Peer Support Australia has a new PO Box
Please note the address is: PO Box 7440 Warringah Mall NSW 2100
Our street address is unchanged: 2 Grosvenor Place Brookvale NSW 2100
Peter Cousens agrees to be our Ambassador
Peer Support Australia is so pleased to announce on 9th October 2013, Peter Cousens BDA (Acting) NIDA Producer/Director, Adjunct Associate Professor CQU accepted an invitation to become Ambassador of Peer Support Australia. Peter is proud of his work in providing opportunities for young people to develop connections and relationships. He looks forward to contributing in raising the awareness of the Peer Support Program as he believes in life affirming values based projects that promote family, community and human rights. click here to see Peter's feature film Carry Me Home to be released in 2014
click here to read about Peter's independent film company Production One Incorporated
Sydney Morning Herald article published on 16 September 2013
Click here to view the article titled: "No blame' strategies work, but only vigilance beats the bullies
New Resilience Module Rethinking Challenges (8 sessions) for secondary schools available now
The new module, titled Rethinking Challenges is ready to be supplied to schools. Call us for further information.
Fundraiser for charity
Peer Support Australia working together with Bear Cottage and Sunnyfield disAbility Services, would like to thank everyone who supported this fundraising event. Our host, Mrs Kerryn Baird, wife of NSW Treasurer the Hon Mike Baird MP was very pleased to work with us on this happy day. Guests were elegantly dressed and fashions in the field were judged by Miss Amelia Novakovic. Our monster raffle meant everyone went home with a prize. Thanks to everyone who came and those who made donations to support the charities.
Warringah Council Community Grants recipient 2013 - 2014
Peer Support Australia, with funding from the Warringah Council Community Development Grants 2013 - 2014, are offering Northern beaches primary & secondary schools in the Warringah Council area an opportunity to develop positive mental health in Young People. Through training teaching staff to implement the Peer Support Program in their school. The Program focuses on leadership, life skills and empowering older students to support their younger peers. Limited places are available to attend the Balgowlah workshop on 29th August 2013. Please contact our office to register.
Turning Point Consulting, Educational programs to schools
NSW based, Turning Point Consulting deliver educational programs to primary schools, around building self esteem and confidence and secondary schools, around career guidance and planning for the future.
Click here to go to Kathryn Taylor's website to read more
Bushlink - Schools & Community Projects
Peer Support are happy to promote the Bushlink project. This project will embrace the spirit of social inclusion from a grass roots level, by taking the Bushlink crew into schools (primary & secondary) to work alongside school students for the day.
Click here to view their flyer for more information
Blacktown Advocate article on Peer Support
Published on 26 March 2013, Quakers Hill East Public School has been quoted to say they use the Peer Support Program to reinforce the need for children to respect others. School Principal, Ms Talintyre speaks highly of the program's outcomes for students.
Click here to view the article titled: Students turn to each other for support
Dr Tim Sharp
Peer Support Australia is proud to announce on 12th June 2013, Dr Tim Sharp, Chief Happiness Officer, The Happiness Institute, Executive Coach & Clinical Psychologist, Consultant & Speaker, Adjunct Professor (UTS Business School & RMIT School of Health Sciences), accepted an invitation to become Ambassador of Peer Support Australia. Tim supports Peer Support Australia's vision to develop in young people a sense of personal responsibility for their own wellbeing, with the support of their peers and an informed and skilled community. Tim is one of Australia's leaders in positive psychology and happiness. click here to go to The Happiness Institute website & enjoy!
Peer Support Australia turns 30 this year
In order to honour this significant milestone we are seeking stories from schools who have implemented the Peer Support Program during that time.
We are looking for memorable incidents that occurred as a result of the Peer Support Program, or stories about Peer Leaders who have done great things in the community.
This is a great opportunity to recount your story or their story. It could be either during time at school or after they have left school. It is our intention to honour some of these wonderful young people with a very special event later in the year.
These stories will be documented (with permission) on our Facebook page, website and newsletters, and will be recounted at our Anniversary celebration.
Stories are welcome from both Primary and Secondary schools. Please see attached flyers for both and it would be appreciated if you would distribute the relevant flyer to staff and students.
The competition has closed but your story is most welcome.
We would also be interested in your help in identifying high profile Australians who have been Peer Support Leaders and who may be interested in being Ambassadors for the Peer Support Program.
Thank you for your support and please help us find students who have benefitted from the Peer Support Program.
Click here to see the Primary School Flyer
Click here to see the Secondary School Flyer
NSW Institute of Teachers
Peer Support Australia - NSW Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence. Scope of Endorsement Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teach - Descriptors 3.5.2, 6.4.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence - Standards 4.2.3, 6.2.1, 6.2.4, 6.2.5 and 6.2.6
National Compact Partner
Peer Support Australia is proud to be a National Compact Partner supporting and committing to the National Compact's shared vision, purpose and principles. Click here to go to the National Compact website
Development and ongoing training of this website was made possible by support from the
James N Kirby Foundation and an infrastructure grant secured from the NSW Health funded
mental health NGOs Infrastructure Grants Program.
Peer Support workshops proceed regardless of industrial action.