Peer support programs enable people to speak up for themselves and support members who need training and encouragement to voice their concerns, access information, resolve issues and identify available support options, either within or outside the NDIS. Peer support also provides opportunities for peer to peer support and activities to educate and encourage people. In this way group members will gain the knowledge and develop the skills required to live independent lives and contribute to their community.
The I-PaLS program will provide training, mentoring and peer support activities that connect people to community. Training sessions will include tenancy rights, financial literacy, job readiness, maintaining physical and mental health, interpersonal skills, supported decision making, consumer rights and accessing transport.
The targeted skills development program will help participants to greater independence, with increased choice and control over their lives, by speaking up for themselves, accessing information and resolving issues independently.
The program will include access to trained mentors with lived experience of disability and a range of peer support activities during and after the formal skills development component is completed.