11 August 2017
The Importance of Peer Support – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford
Many people with disability have experienced loneliness and isolation, this has been well documented in government reports for many decades.
In 2012, the Disability Council summarised the finding of a report following extensive research on social inclusion to conclude:
“The ability for people with a disability to come together around the lived experience of disability is important for both the development of advocacy as well as the development of a strong sense of identity. The importance of peer support extends beyond people with an intellectual disability to those who support and care for them. Peer support plays a critical role in building resilience”.
Interchange Australia understands the value of peer support programs and offers a wide range of social and recreational activities that provide our clients with opportunities to socialise with peers, learn new skills, enhance self-confidence and wellbeing and to have fun. Some of these activities include: day trips to events, shows and tourist attractions, drama, music, art and cooking classes and a range of sport and leisure activities including walking groups and tenpin bowling.
Interchange Australia invites you to enquire about these activities that focus on inclusion and wellbeing. We are proud of our reputation for offering such a wide range of opportunities for delivering positive outcomes for our clients. Please call one of our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334 to learn more.