Peer Support Groups

Six women attending one of our Peer Support Groups

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.

  • Jim Stovall

Our Peer Support Groups support families to help their family members with disability seek out, enjoy and maintain The Good Life. Each group provides an opportunity for learning, discussion, sharing, troubleshooting, and celebrating. Members are encouraged to discuss their ideas and plans and to seek inspiration from other’s stories and actions. Groups are facilitated by our team to ensure a safe, welcoming and supportive forum in which every member can be heard.

We invite you to join us. It doesn’t matter if you are very new to the journey or a seasoned traveller. We can all learn something from others and give and receive support.

We are looking forward to welcoming past Peer Group members and many new faces to this year’s Groups.

Peer Support Group Themes for 2021

Meeting Dates and Times

  • Meetings are held every two months
  • To keep you moving towards your goals, you’ll have access to resources and activities in the weeks between meetings

You’ll find a list of meeting dates on each Peer Group page.

Joining a Peer Group

You are welcome to join as many groups as you wish. Our peer groups are free to attend but you must first register to get the Zoom room link and to receive notifications. You only need to register once to attend every session.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive notification of the upcoming dates and topics via email.

Join A Peer Group

Employment Peer Support Group

Note: The Employment Peer Group has reached capacity and it’s no longer possible to join the Group. If you’d like to receive priority notification of future Employment Peer Groups, please visit the page and add your name to the waitlist.

It’s often difficult for people with intellectual disability or autism to find meaningful employment. That’s why we established the Employment Peer Support Group. It’s for families supporting their sons and daughters with developmental disability to

  • find work experience opportunities
  • find paid casual or part-time work while still at school
  • establish their own microenterprise
  • find meaningful customised open employment.

Join the Employment Peer Group Waiting List

Imagining Home Peer Support Group

Note: The Employment Peer Group has reached capacity and it’s no longer possible to join the Group. If you’d like to receive priority notification of future Employment Peer Groups, please visit the page and add your name to the waitlist.

Does your family member with disability want to move out of the family home and into their own place? Whether it’s an apartment shared with friends or a place all to themselves, this can take a lot of thought and planning.

This peer group supports families striving to help their family member with disability find a place to call home.

Join the Imagining Home Peer Group Waiting List

Inclusive Education Peer Support Group

Inclusive education can often feel like the road less travelled. Did you know it is your child’s right to attend a school and be fully included? Many families enrol their child with disability in a school, expecting that their child will attend the regular classroom, playground activities, school camps and excursions. Instead, they are often encouraged to segregate their child in a support unit or special school.

Advocating for physical, social and academic inclusion can be difficult, exhausting work. Parents can feel isolated at times when they most need support and understanding. It can be difficult to know what steps to take to achieve the goal of inclusive education. It can be hard to find reliable information, let alone the tactics that work.

We’ve been on this journey for many years. You can read our Vision for Inclusive Education here.

What’s helped us is connecting with peers, people who are travelling the same path. That’s why we are planning to convene a peer support group about Inclusive Education.

Indicate Your Interest in the Inclusive Education Peer Support Group

About the Peer Groups

  • We meet on a set day and time for 60 minutes
  • Meetings are facilitated by team members from Imagine More
  • Meetings are free to attend, thanks to funding from the Department of Social Services.
  • Depending on the group, we will either meet virtually on Zoom or in-person in Canberra
  • If on Zoom, you can choose whether to appear on camera or whether to speak.
  • You are welcome to listen until you are ready to share.
  • You will receive an email reminder (and Zoom link) a few days before each session.
  • Please RSVP so that we know you’ll be joining us each month.
  • Participant discussion will not be recorded. There will not be a replay of the meeting.