Our Peer Mentor Program can provide the opportunity to talk and share experiences in a safe, supported and structured way.
This Service is for:
Adjusting to life following traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be confusing, isolating and presents a range of challenges.
“I was a bit apprehensive to start off with but then when we started talking I was so refreshed. It was like a breath of fresh air to meet other people with acquired brain injury (ABI). It really helps to talk to other people with the same troubles and to share how we cope” – Dave Wilson
What is a Peer Mentor?
A Brain Injury SA (BISA) Peer Mentor is someone who has had a ABI and is open-minded to share their wisdom and lived experience for someone who is new to ABI. A Peer Mentor can provide a safe place to talk about any concerns, fears and offers a non-judgemental ear. They can also support people to reconnect with their community and live a meaningful life.
Why become a Peer Mentor?
We believe both mentors and mentees are mutually helping and supporting each other. Peer Mentors have the opportunity to share their guidance through a familiarly overwhelming time in a person’s life.
Potential benefits of volunteering as a Peer Mentor
Make a difference:
- Help build a sense of hope and self-worth for both the mentor and mentee
- Utilise experience to help others in coping, adapting and navigating an unfamiliar experience
- Develop a sense of belonging and connection
- Meet new people
Develop your skills:
- Mentors are trained to fulfill their role and are offered continual care and supervision
- Gain training and experience in leadership, communication and group facilitation skills
- Expand awareness of community resources
- Build professional connections within the community
- Include your experience as a Peer Mentor on your record to share with potential employers
BISA Peer Mentors may be involved in:
- BISA group work – therapeutic and educational groups (e.g. Reconnect Transition Program, Brain Injury Support and Education Group), social groups (e.g. Catch Up) and social events
- Assist in bridging between sub-acute and community service access through one-on-one support
- Engagement in virtual support – safe online communication, sharing platforms
If you are interested in applying to volunteer as a Peer Mentor:
We applaud your willingness to use your time to help others!
Appointment of volunteer Peer Mentor positions will be through an application and selection process. Find out more information on the Position Description by clicking the link below.
If you are a support person or carer of someone interested in applying to volunteer as a Peer Mentor – please click the link below for more information.