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Peer Groups

Peer groups are a collective environment encouraging people with disability to share stories and learn from others in a similar situation in a place that is safe and free from judgement.

Meeting monthly in an accessible location, including online options, peer groups are led by skilled facilitators with personal experience of disability. They facilitate the group in topics of interest helping group members achieve personal goals and learn new information. Some of our groups also attend social outings on occasions.

At times, our peer groups invite guest speakers and presenters on topics which are relevant to our project outcomes and outcomes determined by the group members.

Examples of topics that may be discussed:

  • Information and a better understanding of any aspect of the NDIS;
  • Self-advocacy, assertiveness, and your rights or the rights of your child;
  • Resilience during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Enhancing independence;
  • Relationships;
  • Adapting to change;
  • Practical living skills;
  • Travel accessibility (local, interstate and overseas);
  • Accessing your community and activities;
  • Barriers – internal or external.
nine members of Kyogle peer group pose for camera outside meeting room

Current Peer Groups

Noah’s Inclusion Services

The Parent Room

This program helps parents feel supported and learn new knowledge and skills to care for their children and get the services they need.

Sessions are held monthly during the day and evening to local families of children with disability.

Locations: Nowra, Ulladulla and Sanctuary Point, NSW.

Head and shoulders photo of blonde woman wearing a blue floral patterned shirt smiling at camera.Peer Facilitator Debra has been facilitating Peer Groups and providing peer-to-peer mentoring in the Shoalhaven for the past 10 years. She is a parent to Molly and Sam. Sam, now 24 years, was born with Down Syndrome and started early intervention when he was six months old. Debra is passionate about guiding parents through the maze from first diagnosis, supporting their child’s transition to the NDIS and connecting them with other families and empowering families to advocate for their child.

For more information on The Parent Room, register your interest using the form below or visit the Noah’s website.

Muscular Dystrophy NSW (MDNSW)

Peer Connect

MDNSW believes that people with disabilities are experts in their own lives. Connections are important, especially in these times, so MDNSW runs a mix of online and face-to-face groups.

Groups: Info Share and Condition Specific.

Locations: Online and various locations in Sydney.

Head and shoulders photo of woman smiling at camera, she wears glasses and a red t-shirt and her hair is in a bun.Peer Facilitator Carolyn supports and mentors people with disability to take control of their lives, and is currently coordinating and facilitating the Peer Connect program at Muscular Dystrophy NSW. Carolyn has an Honours degree in Social Work, and has been a trainer/educator in the state government and NGO sector for the past 25 years. She taught disability studies at university and TAFE, and was a research associate on the first evaluation of individualised funding in NSW in 2008. Carolyn is a proud Aunty and papercrafts enthusiast with lived experience of physical disability.

For more information on MDNSW groups, register your interest using the form below or visit the MDNSW website.

Shoalhaven Peer Group

Self-Advocacy Peer Group

This monthly peer group is predominantly for people living with intellectual disability. Our facilitator assists members in building capacity, confidence and connection with other members.

If you live locally, transport may be provided.

Locations: Shoalhaven (face-to-face)

For more information, register your interest using the form below.

PDCN Social Group

Quarterly Peer Group

PDCN’s quarterly peer group is for anyone living with physical disability and their families to get to know each other and at times do some fun activities!

Locations: Sydney, and varies between online and face-to-face.

For more information, register your interest using the form below.

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Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
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