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Connect Groups

A safe space for people with a shared experience

We host many different groups and programs for families

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Connect groups – sessions facilitated by Redkite Social Workers

Coffee catch ups – a more casual conversation

It also enabled me to connect back into a community of people who at once identified and empathised with my journey. Every parent had a different perspective on their experiences so I was able to gain strength from a parent whose child was further down the track in their journey, and similarly, I was able to lend support to a parent whose child had been off treatment for less time than Joseph. The impact was very powerful.
Kris

In our Connect Groups, you can speak to other people who are in a similar situation. Each group has a theme or topic. Around six to eight people come together on a video call to talk about their experiences and to share tips for challenges they’re facing. Some people who come along prefer to turn off their camera and mic, and just listen, which is okay too.

Our Coffee Catch-ups are less structured groups for parents who have a child on treatment or recently off treatment to meet and connect.

Two Redkite Social Workers are present to host the groups.

After you register, one of our Social Workers hosting the group will give you a call to check in and see if you need any other information. They will then email you a reminder of the details of the group and a link so you can join on the day. 

You’ll need a computer with a microphone and reliable internet. It’s best if you can find a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted too much.

Interested in a group that isn’t listed? Send us an email and let us know.

Redkite Connect Groups | Parents of children who have Autism or other developmental and behavioural challenges

What's On
Event
24th Jun
21 September 2022

Connect Group: Neurodiversity, disability, and childhood cancer

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

Connect Group: Neurodiversity, disability, and childhood cancer

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

3rd Mar
Monthly (Wednesdays)

Coffee Group for Bereaved Parents and Carers

Regular virtual coffee groups for bereaved families

Coffee Group for Bereaved Parents and Carers

Regular virtual coffee groups for bereaved families

Cascade Program

Connect Groups
Event
2nd Mar
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Cascade Program

Event Cascade Program Cope, Adapt, Survive Life after Cancer. An online program for parents, guardians, and carers of children who…

Cascade Program

Event Cascade Program Cope, Adapt, Survive Life after Cancer. An online program for parents, guardians, and carers of children who…

Dad and child looking at laptop

What's On
Event
23rd Jun
1 September 2022

Connect Group for Dads

Event Connect Group for Dads Special days like Father’s Day can look a bit different when you’re caring for a…

Connect Group for Dads

Event Connect Group for Dads Special days like Father’s Day can look a bit different when you’re caring for a…

Connect Groups
Event
16th Jun
31 August 2022

Connect Group for Bereaved Dads

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Dads Parents often tell us that the death of a child can be an extremely…

Connect Group for Bereaved Dads

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Dads Parents often tell us that the death of a child can be an extremely…

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16th Jun
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Connect Group for Bereaved Parents & Carers

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Parents & Carers If you are a parent, guardian, or carer of a child who…

Connect Group for Bereaved Parents & Carers

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Parents & Carers If you are a parent, guardian, or carer of a child who…

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8th Apr
14 September 2022

Connect Group for Grandparents

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful

Connect Group for Grandparents

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful

8th Apr
17 August 2022

Connect Group: My child has a brain tumour

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

Connect Group: My child has a brain tumour

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

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Connect Groups
Event
8th Apr
20 July 2022

Connect Group: My child has finished treatment

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

Connect Group: My child has finished treatment

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

8th Apr
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Connect Group for Bereaved Grandparents

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Grandparents This online catch-up is a safe space for grandparents to meet and talk to…

Connect Group for Bereaved Grandparents

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Grandparents This online catch-up is a safe space for grandparents to meet and talk to…

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8th Apr
Express your interest

Connect Group for Bereaved Mums

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Mums This online support group is a safe space to meet and talk to other…

Connect Group for Bereaved Mums

Event Connect Group for Bereaved Mums This online support group is a safe space to meet and talk to other…

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5th Feb
27 July 2022

Connect Group: My child was recently diagnosed

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

Connect Group: My child was recently diagnosed

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

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Connect Groups
Event
27th Aug
Fortnightly (Tuesdays)

Coffee Catch Ups for families of children with cancer

Regular virtual coffee groups for families of children with cancer

Coffee Catch Ups for families of children with cancer

Regular virtual coffee groups for families of children with cancer

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Talk to someone
3rd Sep

Support with grief and bereavement

Whenever you need us, for as long as you need us

Support with grief and bereavement

Whenever you need us, for as long as you need us

2nd Sep

Financial Assistance for Funerals

A contribution to your child’s funeral costs

Financial Assistance for Funerals

A contribution to your child’s funeral costs

7th Sep

Helping you navigate the world of childhood cancer

Helping you navigate the world of cancer

Helping you navigate the world of childhood cancer

Helping you navigate the world of cancer

Practical stuff
6th Sep

Red Bag

Your carry-all from a community who cares

Red Bag

Your carry-all from a community who cares

Practical stuff
11th Sep

Help with bills, fuel & food

To ease the pressure when the budget gets tight

Help with bills, fuel & food

To ease the pressure when the budget gets tight

Talk to someone
1st Sep

Family Wellbeing Program at Westmead

Only available at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Family Wellbeing Program at Westmead

Only available at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Talk to someone
4th Sep

Music Therapy

Using music to build resilience. Music therapy is available in children’s hospitals

Music Therapy

Using music to build resilience. Music therapy is available in children’s hospitals

Practical stuff
9th Sep

Story Beads

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Story Beads

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Practical stuff
9th Sep

Book Club

Age-appropriate books to tackle tough topics

Book Club

Age-appropriate books to tackle tough topics

Financial Support
17th Jun

Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship

This special scholarship fuels young people’s ambitions. Generously supported by Coles

Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship

This special scholarship fuels young people’s ambitions. Generously supported by Coles