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Carer Support Groups

  • Alzheimers Society Northland

    Alzheimers Societies are a place of learning and support for those who have friends or family who suffer from dementia. This may be from the level of short-term memory loss that is challenging their lives and the lives of those they commune with, to all the stages of Alzheimers Disease and any other dementia.

    Visiting speakers often attend, ranging from WINZ representatives speaking on benefit changes, to St John speaking about their LifeLink service.

    Alzheimers Society Northland also run a Café Club for people in the early stages of dementia, which is an opportunity to meet for a coffee with others who are on the same journey.

    Contact Us:

    09 438 7771 or

    Meetings Info


    Second Tuesday of every month from 10am till 11.30am
    First Wednesday of every month from 1pm till 2.30pm
    Second Thursday of every month from 10am till 11.30am

    Whangarei Heads (Onerahi)

    First Tuesday of every month
    10am till 11.30am


    First Tuesday of every month
    10am till 11.30am

    Bream Bay

    For the carers in Waipu, Ruakaka and One Tree Point
    First Wednesday of every month from 1pm till 2.30pm
    10am till 11.30am

    St John’s Rooms, 4 Tamingi Street, Marsden Point 0116


    Second Wednesday of every month
    11am till 12noon

    Third Thursday of every month
    10am till 12noon

    Maxine Kinvig 022 691 6068


    Third Wednesday of every month

    10am till 11.30am

    Philippa Cooper 027 442 7258 


    Second Wednesday of every month

    10am-12 noon

    Valerie West 022 519 8191



  • Alzheimers Taranaki – New Plymouth Women’s Carer Support Group

    Alzheimers Taranaki – New Plymouth Women’s Carer Support Group is a friendly support group for women who are caring for someone with dementia.  Each session covers a particular topic with a different guest speaker.

    Meet: The last Wednesday of each month at 10am
    Where: St Mary’s Cathedral lounge, Vivian Street, New Plymouth

    Contact Us:

    Anne Fletcher, Field Worker
    06 758 3683

  • Brain Injury Waikato – Coffee Support Group

    Come along for support from other carers of a child with a brain injury.

    When: First Monday of each month, 10am – 12noon

    Where: Brain Injury Waikato / just off parking lot in Kent Street

    Free (koha appreciated)

    Contact Us:

  • Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society

    The Canterbury West Coast Division offer meetings and gatherings for those who have had a cancer diagnosis. Family members are welcome to attend.
    The Cancer Society offers a Carers group – A group for partners, family/whanau and friends who meet regularly for support and education.

    Venue: Cancer Society office, 97 Fitzgerald avenue, Christchurch.

    Contact Us:

    03 379 5835 (Groups Co-ordinator) or

  • Caring for Carers East Coast

    Caring for Carers offers support to family carers who provide care to an adult or child with a serious illness, learning disorder or disability. Their service includes monthly get-togethers, quarterly newsletters and a website. Caring for Carers provide a caring and confidential environment for carers to discuss their experiences, socialise, share information and offer each other support, as well as speakers and activities, depending on carers’ needs and interests.

    Contact Us: or 06 877 8193

  • Caring for Carers Support Group

    This is a group in Timaru that offers support for anyone who cares for somebody, of any age, with any health condition. Caring 4 Carers has an informal meeting on the third Thursday of each month, and often there will be a guest speaker, chosen by the carers. The perfect opportunity for carers to make new friends, share their experiences, and seek advice.

    Meet: The Third Thursday of each month

    Contact Us:

    Margerie Gould 03 687 7370 or 022 685 8093

    Alison 03 684 3140
    Caring For Carers Inc, South Canterbury, PO Box 983, Timaru 7940

  • Christchurch Caring For The Carers

    A group in Christchurch which offers support to a parent, spouse, sibling or friend who cannot manage everyday living without help or support.  The service includes a monthly coffee group, monthly craft group and a monthly newsletter.  This is a great opportunity for carers to meet other carers and share their experiences.

    Support meetings are held at Sugarhorse Café, Christchurch, on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30-12pm.  The craft morning is held on the fourth Wednesday between the hours of 10.30-12pm.

