What is the ‘Online crafting group for people with ME/CFS’?

The online crafting group for people with ME/CFS is an eight-session online community group for 8 to12 people hosted by a professional facilitator engaged by Emerge Australia. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. You bring along your own craft project and have the chance to chat while indulging in your crafting passion - be it crocheting, painting or card making. The aim of this group is to help you to connect with other people who have a shared interest and also live with ME/CFS. We have four core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support, Community Building and Learning.

Why should I attend?

Accessing peer support - talking to people who 'get it' - is one of the primary requests that we receive at Emerge Australia. We have designed this pilot program to provide a safe space - with a facilitator - where people who live with ME/CFS can meet and chat for an hour every other week over a four month period.

What will happen in the group?

In this group you will find:

  • A professional facilitator to guide the conversation
  • 8 facilitated meetings - every other week for one hour
  • Option to continue to meet after the course - your facilitator will help you to establish ground rules and come up with a plan to continue with the group
  • Social interaction - this group is not structured therapy and will try not to dwell on negative or medical chat
  • The group will have access to a private sub-forum on the Emerge Australia Community Forum where chat can continue between sessions

Session dates and times

This online group will run on Thursdays at 2pm commencing on the 22 July 2021. 

The remaining sessions will be:

  • 5 August
  • 19 August
  • 2 September
  • 16 September
  • 30 September
  • 14 October
  • 28 October

Afternoon sessions (for info) - All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 1:45pm session open
  • 2:00pm group meeting commences
  • 3:00pm group meeting ends

New start dates for this group (newly established groups) are added throughout the year. Please note, you will receive the Zoom link for the class the day before the scheduled date.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Meet your facilitator

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I live with ME/CFS. At the start of the year I moved back to New Zealand from Australia to be closer to family support. I love reading, spending time in nature, snuggling with my dog, baking and of course crafting! I learnt to crochet and cross stitch last year and have been really enjoying building my skills and making things for people. I can also knit (a little bit) and I make my own body and cleaning products. I look forward to meeting you and crafting together!