Queer Youth Peer Supporters Program

 

Peer supporters are champions of the LGBTIQA+ community, and we want to have their backs.

Who is a peer supporter or community facilitator?

We don’t have a one, single universal definition for a peer supporter or community facilitator.

Peer support can look different and be provided in different ways:

  • It can be online through facebook groups, group chats, whatsapp, sub-reddits, discord and other social media platforms. 
  • It can be in-person, in a group or one-on-one
  • It can be peer lead, or facilitated by someone with professional experience
  • It can involve social meet ups, eating together, shared activities, a shared interest or workshop for recreation or skill building. 
  • It might be an issue based focus, or for a particular group of people amongst the queer community.
  • It can be completely volunteer, organised on a budget of $0 or self funded
  • It can have partial funding, through crowdfunding, the group pitching in for certain activities, or self funded projects
  • It might be funded through grants, which are auspiced through a not-for-profit organisation, which may or may not be sustainable

We believe peer supporters are an essential part of our community.

We are looking for people:

  • Of ANY age in South Australia who provide peer support to LGBTIQA+ youth (16-25 yrs old).
  • Who provide peer support as a volunteer or as employed work.
  • With no or limited training through to people who have training and experience.
  • From all intersections of our community and who work with various intersections of our community.
  • From regional, rural and metropolitan areas. 
  • Who are available for 2 hours per month to attend a meeting in person or online.
  • If you volunteer as a youth peer supporter, would be interested in completing training in Mental health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

​** We strongly encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply**

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What we will be doing:

  • Creating a support network for people who provide peer support to LGBTIQA+ youth.
  • Providing monthly workshops for peer support people to develop new skills, share their experiences, challenges, hurdles overcome and success stories, face to face and online.
  • Creating a digital space for peer support people to provide each other support or advice.
  • Building resources to be published on the SARAA website to assist LGBTIQA+ youth peer supporters.
  • The program will aim to share learnings from the group, focusing on:
  1. Mental health first aid 
  2. Resilience and self care
  3. Creating inclusive spaces for disabled and First Nations people, and people of colour
  4. Defining the role of a peer supporter
  5. Knowing our scope
  6. Governance and risk – eg WWCC
  7. Understanding what supports are available
  8. Media 101
  9. Fundraising

What we will provide:

  • A safe inclusive space physically and/or virtually, to develop your skills and build a network of support around LGBTIQA+ youth support. 
  • Monthly workshops in person or online with other peer support people. 
  • Accredited training for peer supporters of volunteer run not for profit groups in Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
  • Honorarium reimbursement for volunteer peer supporters for time spent during monthly workshops and regional travel. 
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Expressions of interest to be involved in the ‘Peer Support Program’ have now closed

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