    Contact Us:

    Florence Nightingale Agency

    03 366 8630


  • Cleft Lip & Palate – Coffee Support Group

    Cleft New Zealand provides information, resources, advocacy and emotional support to enable families to best meet the needs of their child born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

    We run many events around the country.

    Contact Us:

    0800 425 338

    Cleft New Zealand Inc
    PO Box 13385, Onehunga, Auckland

    0800 425 338 (0800 4 CLEFT)
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  • Complex Care Group

    Complex Care Group offers specific support for carers, by carers, who understand your needs. Complex Care Group has a networking directory that is shared with other families within the group, and they also have a direct link to the Ministry of Health.

    Contact Us:

    Jan Moss 0800 852 693 or 09 443 5786 or 021 304 244
    PO Box 334073 Sunnynook Auckland 0743

  • Counties Manukau Special Needs Support Group

    Do you have a child with special needs?
    Do you live in Auckland?
    Are you interested in going along to a relaxed morning tea/support group with other parents of children with special needs?

    South Auckland Special Needs Support Group meet once a month at P.A.C.T. (Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust), 311 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.

    Come along and meet other families with special needs children and enjoy a coffee and chat.

    Contact Us:

    Marlene 021 120 3235 or

  • Dementia Hawkes Bay

    Dementia Hawkes Bay holds community support groups, Memory Cafe, held monthly in Napier and Hastings. Memory Cafe is a support group for clients and carers to meet with others in the community and a CLO (Community Liaison Officer) team.

    Contact Us:

  • Dementia Wellington

    Dementia Wellington (formerly Alzheimers Wellington) is the only charity in Wellington providing dementia-specific services to local families. Through tailored advice, support, information and education, the team at Dementia Wellington offer free services to anyone diagnosed with dementia and their families, at every stage of the disease. We work across Kapiti, the Hutt, and Wellington.

    Contact Us:

    Main office number: 04 972 2595

    Kapiti office number: 04 297 3179

    Physical Address: 55 Hutt Road Petone Wellington 5012

    Postal Address: PO Box 39393 Wellington Mail Centre Lower Hutt 5045

  • Disability Connect

    Disability Connect supports parents and families of disabled children and young people.

    Contact Us:

    Disability Connect (Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect)
    09 636 0351

  • Disabled Persons Assembly Tairawhiti (DPA)

    DPA promotes:


    Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is a national group in New Zealand. Our Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) Tairawhiti is a community group in Gisborne.

    We are a collective voice of all people with a disability in New Zealand based on the principles of human rights and equal value of life.

    People with disability have the right to:

    • equality and participation
    • dignity and respect
    • make informed choices
    • live as we choose with appropriate support
    • influence and shape policy at all levels
    • barriers removed for everyday living

    Contact Us:

    06 862 5538

  • Epilepsy NZ – Canterbury/West Coast Branch

    Epilepsy NZ – Canterbury/West Coast Branch

    Epilepsy New Zealand provides support for those living with Epilepsy and awareness for those around them. Trained educators offer support and epilepsy education to people with epilepsy, their families and whānau. The service extends to supporting and training care workers who work with families living with epilepsy.

    Epilepsy New Zealand runs a monthly support group for people with epilepsy and their families, carers or supporters.

    Contact Us:

    Epilepsy New Zealand’s Canterbury and West Coast office
    Epilepsy NZ, PO Box 7104, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240
    0800 374537 or

  • Horowhenua Breathe Easy Support Group

    The Horowhenua Breathe Easy Support Group supports people and their carers in all respiratory problems.

    Meet: 4th Thursday of each month, 10.15am
    Venue: Hudson Room, Levin Cosmopolitan Club, Oxford Street, Levin

    Contact Us:

    Wally Dyson 06 368 8981
    Daphne Barrett 06 368 8189

  • Hospice Taranaki

    A support group for carers is held at Hospice Taranaki twice each year. This is a closed group which runs for 6 weeks, and there are usually between 6- 10 participants.

    Anyone who is family member or friend of someone under hospice care is eligible to attend. There are several guest speakers, including a social worker, an occupational therapist, a palliative care doctor and a funereal director. As well as the topics covered by these speakers, there is also time to share and reflect on how it is to be the carer of someone who is terminally ill. The groups run for 1.5 hours and include morning tea.

