Support Group Toolkit
Facilitating a support group requires patience, fortitude, and creativity. Below you will find helpful tools to get you started and keep you going as you work with caregivers in a group setting. Under the heading Toolkit Support Documents you will find various documents to assist in the facilitation of your support group. Creating an Effective Support Group guides you through the preparation stages of starting a support group and also covers meeting format and how to handle challenging situations during the group meeting. Support Group Topics is a list of topics, possible speakers, handouts, and where to find the handouts. You will also find a separate list of possible speakers for a Grandparents and Relative Caregivers (GRC) support group and an example of Support Group Guidelines.
The remaining headings are individual topics that can be covered at your support group meetings. Each heading contains handouts on the topic well as a customizable postcard which can be sent to members explaining the topic to be discussed. The handouts can be given to attendees and/or placed in your newsletters as an article on caregiving. Good luck as you work with caregivers in this important and effective way!
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