For Carer Support Group Facilitators

For Carer Support Group Facilitators

Carer Support Groups connect carers who understand each other’s experiences and needs.

These practical resources for Facilitators on establishing and growing Carer Support Groups answer key questions on setting up and running groups.

For more ideas and tips see the Further Reading section for resources covering more on group dynamics, managing communication and conflict, group membership and tips on running successful support group meetings.

Section 1 - Carer Support Groups

  • Why start a Carer Support group?
  • Who is the group for?
  • Define the purpose of the group

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Section 2 - Types or Modes of Groups

  • Activity based
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • Online

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Section 3 - Leading a Group

  • Core Principles
  • Managing the group
  • Facilitators role
  • Qualities of a facilitator
  • Who is in your team?
  • Managing boundaries
  • Managing conflict

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Section 4 - Group Membership

  • Attracting members
  • Retaining members
  • Succession planning
  • Succession plan template

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Download Support Group Facilitator Planning Template

Download Support Group Facilitator Handover Template

Section 5 - Setting up a Not-For-Profit

  • Registering and incorporating a group
  • Terms of Reference
  • Committee roles
  • Fundraising
  • Donations
  • Sponsorship
  • Registering for an ABN
  • Insurance
  • Where to apply for grants and funding

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Section 6 - Evidence-Based Research

  • Examples of successful grant applications
  • Evidence to support a grant application

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Section 7 - Further Reading

  • Australian Resources
  • International Resources

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