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Our Next Meeting on Wednesday 5 November
Topic: The process of building a new life: it's not a 'straight' line
Speaker John Harradine. John is a general and relationship counsellor practicing in our community and the community at large. He also serves on the GAMMA committee.
7:15 for a 7:30 start.
A note about getting into the building: The ACON building is closed after office hours,
so GAMMA men need a tag to gain access.
Only a couple of our volunteer office bearers have one, so if you get there early, haven't been to a meeting before, or you're simply not sure what to do, please be patient.
Kind souls on their way out will usually let you in,
and there'll be someone from the group along soon.
We promise we won't forget you or change the meeting without letting everybody know.

President Message

Steven Bloom

Phone Support

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.

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Our Next Social Event

Dinner before Meetings

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.

The Shakespeare is one of the old-time local pubs still around in inner Sydney: the bar can be quite rowdy, so we usually ahead upstairs where the former bedrooms have been converted to dining rooms of various sizes.

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.

Even if you're not able to get along to the meeting, you still have to eat, and among friends is as good a way as any.

What's New

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

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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

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