Support Groups

Support Groups


Livewell Online Support Group

Livewell understands that the pressures of living a busy lifestyle doesn’t always allow caregivers the time to attend their weekly support groups. However, the need for carer and family support is immense and it is with this in mind that they decided to launch an online dementia support group on Facebook. Livewell’s online support group provides a place to connect with other caregivers and the Livewell team who truly understand what you are going through. Whether you need information about caregiving, wanting to share your story or simply need to be in a safe environment to seek help, they are here to help.

The group is closed, meaning members will have to request access to join and discussions will be monitored by the Livewell team to ensure complete consideration for all members. All members will need to adhere to our community guidelines which hold confidentiality and compassion at the centre.

The Livewell team encourages you to join this group and use it as your source of comfort, support and a shoulder to lean on. Because it is a closed group, only other members will be able to see your comments.

Join here –

Area: Online, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Alzheimer’s South Africa Support Groups

Alzheimer’s South Africa runs countrywide support groups, as well as support groups in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Eastern Cape 081-350 8079
De Mist, East London, Grahamstown, Kwanobuhle, Port Elizabeth (Gelvan Park, Sunridge Park and Walmer), Treehaven (this is a support group just for people with dementia), Uitenhage.

Free State 051-522 4894
Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Kroonstad, Lapologang, Parys, Welkom.

Gauteng 011-346 2757
We have support groups and/or services in multiple areas. For more information, please phone the relevant regional office. Please contact us if you are interested in running a support group.

KwaZulu-Natal 031-702 4321
Amanzimtoti, Durban (Berea), Durban North, Hillcrest, Howick, KwaNgcolosi, Lower Molweni, Musgrave, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Umbilo, Upper Molweni, Vryheid.

Limpopo 011-792 2511
Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mooketsi, Polokwane, Tzaneen

Mpumalanga 013-007 0089 or 083 265 1187
Botleng, Daantjie, Emalahleni, Kamhlushwa, Nelspruit, Nkomazi, Schoemansdal, Secunda, White River

Namibia 061 227023

Northern Cape 053-831 5815
Calvinia distrik, De Aar, Kimberley, Springbok, Upington, Williston

North West 011-792 2511
Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg, Schweizer-Reneke

Southern Cape 044-533 0132
Albertinia, George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, Stilbaai

Western Cape 021-979 2724
Cape Town City Bowl, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Grassy Park, Hermanus, Langebaan, Langeberg District, McGregor, Milnerton, Montagu, Moorreesburg, Panorama Hospital, Plumstead, Robertson, Somerset West, Strand, Table View, Worcester.

Zimbabwe +263 779 714905



Imani – Specialised Care for Eating Disorders

If you have any clients who you feel would benefit from attending please just send Kathryn an email and she will make sure they receive a good welcome from staff.


  • The last Saturday of every month from 11:00-12:15

The facilitators are Ilana Hunter and Roganee Pillay.


  • EDG TUESDAY 19:30pm
  • EDG THURSDAY 18:15pm

The facilitators are Anthony Fry and Alison Bloomberg.


  • ABA SUNDAYS 18:00pm
  • SHA WEDNESDAYS 19:15pm



Venue: 38 Alexandra Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape

For more information please contact:

Kathryn Mills


Huntington’s support group – Pretoria

HASA (Huntington’s Association of South Africa) recognised the need for an HD support group based in Gauteng.

Please email to for directions if necessary.

Venue: Grace Notes Coffee Shop, Coram Deo, 467 Lea Street, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria East.
For more information please contact:
Anne-Marie Ungerer
083 304 0671

Huntington’s support group – Cape Town

HASA (Huntington’s Association of South Africa) recognised the need for an HD support group based in Cape Town, Western Cape. Everyone is welcome. But predominantly for people who have been diagnosed with HD, people who are at risk of having HD, any family, friends or carers of HD suffers.

