Group Support

Our community support groups, also known as PalliChat Cafés, aim to connect people in your community for a friendly informal chat and to share experiences with ageing, serious illness, dying, death, and grief.

The strength of our PalliChat Cafés are the connections and understandings that come from shared story telling. Whether you are an older person living with a serious illness; a carer, a family member, close friend, neighbour or work colleague, our PalliChat Cafés are here for you.

Our PalliChat Cafés are facilitated by a member of our PalliWellbeing team and are free for those over 65 (over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People) and those who support them in the Brisbane south region. You can also request a PalliChat Café to U for your community group.

Request a PalliChat Café to U

Has your group experienced a bereavement?

Does you group know someone who has a serious illness condition?

Does your group support older people within the Brisbane south region?

Contact us to book a PalliChat Café to U to facilitate a discussion with your group (online or face-to-face)

What is the format of the groups?

Groups are open where new participants can join at any time, who meet together to talk over their experiences. Experienced facilitators will be present to assist the group. Our PalliChat Cafés are inclusive and if translators are required, this can be organised.

Why groups?

The strength of support groups is the connections and understandings that come from shared narratives.

PalliChat Café support groups provide ongoing help to participants in various ways, including:

  • normalising the journey
  • listening and sharing personal experiences
  • creating social networks and reducing feelings of isolation
  • discovering personal strengths and building resilience
  • providing relevant information regarding community, social and health support and services

Who can join?

These groups are for anyone who is over 65 (over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People) or those supporting them who are experiencing serious illness, dying, death or grief. Whether you are the person with the serious illness, the carer, family, close friend, neighbour or work colleague – we are here to support you.