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
Parent To Parent Gippsland provides support & information to families in the Gippsland region.
Contact : Yvonne – 0430 209 641
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 – Parent Support Group
Bairnsdale parents of children with disability or developmental delay aged birth – 18 years are warmly invited to attend our first meeting.
Parent To Parent Gippsland provides support and information to families in the Gippsland region
At: Save The Children premises
36 Pearson St (Cnr McCulloch St) Bairnsdale
Mon 20th Aug 12.45pm – 2.00pm
Enquiries: Yvonne 043 209 641 or
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Rose on 5152 9600 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and the next venue & date will be advised.
Contacts: Shannon 0404 535 990, Claire 0402 560 549
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 email@example.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 5671 9200 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Karlene email@example.com , Yvonne at Parent To Parent Gippsland on 1800 010 453 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Contact Julie 0408 013 555 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rose 51 529 600 or email@example.com 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. Join us on Facebook: Inverloch & District ASD Support Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/221088864683122/ or Tona on 0407 622 949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also now find them on Facebook under Inverloch & District ASD Support Group.
Upcoming meeting dates: 2018 – August 1st, September 5th, November 7th, 5th December I&D ASD SG flyer for 2018
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 email@example.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 24, October 23, November 22
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: 17 September, 15 October, 19 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com; or Hugh 0418 624 675 firstname.lastname@example.org
Orbost – STEPS Support Group
Do you have a child with special needs? All parents & family members of children who have a developmental delay or disability welcome. 12.30pm every second Thursday at Maternal & Child Health Services 3 Ruskin St, Orbost. Jacque 5154 6636 or Bronwyn 0458 735 109
Upcoming Dates: Aug – 2nd 16th 3th, Sep – 13th
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 email@example.com
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 things and enjoy each others company. For more information contact Heather on 5184 1321 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 at Mr Raymond Cafe 268-270 Raymond St. SALE for coffee & cake (at your own expense) All parents & family members welcome. Term 3 2018 – dates coming shortly
Please RSVP: for booking call 0430 209 641 or E: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or join their group on Facebook – SuppAUTAutism support group for families in Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
Upcoming meeting dates 2018: Aug 30th, Oct 25th & Nov 29th
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 email@example.com
Traralgon – Down Syndrome Parent Group
Parents of children with Down Syndrome aged from birth – 18 years welcome. Term 3 dates will be available shortly.
Contact: 0430 209 641 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, or Yvonne at Parent To Parent Gippsland on 1800 010 453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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? Term 3 2018 – dates coming.
Enquiries: 0430 209 641
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday – Wednesday)