    Meet: Twice a year
    Venue: Hospice Taranaki

    Contact Us:

    06 753 7830 or

  • How to find a doctor or mental health professional

    If you feel unwell your best starting point is usually your General Health Practitioner (GP / family doctor). GPs are trained to assess, treat and manage many mental health issues within primary care (the community rather than in a hospital). Your GP can refer you to your local community mental health service or elsewhere if needed. or they may be able to manage your illness themselves.

    If you need help to find a doctor or mental health professional there are websites with lists of resources:

    • The Mental Health Foundation – Find a GP or counsellor
    • Most of the universities, polytechnics and even private providers offer free counselling for their students. Check their websites for details.
    • Barnardos New Zealand provides child and family services in communities around the country – Find a service.
    • The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can help.
  • Levin Arthritis Support Group

    Levin Arthritis Support Group offers support to those who suffer from arthritis, and their families with monthly meets.

    Meet: 2nd Monday of each month, 1.30pm
    Venue: The Hudson Room Levin Cosmopolitan Club, Oxford Street

    Contact Us:

    Yvonne Mabey (Chairperson) 06 368 5068 or
    Levin Arthritis Support Group Street

    29 Hinemoa Street, Levin

  • Men’s Carer Support Group (Taranaki)

    A support group especially for husbands/partners or sons who are caring for a loved one with a dementia related illness.
    This is the ideal opportunity to meet up with other men who are experiencing similar situations.
    You’ll be able to learn off one another and hear other ideas and support one another by sharing stories and knowledge.

    Meet: 1st Monday of each month (unless it is a Public Holiday) from 2.30 – 4pm, followed by tea and biscuits.
    Venue: Barretts Lounge, Taranaki Base Hospital (next to the Cafeteria).

    Contact Us:

    Sarah De Souza 06 7536139 x 7982


    Anna-Dora Schwank, 06 7536139 x 8766

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury

    A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group for Spouses and Carers offering support and friendship. We also offer an annual education session specifically for this group.

    Venue: Cafés around Christchurch and Rangiora
    Meet: Monthly

    Contact Us:

    Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc)
    03 366 2857

  • Parent to Parent Northland

    Are you caring for a child with special or additional needs? Would you like to meet other parents and carers who are doing the same? Then come and meet us for a coffee and a chat!

    Meet: Coffee group meeting every third Tuesday of every month.
    Venue: CCS Disability Centre Whangarei in the Tui Room 291 Kamo Road

    Contact Us:

    Lynne Hansen
    09 437 3337

  • Parkinson’s Wellington

    Parkinson’s Wellington provides support for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families/carers.

    This is a great opportunity to come and share carer experiences and learn what resources you can tap into in the community.

    Lower Hutt: Carers Support Group meets every second month-pls call Andrea for dates.
    Venue: Russell McKeown House cnr Laings Road and Queens Drive ground floor.
    Cost $2.00 for tea and coffee

    Wellington Meet: second Thursday of the month at 11.00 a.m.
    Venue: Cafe 162, Marsden Village, Karori

    Contact Us:

    Andrea Savage, Parkinson’s Community Worker, Hutt Valley
    04 566 0401 or 027 566 0401

    Diane Stephens, Parkinson’s Community Educator, Parkinson’s Wellington
    04 385 8040

  • South Taranaki Carer Support Group

    South Taranaki Carer Support Group is a support group for people who are caring for someone with a dementia related illness. This group is facilitated by Shirley McGlinchey, Field Worker for Alzheimers Taranaki. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Hawera Catholic Church.

    Meet: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm
    Venue: Hawera Catholic Church.

    Contact Us:

    Shirley McGlinchey 06 278 8519

  • Southland Head Injury Society

    Southland Head Injury Society provides a fun coffee morning which incorporates social gathering and support for those who care for somebody who has suffered a head injury.

    Meet: Twice a month, dates are confirmed by the field officer via a regular newsletter.
    Venue: Southland Head Injury Society office; 46 Kelvin Street, Invercargill.

