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Being an Informed Friend

Being an Informed Friend:  journeying 1:1 alongside a person living with disability or a chronic condition


‘Still Me’: being an informed friend with a person living with chronic conditions.


Grow your skills in providing effective 1:1 support and friendship to enable you to journey alongside a person living with a chronic condition.

People living with chronic conditions experience permanent and constant change. In the midst of a life full of changes they want the key people around them to remember I am still me”.

This workshop aims to help you to support a person living with the roller coaster of change. The quality of care, support and encouragement a person receives can make a huge difference in how their journey with a chronic condition is experienced. The workshop covers the common changes evident in the research undertaken with people living with chronic conditions. The workshop aims to grow your awareness of the changes, issues, and challenges, so that you can be a more informed and supportive friend, not a therapist, nor a health expert – but a friend.


The workshop has three sessions:

  1. What are the impacts of living with chronic conditions?
  2. What does restorative support, coping, reframing and moving forward with life look like?
  3. How can informed friends support recovery?


It will cover aspects of the following developing on Thriving Together workshop:

  • Physical issues and supporting the whole person
  • Emotional issues and supporting through transition and grief
  • Social issues and supporting self and community connection
  • Spiritual issues and supporting the person in crisis
  • Personal safety issues



‘Being an Informed Friend’ is a full day workshop but can be abbreviated to two sessions of 2 hours upon request.

The initial funding for this workshop enabled the creation of not just the workshop for informed friends, but a full kit of resources for churches to train members of their Health and Pastoral Care Ministry teams and other volunteers to become informed friends with people living with chronic conditions. The aim is for churches to continue to develop informed friends in their churches as effective supportive friends with vulnerable people.



Baptist Care SA is willing to provide the training FREE to Baptist churches including the provision of advertising material and participants’ workbooks at a time and place that suits your needs. The church needs to provide the venue including setting and packing up, refreshments, and secure 8-10 participants. 

Participants receive a comprehensive workbook with additional material for later reference


For more information and to book a course at your church contact:

T: (08) 8273 7100 or E: [email protected]


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