'Cafe Conversation Groups'


Further details available in our quarterly Newsletter  http://www.autoimmune.org.au/membership-form/.aspx 

Woden ACT  Thursday 18th May @12pm

Central Coast NSW   Friday 7th April &12th May

Coonabarabran   Friday 14th April @10:30am 

Dubbo    TBA 

Glen Innes   Saturday TBA June @10am

Maitland    Thursday 6th April @11am 060417

Murwillumbah Wednesday 24th May @10:30am 

Newcastle    Friday 21st April @noon 

Orange    Saturday 8th April  @11am 080417

Port Macquarie   Saturday 13th May @2pm 

Port Stephens    Thursday 23rd March @12pm 230317

Singleton  Saturday 25th March @12pm 250317

South Coast NSW    Wednesday 19th April @11am

Sydney (city)    Saturday TBA @11:30am

Sydney (west)    Saturday TBA @11am

Tamworth    Tuesday 11th April @2pm

Taree    Saturday TBA  @noon  

Wollongong     Saturday TBA

Brisbane QLD  TBA 2017

* New groups starting in Melbourne & Brisbane.

Contact HNELHD-ARRC@health.nsw.gov.au  for details.

About the Project

The ARRC facilitates local community support connections through its new program ‘Café Conversations’. This program acknowledges the vast geographical distance of patients, the difficulty many regional and remote patients have in attending seminars and workshops and more formal support group meetings, and the need for close local support.

This program was born from participants attending ARRC seminars and realizing that they were close neighbours. It was suggested that sometimes meeting in a park or café local to their homes would be a great support.

It is good to have someone to talk to that understands how you might be feeling without having to explain everything over and over again.” - Seminar participant.

How does it work?

ARRC is the connecting avenue between members to protect privacy and contact details of potential participants.

  1. If you interested in hosting an event in your area contact ARRC and register your details.
    Groups can be small and also larger depending on your area and interest
  2. Upon receipt of your registration ARRC will send contact letters to members living in your nominated area to notify them of an interest in forming a group.
    If there is interest from other members
  3. ARRC helps you organise casual social gatherings in your local area by inviting and introducing members in this initial gathering.
  4. The café conversation group is then formed with the group members deciding where they meet, what times they meet, how often and what format the meetings will take.
  5. The group can decide to exchange personal details at this point or may choose to keep their contact details private.
  6. ARRC offers ongoing support in sending notifications of planned conversation meetings and whenever specific educational or management needs arise.
  7. ARRC does not manage the chosen group structure after the 1st meeting of the group.
  8. Your café conversation group will be listed on our website by location with new members wanting to join contacting ARRC and being notified of planned conversation meetings.

For more information about setting up a group or joining an existing group please contact ARRC on via email on HNELHD-ARRC@health.nsw.gov.au

To find a list of planned and active ‘Café Conversation’ groups please go to ‘Café Conversation’ group page


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