Telegroups are professionally facilitated telephone based peer support groups available for parents of children with cancer, young people with cancer (up to the age of 24), and family members. Redkite Telegroups provide emotional support from the privacy of the participant’s own home and are cost free.
"It is like a have a filing cabinet in my head to hold all my thoughts, feelings and emotions in order but since my son’s diagnosis it’s like someone has pulled open all the draws of the filing cabinet and scattered all the files. I felt like I was standing in that room trying to sort out all the files but getting nowhere.
Now I feel that with the Telegroup and your (Redkite Telegroup facilitators) help and support we have been sorting through all those files (emotions, thoughts & feelings) together and slowly putting them back in order. Instead of trying to deal with everything at once, and just getting overwhelmed I know that I can deal with one thing at a time calmly and productively."
Participant in a parent telegroup.
How do telegroups work?
Groups of up to six people ‘meet’ together on the telephone for one hour each week for eight consecutive weeks. Redkite currently offers Telegroups for groups such as:
- parents of children diagnosed with cancer
- parents of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer
- mixed groups for mums and dads
Redkite counsellors experienced in working with young people with cancer and their families facilitate these groups. Participants decide which themes they would like to discuss over the eight week program and themes usually include discussion around adjustment of family life after a child’s or young person’s cancer diagnosis, adjustment into a new ‘normal’ life and transitioning home after long periods of treatment at hospital.
Confidentiality of the group is one of Redkite’s highest priorities. What is talked about in the group stays in the group.
Coming up: Bereavement Telegroup
This group is for parents whose child has died from cancer. Facilitators Linda and Sally will encourage open and honest conversation around the impact of bereavement for the whole family, the different ways that family members grieve, the range of feelings and emotions experienced, and creative and safe ways of keeping memories alive.
Numbers will be limited to no more than five parents in each group.
This telegroup runs on Tuesdays from 12.00pm to 1.30pm DST for seven weeks.
If you would like to join us for this group, or if you have any questions, please call us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) and choose option 1 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up: Transition Telegroup
This group is for parents with a child who is on maintenance or who has recently completed treatment. Two Redkite facilitators will open up discussion around adjustment of family life after diagnosis and treatment, managing ongoing concerns, and transitioning home after long periods of treatment in hospital. Numbers will be limited to no more than six parents in each group.
This telegroup will starting April 2014. If you would like to join us for this group, or if you have any questions, please call us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) and choose option 1 or email us on email@example.com
Coming up: Grandparent Telegroup
This group is for grandparents of children anywhere on the cancer treatment journey, as being a grandparent of a child with cancer can have a special role in providing extra support both to the child and to the family. Facilitators will encourage open and honest conversation around the special challenges, impacts and issues of being a grandparent as well as finding ways of getting through them.
This group will start in July 2014. If you would like to join us for this group, or if you have any questions, please call us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) and choose option 1 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org