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GATHER TOGETHER THROUGH MEETUP!
Community coming together
Join in with my
"Gather Together - TasteBuds Club"
REAL CONVERSATION - GREAT FOOD - HAPPY MIND & TUMMY
Available in Western Australia only at this time.
I don't know many people who do not enjoy going out to a lovely cafe or restaurant and sharing a meal or even just a coffee and cake with a friend, family, or in a group.
Being social together when you have a chronic illness or condition, can often mean you are left isolated and unable to get out and about. In my experience if people feel safe, included, and are interested in seeing and mixing with the people who come along, they usually try to make the effort to attend.
I know on so many occasions I didn't feel like attending events or functions, but I forced myself to go along and join in. I felt so much better afterwards for having made those meaningful connections.
Being included, welcomed, and feeling safe in the space you meet up in is also very important. For years I ran a support group where we met up bi-monthly over a four hour period of time. We shared our stories, listened to guest speakers, had workshops and educational seminars, to name a few things we did.
The most successful part of this process I found was that we catered a hot roast lunch and dessert at an affordable price. We did this for ten years and it was a lot of hard work, but incredibly enjoyed by all those who attended.
The act of fellowship over a shared meal, whatever that is, led to meaningful discussion between us. Shared stories, building on relationships, and forming real connections that lasted and added to the quality of our lives.
Since the arrival of the Coronavirus Pandemic many things have had to change. We have moved online for the most part, which has prevented those face-to-face outings and meetups. I for one missed those very much. In WA we are fortunate to date that we can meet again in person, so I have come up with a new concept called "Gather Together - TasteBuds Club".
This will be over coffee and cake, or a meal depending on what we all decide, and the location will move around depending on who wants to attend. We will visit disabled friendly cafes and restaurants in the Perth metro areas where we can share good food, great conversation, and have a meeting of the minds and tummies! This initiative is starting in October 2020!