Do we underestimate the power of “Peer Support” or do these words confuse things little?
At the end of the day, aren’t we just “giving someone a hand”?
Today whilst supporting a friend in the Law Courts for their first time I was basically “giving them a hand” which also made me think, this is Â just another angle of “Peer Support”
The Department of Human Services (Vic) in collaboration with a group of individuals, family members and professionals who pulled together their thoughts on Peer Support & have recently launched a resource called
Disability Services Peer Support
Which will soon be available in all good bookshops, (actually it will be on the website soon)
From the introduction of the booklet.
â€¦â€¦â€¦is for people with a disability and their supporters.
It tells the story of how people who receive disability supports can share what they know about self-directing their supportsâ€¦â€¦â€¦
My takeaway after reading this booklet is, I like how it dissects the different shapes and sizes of peer support such as
- Having a chat in the car park
- Support Groups
- Individual Peer Coaches
- Online options, if you really think about it Facebook could possibly be seen as a form of peer support? Sort of
Put a note in your calendar to check out The Human Resources website early June to take a closer look yourself.