The Membership Development Worker acts very closely with the membership through, daily activities and peer support committees. Together, members support each other, learn additional skills and knowledge from their peers, socialize and develop acquaintances and friendships. This is achieved in the following areas.
- Monthly membership meetings
- Topic of the week meetings
- Mutual support
- Peer support groups
- Members educational resources
- Internet access
- Multi Cultural Workshops
Membership entitles you to:
- Drop in for coffee
- A vote General Meetings and the AGM (as a living consumer/survivor)
- Use of computers, TV, Stereo, DVD and videos, members’ phone and free use of PACE washer/dryer
- Quarterly Newsletter
- Opportunities to attend conferences
- Depression/Anxiety/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Healthy Living
- Concurrent Disorders
- Emotional Health
- Domestic Violence Group for Women
- Men’s Only Group
PACE is proud to offer specialized Peer Support Workers
- Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principals of respect, shared responsibilities and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is about understanding anothers situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain.
- People that have a mental health issue helping other people with a mental health issue.
- Persons with like minds, experience, knowledge, problem sharing skills and tactics for mutual benefit.
- People meeting as equals to share their experiences. Offering emotional support and practical ways of coping, this is done primarily by listening. It involves sharing experiences and information in a non judgmental way with empathy and sincerity. People learn from each other using their lived experience as the foundation to developing a healthy relationship.
Benefits from receiving Peer support
- Empowerment, hope and a sense that others have faced the same tribulations and overcome them through a sense of common ground and understanding.
- Acceptance, someone to talk to, someone who shows by example that there is a life after being diagnosed with a mental illness.
- No wait time: being able to speak with someone when you need it. No need to go on a waiting list!
- Speaking with someone who has more than just book training. Speaking with a peer means speaking with someone else who’s been there!
- It’s good to know how other people have coped.