Support Groups

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Due to the upcoming renovations planned for The Niche over the next few months, the groups run by LADS will take a break. We apologise for this disruption to our services, but the entire building is to be refurbished, and we will not have rooms available to hold our regular Support Groups.

The following Parent/Carer Coffee morning will take place on Wednesday, August 1.

- The following Adult Support Group meeting is planned for Tuesday, August 21.

Thank you in advance for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at support group meetings in our refurbished premises.

The LADS Team


Support groups connect people with a common condition and who meet together to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another.  Our support groups are co-facilitated by trained facilitators, at least one with lived experience.  As often as possible we strive to have a professional, such as a social worker, psychologist, nurse, education professional, or psychiatrist, in attendance. 

 

ADULT SUPPORT GROUP: 2018 Dates (download)

WHERE: The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, WA
WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of the month.
TIMES: 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

COST: Gold coin donation, to cover cost of venue hire and amenities.

This group is facilitated by a trained volunteer facilitator. 

It is a a safe, supportive and confidential environment for people with a shared experience of living with ADHD / LD.

 

PARENT COFFEE MORNINGS: 2018 Dates (download)

WHERE: The Niche – Board Room, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, WA
WHEN: 1st Wednesday of the month – during school terms.
TIMES: 10.00am – 12.00pm

COST: Gold coin donation, to cover cost of venue hire and amenities.

This group is facilitated by a trained volunteer facilitator.  It is a a safe, supportive and confidential environment for people with a shared experience, of supporting and living with a child diagnosed with ADHD / LD.

 

Benefits of Support Groups

Probably the biggest advantage of support groups is helping an individual realize that he or she is not alone, that there are other people who have the same challenges. Being in a support group can also help you develop new skills to relate to others. In addition, the members of the group who have the same challenges can support each other and may suggest new ways of dealing with the challenges each of you are working on.

  • social contact and fellowship
  • relationship development
  • a 'safe space' to explore issues
  • sharing experiences and hearing stories
  • mutual feedback and group problem solving
  • skills development and learning
  • peer support and encouragement
  • mutual role modelling and accountability
  • helping others is therapeutic

Is a support group - for me?

Support groups can help anyone who is in need of practical and emotional support for people who may feel isolated or feel that other people in their lives don't fully understand the kinds of problems they may be struggling with.  Support groups are not a substitute for individual therapy or professional counseling.

LADS currently host two support groups, we will be expanding our services in 2016. 

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