Important service update: Support Groups and COVID-19
The safety of people living with blood cancer, volunteers and our people are our absolute priority during the COVID-19 spread. We’re therefore actively monitoring the impact of the virus on our Support Groups and responding appropriately, based on expert advice.
(updated April 16 2020, 3:00pm AEST)
Online blood cancer support groups will commence from Tuesday 21 April 2020 – for details and to register visit our calendar of events.
Our face-to-face support groups are temporarily suspended.
Run in metropolitan and regional areas, our Support Groups are visited by groups of people living with blood cancer and facilitated by our experienced Blood Cancer Support Coordinators.
In order to protect both our staff and people with blood cancer, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to voluntarily suspend our face-to-face Support Groups.
We’re working hard to get this service running again for people living with blood cancer as soon as possible.
The face-to-face service will resume only when it is safe for everyone, but we don’t yet know when that might be.
The Leukaemia Foundation also runs nine private Facebook Groups for people living with blood cancer. Visit facebook.com/LeukaemiaFoundation/groups to join.
The status of this service will change and we’ll be updating this page when it does.
More information about our support groups
Support groups are a place for you to meet other people with a blood cancer, share your story, exchange information and relax in a supportive environment. We run face-to-face support groups across Australia as well as private Facebook groups, so you can connect with other people affected by a blood cancer from the comfort of home.
Support groups service description
Online support groups
Facilitated by experienced Blood Cancer Support Coordinators, our new online Blood Cancer Support Groups offer a place for you to chat to others with a blood cancer, share your story, exchange information and learn healthy coping strategies.
All groups are 100% confidential and free of charge. Groups will be limited to 15 people to give everyone an opportunity to listen and be heard.
To participate you:
- Need to be 18 years or older and have a blood cancer diagnosis or be the carer or support person of someone with that diagnosis
- Should respect the different perspectives of others – no abuse or bullying will be tolerated
- Will abide by the principles of privacy, confidentiality & respect
- Will need a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection (on some devices, participants may be required to download the Webex app)
Face-to-face support groups
Our support groups are facilitated by experienced Blood Cancer Support Coordinators in a private and supportive environment. They are an opportunity to meet other people living with blood cancer, share personal stories, exchange information and learn healthy coping strategies. We hold general blood cancer, disease specific, carers, young adult & bereavement groups.
Private Facebook groups
These are a friendly, supportive environment where you can share your personal experiences with your specific blood cancer with others who have the same diagnosis. Members can express concerns, ask questions and offer tips, share information and feedback on living with blood cancer. Only other members of the group can see your posts – your other friends outside the group will not see anything you have written there.
Support group locations
Groups are run throughout Australia, including regional and metropolitan areas. For information on groups in your area, select your state in our Events calendar.
Our private Facebook groups are:
Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinaemia: facebook.com/groups/WaldenstromsLF
Support groups eligibility criteria
Our support groups are available to anyone living with blood cancer, their family and friends.
How to access support groups
You can find when your local Support or Coffee, cake and chat group is meeting next in our Events calendar.
To join one of our private Facebook groups, you will need to ask to join the group via the button on the page.
You can also contact us directly on 1800 620 420 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support groups costs
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