Multicultural Peer Network
The Multicultural Peer Network facilitates peer support groups that increase the independence and community participation of people with a lived experience of disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds across NSW.
Multicultural Peer Networks are funded by the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program and coordinated by the DDS Community Grants Hub. It is a 3-year project aimed at engaging CALD communities to have more choice and control over their own lives by participating more in the community, discussing with peers how the NDIS can work best for them, and setting personal goals for the future.
The peer-lead networks are held in-language and tailored to the needs of each group, ensuring all information is accessible for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. A trained facilitator helps keep the conversation flowing and to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate.
Multicultural Peer Networks provide a platform for people to learn new skills to live an independent life, have access to suitable resources and fully understand their rights and opportunities in accessing their NDIS plan. Multicultural Peer Networks also provide family members and carers with access to personal support and information to help best manage their responsibilities.
All sessions are free to attend.
“Peer Networks are an exciting and innovative way to connect with like-minded people and make new friends and support networks. It is an opportunity to talk to others who have similar life experiences or disabilities and offers positive and interactive ways to connect and build inclusion in your community.” – Susie Eve, MPN Project Coordinator
Who can participate in Peer Networks?
Participants can be anyone with a disability, carers, family members or friends of someone with disability.
What does being part of a Peer Network Involve?
The Peer Network community groups are guided by a trained bilingual facilitator who supports the group to engage in discussion on topics including (but not limited to):
- Self-advocacy – speaking up for yourself.
- Circles of Support – how to surround yourself with people who can support you in achieving your goals.
- NDIS Access – what works for you what doesn’t and how to better understand your plan and what support might be available to you.
- Volunteering – as an avenue for inclusion and participation in your local community.
- Employment – talking about your disability and how it might affect you at work, how to explain this to a potential employer with confidence supporting your application for the job.
Under these guided topics there are no right or wrong answers! Just conversations to help you maintain choice and control and support you in making the decision that is right for you. Peer Network community groups are also encouraged to discuss and lead topics of their choice.
Each group is person-centred with participants deciding how and when they want to run their groups and what topics they are keen to discuss. Sessions can be held in any setting that works for group members - from on-line zoom sessions to a picnic in the park, even some walking groups have formed peer-to-peer networks!
SSI partners with a variety of organisations to facilitate groups. We also receive referrals from community members who would like to start their own group.
Employment outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers
Paid training opportunities are available for community members who express interest in learning how to facilitate a Multicultural Peer Network.
Community members with a lived experience of disability interested in this opportunity receive training in:
- Peer Facilitation
- NDIS Access
- Social Inclusion
- Social Model of Disability
Following the completion of this training, facilitators receive coaching in group support. This is a great way to broaden core skill sets and provide avenues for other employment opportunities, giving facilitators valuable insights and experience into facilitating, timetabling, organising, communicating, leadership, listening, resource development, team building and capacity building.
If you would like to connect with a peer support group in your area or are interested in partnership or employment opportunities with the Multicultural Peer Network, please contact Susie Eve, SSI ILC Project Coordinator:
Click here to view and download the MPN Flyer