Welcome to GAMMA, the Gay and Married Mens' Association
|Freecall 1800 804 617 for Phone Support.
See down the page for details.
Our Next Meeting on Wednesday 1 October
Topic: Group discussion and AGM
Come and have your say about guiding GAMMA into 2015.
Dinner before the meeting: on their way to GAMMA meetings, some of of our men gather at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street to enjoy a meal and a chat.
It's a pleasant thing to do and good value for money:
all meals are $12.50, with quite a wide choice in the menu.
Thanks for joining us on the GAMMA website. The purpose of GAMMA is to provide safe and confidential opportunities for men to discuss and consider issues relating to their sexuality and the relationships in their lives.
We are a peer support group run by men who have been through their own journey and we meet twice a month to listen to each other, provide support, and often have a guest speaker on a relevant topic of interest.
Many men come to their first meeting feeling vulnerable, uncertain, perhaps confused, and concerned about what lies ahead. Some face problems demanding immediate attention whilst others are still coming to grips with their own internal feelings. Whatever the case we are here to help.
It can be a big step to make a call, read this website, or attend a meeting so I've prepared a video to give you a brief overview.
I look forward to welcoming you at our next GAMMA meeting.
Steven Bloom GAMMA president.
As well as meetings, GAMMA operates a phone support line. If you ring us, you will not be talking to a call centre but to a competent trained GAMMA member who has been on similar journey to yourself. Anyone is welcome to call for support, information and referrals.
The service has a Freecall number and you can ring from anywhere in New South Wales for the price of a local call.
So, if you've got a problem you'd like to discuss, or are hesitant about coming to a meeting in person, or simply not able to get to Sydney easily, please give us a call.
The number is 1800 804 617.
Our meeting with Peter Kadwell on Wednesday 16 July
Peter Kadwell, former GAMMA president, heads up the Bereavement Counselling Service at Calvary Health Care in Kogarah.
The following is a statement about the service:
“Due to the personal nature of grief, many people find it beneficial to speak with a specialist bereavement counsellor who can provide a non-judgemental, safe and empathic environment within which the bereaved can discuss any and all emotional and physical reactions and be gently supported in their journey.”
And that's just the approach Peter offered to the GAMMA men who were able to come to his talk on Wednesday 16 July. He believes that many of us working through separation issues after coming out suffer from a lot of the same symptoms, and need to work through them. Peter is not only well versed in coping with grief: he is also an experienced counsellor in other fields. See our brief report here.
Our Meeting with Roxanne McMurray on Wednesday 20 August
Roxanne is the Manager of the Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre, and she has formed a strong liaison with GAMMA over the last few years. We were pleased to welcome her back on 20 August, when she led a group discussion rather than giving a formal presentation, and the results were extremely informative.
You can see what was talked about on the night here