‘Cafe Conversation Groups’ NSW, ACT & QLD
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- Woden ACT Thursday 9th November 12pm
- Central Coast Friday 13th October 11:30am
- Maitland Thursday 7th September 11am
- Newcastle Friday 18th August 11:30am
- Orange Saturday 18th November 11am
- Port Macquarie Saturday 26th August 10am
- Port Stephens TBA
- Singleton Saturday 12th August 12pm
- South Coast NSW Wednesday 20th September 10:30am
- Sydney Saturday 4th November 11:30am
- Tamworth Friday 8th September 2pm
- Taree/Tuncurry TBA
- Wollongong TBA
- Brisbane QLD Sunday 8th October 2pm
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.
- 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
- 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
- ARRC helps you organise casual social gatherings in your local area by inviting and introducing members in this initial gathering.
- 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.
- The group can decide to exchange personal details at this point or may choose to keep their contact details private.
- ARRC offers ongoing support in sending notifications of planned conversation meetings and whenever specific educational or management needs arise.
- ARRC does not manage the chosen group structure after the 1st meeting of the group.
- 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