 892 260 or carermentor@gippslandcarers.org

Morwell – Parent Connections Latrobe – Transitions, Communication & Planning
Parent Connections will be of interest to families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay who made the move to Primary School in 2017.
Places are limited – Contact Yvonne 51 353 131 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au

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 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au 5135 3131 or call Emma on 0467 982 565.

Morwell – Parents Helping Parents Latrobe Valley

  • Do you have a child (any age) with a disability?
  • Would you like to be in an informal Support Network?
  • Would you like to share a coffee and chat with other parents in a relaxed place?
  • What can you learn / share with each other?

If you have answered yes to the above, we would like to catch up with you.
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Commercial Road Morwell
Contact: Kerry 0422 663 791;Sharon 0438 762 729 sharonnhugh@wideband.net.au; or Hugh 0418 624 675 sharonnhugh@wideband.net.au

Orbost – STEPS Support Group

Do you have a child with special needs? Steps parent group would like to invite you to Art Therapy workshops. Details: Nov 30th & Dec 14th 12:30pm – 2:30pm Where: Maternal & Child Health Services 1 Ruskin St, Orbost. Jacque 5154 6636 or Bronwyn 0458 735 109

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 – 5144 4408 or bennell@vic.australis.com.au
Upcoming meeting dates: September 4, October 2, December 4

Sale – New Sale Specialist School – Parent Action Group (NSPAG)
Now the task of lobbying for a new Sale Specialist School is complete, the purpose of the group is mostly social – a get-together to keep an eye on thins and enjoy each others company.  For more information contact Heather on 5184 1321 haflynn@aussiebb.com.au

Sale – Noah’s Ark – Parents group – Parent To Parent Gippsland
Parents of children with disability or developmental delay aged birth – 18 years who live in
Sale & surrounds. Are you interested in meeting another parent who has a child with a disability or developmental delay? Would you like to be involved in a small group of parents who get together to share stories and learn from each other? Would you like information on a topic of interest to families of children with developmental delay or disability?
• Join us on Wednesday December 6th from 12.30 – 2.00 pm  at Mr Raymond Cafe 268-270 Raymond St. SALE for coffee & cake (at your own expense)  All parents & family members welcome.
Please RSVP: for booking contact the Yvonne Waite on 1800 010 453 or mobile 0430 209 641 or E: yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.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 5175 0877 or email varsaci@aussieebb.com.au or join their group on Facebook – SuppAut Autism support group for families in Latrobe Valley, Victoria.  Upcoming meeting dates: Nov 30.

Traralgon – Apraxia Support Group

The Apraxia Support Group assists families who have children with verbal or motor apraxia. Meetings are held in the rooms of Central Gippsland Speech Pathology (call 51 747 585 for directions) from 10am – 12noon. Tea and coffee provided. All welcome – children welcome to attend. For information on the next meeting contact 51 924 116 or Parent to Parent Gippsland on 51 353 131 or yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au

Traralgon – Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (birth-18years)
Parents of children with Down syndrome aged birth – 18 years. Are you interested in meeting other parents who have a child with down syndrome?
You are invited to join us for a picnic/bbq at Newman Park, Peterkin St, Traralgon on Thursday December 46th from 11am  Bring the whole family. Bring your own food & drinks. If you are interested contact the Co-ordinator Yvonne Waite 1800 010 453  mobile 0430 209 641 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au
Parent To Parent Gippsland provides support & information to families in the Gippsland region.

Trafalgar – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Support Group
The Trafalgar and District Autism Spectrum Parent Support Group meets on Monday evenings at the Trafalgar Primary School from 6.30 – 7.30pm and a cuppa is provided. If you would like to attend or have any further queries, please contact Kelly Lewis at the school on 5633 1566, or call or text Rachel on 0413 276 167 or email sebrach@bigpond.com, or Yvonne at Parent To Parent Gippsland on 1800 010 453 or yvonne.waite@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 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?  Join us on Wednesday November 22nd from 10 – 11:30am at Newmason, 25 Mason St Warragul.  All parents, family members & children welcome. Bring money for coffee.
Enquiries: Yvonne 1800 010 453; 0430 209 641  E: yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au

Wonthaggi – Parent to Parent Gippsland
Parents of children with disability or developmental delay aged birth – 18 years.  Are you interested in meeting another parent who has a child with a disability or developmental delay?  Would you like to be involved in either a one to one match with another parent, or be a part of a small group of parents who get together to share stories and learn from each other?  Would you like information on a topic of interest to families of children with developmental delay or disability?  Parent To Parent Gippsland currently has openings for the below:

  • 1:1 supported match in Wonthaggi with a mum who has a young child with a disability.
  • Individual support.
  • Expressions of interest for Parent-To-Parent (maximum of 6 parents in each) groups in South Gippsland, Baw Baw and Latrobe. These could be in the form of in-person co-ordinator led or in person parent-led. Morning, Afternoon or Evening groups.
  • Information or education sessions to be delivered near you about issues of interest.  For example – school matters, positive communication, self-advocacy for your child & family. Contact the co-ordinator to discuss what you would like.

Parent To Parent Gippsland provides support and information to families in the Gippsland region.  We are a service directed toward families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay.  Interested?  Contact the Co-ordinator Yvonne 1800 010 453 / 51 353 131/ 0430 209 641 yvonne.waite@noahsarkinc.org.au (Monday – Wednesday)