OUR SUPPORT GROUPS
Wherever you are in your journey, support can be vital. Research suggests that families impacted by Drug and Alcohol use or Mental Health issues experience extremely high rates of stigma and judgement. This can reduce well-being and make it even harder for the family to cope. At the FFP we provide a number of support groups where you can meet other families in similar situations to share the journey and help each other in a safe and supportive way.
Our mantra is that it is not about being right or wrong, good or bad, or blaming and shaming anyone, even our loved ones. At the FFP we create a safe place built on respect and being non-judgemental so families can begin to create the type of life they want to live.
Very Important Families (VIFS) is a supportive group of families who come together to share our experiences, offer information, provide support and become empowered in our journey. It is a safe space to explore what substance use has meant for you and your family and loved ones.
Wollongong: Last Tuesday of the Month, 6pm-8pm. VIFS Brochure
Canberra: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6pm-8pm. Canberra VIFS Brochure
Miranda: 3rd Tuesday of the Month, 6pm-8pm. more info and contact
Off Our Rockers is a support group for grandparents and kinship carers raising children. We are a supportive group of carers who come together to share our experiences, offer information, provide advocacy and gain practical advice about raising grandchildren.
Wollongong: First Tuesday of the Month, 10am-12pm. OOR Brochure
etc… suicide and bereavement support group is a group of families who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. We are a supportive group who come together to share our experiences and memories and support each other on our journey.
Wollongong: First Tuesday of the Month, 6pm-8pm. ETC Brochure
Shoalhaven: Third Monday of the Month 5.30pm-7.30pm. ETC Nowra Brochure
Ulladulla: First Thursday of the Month (Details coming soon!)
Shared Sentence is a support group established to assist families with a loved one in jail or on parole. It is a safe space to explore what crime and incarceration have meant to you and your family, get practical information about the prison system, and gain support if you need it.
Wollongong: First Monday of the Month, 5pm-6.30pm. Shared Sentence Brochure
Survivors of Life (SoL) is a group which provides the opportunity for kids whose lives have been impacted by substance use to come together and heal through activities designed to improve self-image, confidence, self-worth and trust – vital things often lost when substance use occurs in the family.
Wollongong: Contact FFP Office for Details. SoL Brochure
Ohana is a support group for emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) personnel impacted by the nature of their service to the community. It is a safe space to explore the impact of this important work, get support from people who understand and stay healthy.
Wollongong: Every Thursday, 10am-12pm.