Families of children with a disability/additional needs often say that their most effective source of information is other families in the same situation.
What is Parent to Parent Support?
Families of children with a disability or additional need often say that their most effective source of information is other families in the same situation.
Parent Support Groups offer you the chance to meet other families in your local area to exchange information and share experiences.
Support groups are only one of the many ways families can access the support and information they need. The Gateways Parent Support Workers are always developing new and innovative support options for families, such as phone link ups for isolated families.
There are various Gateways Parent Support Groups please contact the Parent Support Worker at Gateways on 5221 2984 for details.
Other Geelong Support Groups are listed below
BETHANY KINSHIP CARE SERVICE SUPPORT GROUPS - Kinship Care is where a relative / grandparent / close friend has primary care of a child who cannot live with their parents. 1300 557611
BRAINS – A support information and advocacy group for carers who have a family member /child with an acquired brain injury (ABI) meets in Newcomb Contact Jen 0429 040534 or Vanda 5257 3404
THE TREEHOUSE Autism Family Support Service
An open house support group, where everyone is welcome. Ring for dates. The Treehouse office is located upstairs at 62A Ryrie St Geelong Contact Sharon 0425 792161 or John 0425 797876.
They can also talk to you about various social groups they offer - for children up to adults with ASD.
Barwon Valley Parent Support is currently undergoing review. For any enquiries, please contact Georgie Hunter, Wellbeing Officer at the school Mon-Wed, on 52431813
BELLARINE PARENTS NETWORK This network for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on the Bellarine Peninsula meets at Clifton Springs Primary School, Jetty Road, Clifton Springs from 9:15am on the last Thursday of each month (not hols). It aims to share resources, ideas, stories, have fun and meet others in the same situation. A yummy morning tea is provided! You are welcome to contact Dyanne on 52487153 firstname.lastname@example.org
DADS – Dads Appreciating DisabilitieS - Second Monday of each month 6.30pm (evening)
The DADS group is for any male who would like to join a network that provides peer support by men for men, including Fathers, husbands, step fathers, grandfathers, uncles etc.
They meet at local venues for a meal and informal chat, a chance to share, and have a laugh – on the second Monday of each Month at 6.30pm. For further details, contact Steve Scott on 0409 969 710, or email@example.com
Dad to Dad – stems from the DADS group - men are invited to go fishing whilst at the same time gaining a greater insight and knowledge to help them move forward.
EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP - For parents and carers of children who are living with epilepsy, at the Epilepsy Foundation Office, Barwon Design Park, 400 Pakington St, Newtown
Contact: Linley Klopper, Client Services Counsellor, 0438 931 118
LITTLE STARS PLAYGROUP
A facilitated playgroup, for families who have preschool children, with additional needs. It is through play that babies and children learn and develop. Come and join us for fun, learning and friendship.
WHEN: Tuesday 10.00-11.30 & 12.30-2.00pm
COST: $2.00 per family
WHERE: Noahs Ark 37 Fenwick St Geelong Contact: Sue Ellis City of Greater Geelong on 5272 4781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DOWN SYNDROME PARENT SUPPORT GROUP– (Fourth Thursday of month 1.00pm Daytime)
This warm and well informed Parent Network, meets at Noahs Ark in Geelong. This group provides support, encouragement, information and resources to families who have a member with Down Syndrome. It provides a chance to meet and exchange experiences and information about local services and facilities, to local families.
Contact: Judy on 0425 707 190 / 5276 1676 or Libby Mitchell on 5266 2009
MY TIME GEELONG: Down Syndrome Support Focus (Tuesdays monthly 6-10pm plus family picnics) Contact Carolyn McDiarmid 0468 321 232 for more dates. (No supported playgroup)
CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH & OTHER ISSUES GROW-
Better together Caregivers Group ( 2nd & 4th Mon of each Month 10.30 – 12.30)
Located at the GP assoc 105 Yarra St Geelong 03 9528 2977 or 1800558 268
Are you caring for someone with mental health or other issues? If you are, come and join this peer support group in Geelong.
LARA COFFE GROUP - (Fridays monthly Daytime)
This parent group of children with various disabilities meets to have a coffee and chat in a friendly, informal setting at Xpresso Café, Lara, monthly on Friday mornings. Aileen Wiesebrock on 5282 3414
MY TIME GROUPS support groups for parents of children up to 16 years with a disability
The MyTime groups provide local support for anyone caring for a child up to 16 years of age with a disability or chronic medical condition. The program has a facilitator, and the aim is to make time for carers while children / young teens ‘play’ nearby, in a supported environment.
Norlane MyTime: Friday 10am to 11.30am at 11 Gerbera Avenue, Geelong
Grovedale MyTime: Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm at 58 Greenville Drive, Grovedale
Call the Gateways Early Childhood Intervention Services Manager on 5221 2984 for more information.
NELSON PARK PARENT SUPPORT GROUP- (First Monday once a Month 9.30-11.30)
This group meets at Nelson Park School for information and mutual support at the school.Contact: Student Well-Being Officer – Rebecca or Caitlin on 5278 3620. email@example.com
PASKEY is a support group for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. The aim is to provide friendly support and a listening ear, along with tips and techniques learnt along the way. It meets at the co-ordinator's home on the First Monday of each month, from 11am - 3pm. Children are most welcome. Contact Krista on 5241 4649 or 0427 414 649.
Geelong Parent Network: Support group available for families with adult children with disabilities : – (Third Wednesday of month 10am Daytime)
This is an informal group made up of members who are family carers of people with intellectual disabilities in the Geelong Region. It holds its meetings at different venues related to different services. Predominately for families of adult children. Contact: Dot on 5244 4622 Updated March 2012