Peer Support... provides the family or carer with a break

Peer Support

What the Service Offers

Peer Support provides respite care to younger people (aged 16 years and over) who are living with a disability within the Singleton Shire.

Service users are provided with age-appropriate, enjoyable activities that contribute to their ability to function within society. This also assists with the independence of people living with a disability and reduces the likelihood of premature or inappropriate admission to residential care facilities.

Importantly, Peer Support provides the family or carer with a break from the usual caring role.

Peer Support strengthens and maintains the primary care relationships between a person with a disability, their families and carers; and reduces the potential for the breakdown of supports for a person living with a disability.

 Services are delivered Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Features of Peer Support

  • Individual service users will be matched with other peers of similar age and interests, generally in group activities.
  • Activities will be determined by demand.
  • Flexible and responsible service delivery in line with the needs of individuals, families
    and carers.
  • Planned respite care.
  • Provision of time-limited breaks for families and carers, primarily on a planned basis.

Activities

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Positive benefits and outcomes for the person with a disability.
  • Provision of service where the service user attends group activities away from the family home.
  • Community-based activities such as visits to films, restaurants, sporting facilities or other appropriate venues.
  • Development of or participation in a respite plan for each family/individual which outlines:
    • identified needs
    • agreed respite activities and time frames
    • roles and responsibilities of those involved in the provision of respite care
    • ongoing evaluation and review
    • agreed process and time frame for review of respite plan and identified needs
  • Formal and informal links with other service providers involved in the provision of Peer Support services to ensure the respite is part of a total co-ordinated range of support services.