    Contact Us:

    Miranda Kennedy (Field Officer)
    03 214 4154 or

  • Stroke Clubs nationwide

    Stroke Clubs unite people who have had a stroke, for mutual support and friendship. As well as enabling people to share experiences and help each other, the clubs hold social activities and organise outings. They meet regularly to unite people who have had a stroke for mutual support. As well as enabling people to share experiences and help each other, the clubs encourage social activities and organise outings.

    To find a Stroke Club near you, go here.


    All Northern Region stroke clubs can be contacted via Stroke Foundation Northern Region office:

    PO Box 65371, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754

    09 475 0070 or


    All Central Region stroke clubs can be contacted through Bridget, Regional Administrator:

    04 298 8585 or


    All Southern region stroke clubs can be contacted through the regional office, in addition to details shown.

    Braintree Wellness Centre, 70 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053

    PO Box 8143, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440
    03 381 8500 or

  • Supporting Families in Mental Illness

    Supporting Families in Mental Illness holds regular support group meetings for families close to someone with a mental illness. Education group sessions, Peer support group (family to family), Family Social Groups, Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group, Consumer Group (social peer group for consumers) and the Rangiora Support Group.

    Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand (SFNZ)
    C/- 2A Burmah Street

    Contact Us:

    Fiona Perry, National Coordinator

    021 744 106 or

  • Taranaki Chronic Pain Foundation (TC

    A fledgling group of chronic pain sufferers who recognise the need for central support and information for sufferers and their carers in the Taranaki area.

    Meets every 4 weeks on a Sunday afternoon at Espresso Cafè, New Plymouth

    Contact Us:

    Pam McLoughlin 06 751 0161 or

  • Thames/Hauraki Health & Disability Resource Centre Trust

    Thames/Hauraki Health & Disability Resource Centre is a nonprofit organisation providing services within the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki Region.

    We work collaboratively with Health Professionals and Community Organisations nationwide.

    We provide the following services:

    • Provide support
    • Information
    • Resources
    • Monthly newsletter
    • Social gatherings
    • Research information
    • Referrals to appropriate agencies/health professionals, e t c
    • Transport/mobility transport (medical & social)
    • Showroom with equipment and disability aids for sale
    • Mobile showroom
    • Provide hire equipment for short term hire

    Contact Us:

    Physical Address: 609 Mackay St, THAMES 3500

    Postal Address: PO Box 535, Thames 3540

    07 868 7099
    Robyn Pengelly (Manager) 027 383 1117


  • Tiakina te Kaitiaki Service – Caring for Carers

    Hospices of Northland deliver the Tiakina te Kaitiaki (TTK) service as an extension of palliative care contracts and provides services across Tai Tokerau. The service is available to informal carers of those with a life limiting condition, who may be in their last year of life and not already enrolled with Hospice, by connecting these carers to resources, funding, and community organisations that strengthen them to continue in their vital role. The aim is to support and enhance carer resilience to enable the carer to continue in the caring role while maintaining their own wellbeing.

    Contact Us:

    Whāngarei District and Kaipara District including Waipu and Mangawhai

    021 441 457 or

    Mid-Northland and Far North

    021 223 3560 or

    Or via this link > Make a Referral

  • TOA Pacific

    TOA Pacific is an organisation committed to advocating on behalf of Pacific Older People and Pacific Aiga/Family Carers. They would like to see that all older adults and pacific aiga carers have enhanced health and wellbeing and are treasured and valued by their Pacific community and society.

    Contact Us:

    Malia Hamani 09 276 4596
    PO Box 22 754, Otahuhu, Auckland

  • Totara Hospice Carers Group

    This is a 6 week programme run 4 times a year. Each week will focus on a different topic.

    The aim of the group is to give carers who are caring for someone at home with a terminal/life limiting illness the opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances , to share experiences, to have some “me time” for social interaction, and to receive helpful information which will support them in their role.

    The programme will cover such things as nursing issues in the home, meal preparation for someone who is terminally ill, emotional wellbeing, practical considerations (Wills, EPOA, NASC, funeral planning) and a tour of their inpatient unit, as well allowing time for the carers to talk about their experience and a bit of pampering for them.

    Meet: Totara Hospice Day Lounge, 140 Charles Prevost Drive, Manurewa.

    Contact Us:

    Beryl 09 640 0268 to register your interest.