Community & Parent Support

Geelong Carer's Connect

NEST Autism and Disability Services is a proud sponsor of Geelong Carers Connect, a volunteer group supporting parents and carers of children with additional needs. To find out more about this group, scheduled events and activities, click on the link below to view their Facebook page:

Below is a short list of connection opportunities through Geelong Carers Connect:

Coffee Catchup

Join us from 9:30 AM Thursdays during school terms for a casual chat with other parents in the NEST community. Locations may vary so please join the Facebook group to receive up to date information.

Cost: Your cuppa or meal of choice.

RSVP essential. Visit the Geelong Carers Connect Facebook page or contact us directly for details.

Wine Night

Monthly Mums' night out and 'Plus1' events. Raising children with additional needs can be isolating at times, and opportunities to get out, share a meal, a drink and a few laughs with other parents on the same path can alleviate the feeling of isolation.

Cost: Your drink/food of choice.

RSVP essential. Visit the Geelong Carers Connect Facebook page or contact us directly for details.

Wednesday Walkers

Join us Wednesday mornings at 9:30AM for a 4km walk - rain or shine.

We meet at Barwon Valley Fun Park in Belmont (lower carpark under the trees). Arrive before 930AM to grab a hot drink from the coffee van.

Cost: FREE or cost of your cuppa.

School Holidays

Geelong Carers Connect organise a family friendly event each term break. This is an opportunity to socialise with like-minded families while making memories with your children. Previous events have included movie night, laser tag, fishing, and more.

Cost: Varies per activity.

If you have an idea for a group not presently offered, the Geelong Carer’s Connect team would be keen to hear from you.

Contact Geelong Carer’s Connect via Facebook to learn more and get involved.


Tricky Trims

Many children find getting a haircut overwhelming but at Tricky Trims our cool and calm approach has a huge success rating.

Our first step towards a client getting a haircut is to build a trusting relationship between the hairdresser, and the child via goal setting with the parent(s) of the child. The goals can be as simple as a meet and greet and getting them in the door.

Once this is achieved, we move onto the next goal until we complete a full haircut.

As a support worker at Tricky Trims Jess works with children that have specific sensory and anxiety needs.

Additional support options:

  • Social story
  • First & then visuals
  • Movies
  • Sensory tools

Find out more on Tricky Trims Facebook page.