7 reasons why Peer Support is actually the best
One of the most important things to realise early on in your journey? No journey needs to be travelled alone. There’s so much to gain from the experiences of other families who have walked a similar path before you.
We call this Peer Support. Peer Support is all about connection, respect, understanding, and empowerment between real families walking similar paths. Peer support can look like a drop-in space, a workshop, a one-on-one session, or a thriving online community.
Peer Support programs and platforms – like the ones we have here at Kindred – allow families to give and receive knowledge, support, shoulders to cry on, and communities to celebrate with. No expectations. No judgements. Sounding good? Read on!
Find a whole community of “peers” who get it
The beginning of any family journey can feel totally overwhelming. Many families report feeling lost and isolated – from their friends, from their family, from their life before their child’s diagnosis.
We get it. Because we’ve been there. And with that unique experience and knowledge, we can help. Even if all you need to do is sit and rest for a while in a safe space (and sometimes that will be exactly what you need), know we’ve got your back.
Find a sense of belonging and acceptance
Trust us, feeling supported, accepted and heard by people who speak your lingo is a total gamechanger. Our amazing community of peers can provide that all important sense of belonging and shared experience.
When you’re ready, they can help you navigate your own journey and build capacity to parent from a place of acceptance, strength and resilience. They’re in your corner the whole way along.
Benefit from collective knowledge
Collective knowledge is exceptionally powerful. It means we don’t have to reinvent the wheel for every decision we make on our journey.
Take Kindred’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and Resources which are BRIMMING with practical tips and advice from other families dealing with similar day to day realities you are.
Shift your mindset
Finding your tribe – people who share your values – on a Peer Support platform can be super inspiring and motivating. It can give you the confidence to try new things, or reframe experiences with more hope and optimism.
It can also help us create new knowledge and question dominant models of thought.
Share, laugh and learn
Importantly, Kindred’s online community (hosted on Facebook) can be a space for you to unwind and talk about your experiences outside the disability framework. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.
Our My Time Peer Group, are a place for parents and caregivers to come together to share, laugh and learn from each other. It is a drop-in, come when you can, leave when you need to kind of thing.
My Time is run by trained and knowledgeable facilitators who understand what it’s like to have a child with disability. They also have experience navigating the different services and systems, including NDIS.
Find one-on-one help
Kindred’s one-on-one Peer Connect Program unites parents and caregivers just starting out on their journey with those further along the way. It’s an entirely free service delivered by our team of Peer Support Specialists that will leave you feeling empowered, confident, and connected.
Our Peer Support Specialists all have lived experience parenting a child with disability, developmental delay or medical needs. We train them to support other families and understand evidence-based and best practice approaches.
Conducted virtually or by phone, a session with a Peer Support Specialist can help you to better navigate the health, childcare and school systems, access available supports, link up with other community members, or simply talk through that worry that kept you up last night.
(Side note, while a Peer Support Specialist is not a counsellor, therapist or caseworker, they can point you in the right direction to accessing these services.)
Learn something new
Through our experience of parenting a child with disability, we develop our knowledge. We’ve turned that knowledge into a set of rich resources for other families to learn from.
Kindred’s Workshops, Webinars and Programs and Resources offer practical tips, strategies and personal perspectives to assist in navigating the day-to-day realities of your child’s disability, so you can make informed choices.
There are stories from other families and people with disability sharing their insights and experiences of living a good life.
Why not reach out today?