It is a very informal, open forum of people affected by HD in some way or another. This is a safe space where people will have the opportunity to meet people in similar circumstances and hear others share their stories and experiences. You do not need to stay for the whole session and are more than welcome to just pop in to see what it’s all about.

Tea and biscuits will be served.


Where: Claremont, Cape Town

When: The 2nd Thursday of every month. 7:00 – 8:30pm

For more information please contact:

Jessica Selfe (HASA Director)

082 318 3330

Livewell Support Groups

Dealing with a loved one’s Dementia and Alzheimers, when it’s part of YOUR life. The support group is a place where you can ask questions, give answers, exchange messages and get support from other family caregivers who understand exactly what you’re going through. Problem solving & professional help are available.

Livewell’s aim is to equip families, spouses and care providers with ways to sustain themselves when they face difficulty or when a spouse is diagnosed with dementia. “Sometimes all that a participant in the group needs is for someone to listen,” says Susan Swanepoel, Quality of Life manager at Livewell Village, Somerset West.


Where & when:

Western Cape

Somerest West – Livewell Suites, 41 Lourens Street, Somerset West

There will be no Somerset West support groups in December

Stellenbosch – 

There will be no Stellenbosch support groups in December

Cape Town – The River Club, Observatory, Liesbeek Avenue, Observatory Rd

5th December 2018 at 10:30am (Always the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30)

RSVP: Contact Susan Swanepoel at or 021 851 6886


Bryanston – Livewell Villages, 113 Mount Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg

12th December 2018 at 11:00 am (Always the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00)

RSVP: Contact Corlia Schutte at or 011 463 8212


Headway-Natal is a non-profit organisation assisting victims of stroke and brain injury and those caring for them. Support Groups include: TBI support group (Traumatic Brain Injury), Carers/family members, Zulu-speaking carers/family members, Social stroke group, Telephonic support, Literature.


Where: 11 Menston Road, Westville, KwaZulu-Natal

For more information please contact:

Ian Vowles


Headway Friendship Circle

Headway Gauteng, started in 1995, is a registered welfare organisation dedicated to offering various support programmes to survivors of brain injury (BI) and their families. The vast majority of our injured members have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as result of motor vehicle, motor cycle and pedestrian vehicle accidents, assaults and sporting accidents. We also assist survivors of acquired brain injuries such as stroke. These people have led a full life up until the brain injury, which has caused permanent changes to physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes.



Headway Gauteng has four branches: Hyde Park, Khomelela, Soweto, Tshawne

To view a list of the addresses and times of meetings at these branches for 2014 visit

For more information please phone 011 442 5733 or visit

Head Injury Support Group

The purpose of the group is to provide brain injury survivors and their family members with emotional support; provide survivors and family members with a space within which to process the various losses they may have suffered as a result of the brain injury; and assist with adjustment after brain injury.

Patients who may benefit from the group are patients who have suffered brain injuries; patients who have difficulty adjusting to cognitive of physical difficulties after brain injury and who may suffer from mood or anxiety disorders subsequent to brain injury; and patients who are interested in learning about coping strategies to deal with the emotional and cognitive consequences of their brain injury.

The group is not suitable for patients who are acutely psychotic or have severe communication difficulties.

Please note: This is an open group and patients can join at any time. The cost is R 80 per session (discounted fees available depending on financial need). Booking is essential.


Where: 51 Washington Road, Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape

When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month

For more information please contact:

Tania Pomario (Clinical Psychologist)


DementiaSA support groups

Join Dementia SA at a Support Group where we discuss the challenges of dementia, provide counselling and support.


Where: Visit to find the details of a support group in your area.

For more information please phone 021 421 0077/78

Province: Western Cape

Empowering Parents with Special Needs Children

This is a support group in Pretoria-East, Gauteng for parents with babies or children with Developmental delay, Autism, Down-syndrome, cerebral Palsy, Bipolar and more. This is a peer to peer support group, with the aim to provide support, resources, friendship and understanding. Meetings are bimonthly.

When: Every Saturday

For more information please contact:

Christine Bauermeister