What is peer support?
Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other.
It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters (although it can be provided by peers without training), and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening or counselling.
The centre has three peer support officers
Centre peer support
Shaun Lacey – I’m a tetraplegic of over 30 years and I know the ups and downs of living with SCI. I’ve worked as a peer support officer for the past 10 years and it’s an invaluable resource for patients and their families. Available Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Aspire independent living advisor
Joyce Willson – I have first-hand knowledge of the issues and challenges that you might be facing and will be able to provide a listening ear and discuss issues that you might like to know more about, such as housing, equipment, care plans and daily living. Available every Wednesday afternoon.
SIA regional peer support
Ian Younghusband – I was injured in a motocross race in 1998 resulting in a C5 Complete tetraplegia. When I was first injured I found it really helpful to speak with someone that had been injured a number of years. This helped me prepare for the challenges ahead. I’m predominately community based, but I do visit the centre every other Wednesday.