Approximately 30 TCF Chapters in NSW are co-ordinated by the TCF NSW Organisation. Chapters are established across NSW for the benefit of suburban and country members. Each Chapter has a designated Chapter Leader who co-ordinates activities. Chapter leaders receive help, training and advice from experts.
Chapters may be in the form of a support group in a particular regional / suburban location across NSW, or as a specific support group at the York Street Centre.
TCF NSW Regional and Sydney Metropolitan Chapters can be located using our TCF NSW Chapter Locator by selecting the Chapters button below.
Apart from those Chapters outlined in the Chapter Locator, there are also Chapters that operate as Support Groups at the York Street Centre. These are listed under Monthly Support Group Meetings and can be accessed by selecting the button below.
In the Sydney metropolitan area and in NSW regional areas, bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents meet together to talk, listen, share, and provide each other emotional support after the tragic death of a child.
What to Expect at Chapter Sessions?
When you attend chapter sessions, you won’t find professionals running the meetings and giving advice. We are not therapists and we do not provide counselling. Everyone will be just like you, someone who is going through the natural grieving process. As we meet together, we learn from each other through our shared experiences.
Attending the meetings you will find people of all ages from young adults to the elderly. You will find people mourning the loss of an adult child and others who are mourning the loss of a child who never had an opportunity to take its first breath. You may find people whose child died 30 years ago and others with a loss so fresh their pain is measured in days and weeks.
No one comes to judge another. You will find that children are being mourned who have died from all ages and all causes. The pain is the same; that of the loss of hopes and dreams that will never be realised. Come and join with others who understand much of what you’re feeling; certainly not everything; but a lot more than most people, simply because we’ve been there.
Know that there will be sadness and tears as we talk about our loss, but there will also be joy and laughter as we remember special times with our children. You don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to, but you will certainly be given that opportunity.
We ask but one thing from you - that you attend at least a couple of meetings before you decide if The Compassionate Friends is right for you. We know that support groups are not for everyone. But why not give it a try and see why it’s not unusual to hear people who attend one day say, “The Compassionate Friends saved my life.”
Contacting your Chapter
Chapter leaders are representatives of TCF NSW and are approved by the TCF NSW Council.
Initial contact with support groups should be made through the TCF NSW Office.
TCF recommends that attendance at Chapter meetings by the media, by students, or by other observers be permitted only with prior announcement and with the consent of the members. Please contact TCF NSW or the Chapter Leader.
Establishing New Chapters
The state council may establish and appoint Chapters, Sub-Chapters, Representatives and Telephone Contacts throughout the State.
TCF NSW encourages the development of new Chapters to bereaved parents directly where there is no local Chapter. This includes support, training and assistance to those members who wish to contribute their time, talent and resources to establish and fulfil the requirements of a new Chapter.