The Compassionate Friends is here to help. We offer support, friendship and hope for the future through a number of initiatives that provide grieving families across NSW with the support they need.
The emphasis of our support is based on peer support contact. This can include organised seminars, the annual residential, group sessions, individual contacts between members, calling the York Street Centre, and contacting Chapter leaders.
Monthly Support Group Meetings
There are a number of Monthly support group meetings held at the York Street Centre that operate as Chapters or Social Groups. Bereaved family members are warmly invited to attend these group meetings. Newly bereaved parents and siblings are encouraged to ring the Centre and schedule a time for a one on one meeting before attending a group.
Please note; Chapter Leaders & volunteers at TCF NSW offer friendship, comfort and understanding. They are not trained counsellors, but people like you with a shared, lived experience of losing a child, grandchild or sibling. If you are further along in your grief, you may be able to offer support to others who are more newly bereaved.
In consideration for other bereaved parents, we ask you not to bring your babies and young children to the Centre or to support group meetings. We thank you for understanding.
Details for the monthly support meetings are as follows but please refer to the News/Events section of our website for the next meetings:
The City Metro Chapter has a monthly meeting for any parent who has lost a child, or any bereaved sibling or grandparent. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the York Street Centre.Contact: TCF York Street Centre 9290 2355
There are many other support group and social meetings organised by our local TCF Chapter leaders and members. Please contact your local chapter using our TCF Chapter section in our website.Meetings will also be publicised in the quarterly FOCUS newsletter and on the website.
This is a Group that holds monthly meeting for parents, adult siblings, and grandparents who find it difficult to attend meetings during the working week. It is held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the York Street Centre.Contact: Richard 0423 779 282
This meeting is for people of any age who have lost a sibling. It is held on the last Thursday of each month at the York Street Centre.Contact: Maree 0403 796 118
This is a Group that is focused on any parent, sibling or grandparent whose child has died by suicide. The "Survivors of Suicide" meeting is held every second Wednesday of each month at the York Street Centre.Contact: Linda 0413 750 571
This is a sharing meeting purposely organised for parents who have lost younger children, however is convened on a needs basis rather than a regular schedule. It is held by arrangement only at the York Street Centre.Contact: York Street Centre 9290 2355
These are social meetings where we scrapbook, knit, needlepoint and most importantly chat. They are held on the first Thursday of each month from 11am to 2:30pm at the York Street Centre.If you are in the city, please come in and have a cuppa with us. If you work in the city, please drop by and have lunch with us. You don't have to do craft; watching others work is fun too!
Contact: Sue 9712 1605
Pitt Street Centre
The Pitt Street Centre is a location dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and families. All are welcome to come into the office.
The Pitt Street Centre is located at Suite 602, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Please refer to our Contact Us page for a location map of the centre.
Office hours are 11am to 2.30pm weekdays.
We also have a number of support resources for members online or at the York Street Centre. We have a number of books you can borrow from our library or brochures that can sent out to you. Please refer to the Support Resources of our website for further details on what is available.
TCF NSW Member's Forum
A forum dedicated to TCF NSW Members is available on this website. This is an excellent tool to discuss how we are feeling and get peer support, as well as socially interact with each other. The member's forum has certain categories for specific support but also a welcome area for new members and a general area for discussion. If you are a member you can access the forum through your membership login, otherwise become a member to be a part of our posts and responses in the member's forum.
TCF NSW Chapter Contacts
There are many TCF NSW Chapters (other than those above) which are located throughout the Sydney metropolitan and regional areas. Please refer to the TCF Chapter Locator to locate your closest TCF Chapter. You can also contact us at the York Street Centre in Sydney for further information and contacts for our Chapters.
TCF NSW provide a quarterly newsletter to our members detailing a number of current activities, events, news, resources and general information across the TCF NSW organisation. Please refer to the Newsletter section of our website for further details about subscription and copies of previous newsletter issues.
TCF NSW Facebook
Our Facebook site complements our website and provides the ability for the public to interact and collaborate online. This is a new and evolving way in which we are offering the bereaved families of NSW our understanding and support. The page began in late 2012 and has been well received. Our posts include notices about coming TCF events or meetings, photos from events, links to articles on grief, reports where TCF members have had interviews in the press and other items of interest to TCF NSW that come to our attention.
Facebook and our website provides us with helpful insights into who is viewing our pages, and includes both demographic and geographical data that is important for us to understand our audience tailor our support.
We welcome people to post relevant information, comment on posts and use the 'like' or 'share' features to spread the message of TCF NSW.
Our page is open to the public and we welcome all feedback. Please visit our Facebook site to get started and don't forget to like the site for easy reference and update notifications