ARRC – Autoimmune Resource & Research Centre

‘Cafe Conversation Groups’ in NSW and the ACT

Further details available in our quarterly Newsletter  – Become a Member

  • Woden ACT  Thursday 21st February 2019 12pm
  • Armidale NSW Wednesday 12th December 2018 10:30am *NEW*
  • Central Coast NSW Friday 14th December 2018 11:30am
  • Dubbo  Saturday TBA  12:30pm
  • Lithgow  Saturday 8th December 11:30am Christmas Lunch
  • Maitland  Thursday 6th December 2018 11am
  • Newcastle  Friday 16th November 2018 11:30am Christmas Lunch
  • Orange  Saturday 1st December 2018 11am  Enquiries – Daphne 0429920421
  • Port Macquarie Saturday  24th November 2018 – Christmas Party Diane 0423349421 RSVP essential
  • Port Stephens   Friday 16th November 2018 11:30am Christmas Lunch
  • Singleton  Saturday TBA 2019 12pm
  • South Coast NSW  Wednesday 5th December 2018 10:30am
  • Sydney  Saturday 2nd March 2019 11:30am
  • Tamworth  Friday 14th December 2018 2pm     
  • Wollongong    please contact ARRC on 49214095

Contact ARRC@hnehealth.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 email ARRC@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au