Quick tips to help you get started as a Peer Mentor

Onboarding as a Peer Mentor is self paced process and utilises an online platform called Volaby.

To make the process as efficient as possible, we suggest organising the required checks & clearances first.

The required clearances are FREE for Volunteers. There are no out of pocket expenses to become a Volunteer Mentor.

1. Required Checks & Clearances

If you need to apply for a National Police Clearance or a Working With Children Check, please follow the instructions below.

Applying for a National Police Clearance

  1. Download and complete the attached form
  2. Then attend a Police Station or Justice of the Peace with the form and 100 Point of Identification for verification.
  3. Return the form to us at;
    Email hello@strongandcapable.com.au or Post to 16-20 Hindmarsh Ave, Welland SA 5007.
  4. We then need to approve the request and await a response from the SA Police.
  5. If approved the Certificate will be posted to you.
Applying for a Working With Children Check (WWCC)
If you do not have current WWCC, we can apply for one on your behalf.
If you consent for Strong & Capable to submit an application, please email us with the subject: Application for WWCC.
And include the following information;
  1. Your full name,
  2. Date of birth and
  3. Email address.
Wondering why you need a WWCC when the program is designed for people aged over 18 years? The check involves checking the criminal history and any other relevant information that is lawfully available to the South Australian Screening Unit.
Already have the required checks?
Make sure you have them handy to complete the onboarding process.
Please note the Working with Children Checks last for 5 years from date of issue.

2. Ready to complete the onboarding process

We use a platform called Volaby to manage the onboarding process. Once you have the required clearances, this section may take approximately 60 minutes.
The process is as follows:
  1. Volunteer Profile
  2. Getting to know you
  3. Safeguarding policy
  4. National Police Clearance
  5. Working with Children Check
  6. Code of Conduct
  7. Volunteer Handbook
  8. Volunteer Agreement
  9. Reference Checks

3. Induction and Training

We have selected online training tools and resources to equip you with the knowledge to ensure everyone is kept safe and are ready to help people with disabilities fully participate in society.

Additionally we host a monthly Mentor Meet Up via Mighty Networks for an informal Question & Answer session.

4. Ready to Mentor

Once you have completed the process on Volaby, you are ready to go! You’ll be invited to set up a Profile on Mentorloop the platform where we facilitate the 1:1 peer mentoring activities. This process takes less than 5 minutes.

5. Measure your Impact

Your role is incredibly important and we want to make sure its a mutually valuable experience for both mentees and mentors, therefore we utilise a number of tools to track our impact, including data from Volaby, Mentorloop and engagement surveys.

Happy Mentoring!!

 

What. A. Night! ✨

Last Thursday 4 April 2024, we celebrated the launch of our new Peer Mentoring program – a program all about connecting people with disability with those with lived experience, to increase their social connections and community relationships.

We had such a fun night with plenty of games, food, drinks, and most importantly, we had the opportunity to connect and form strong bonds with those in our community 🤗

A massive thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our launch, as well as Hard Days Night ADL for the awesome venue, Peter from 7 Fold Media for capturing the night, and to our fabulous organisers and Board that made this night happen.

It means the world to us and we’re so excited for what’s to come!

Highlights from the night include;

Watch the video for a short overview of the event!

Learn more about our Peer Mentoring Program

Boosting social and community participation for people with disabilities in SA.

The Strong & Capable Cooperative are excited to announce they’ve have received funding and support from the Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund to develop a 1 on 1 peer mentoring program that connects people with disability by shared interests to help more people ‘find their fun’.

Strong & Capable are a cooperative of people with lived experience with disability that have come together to take control of their lives by navigating life with disability and the NDIS.

They strongly believe that we’re all entitled to a good life, and that we all have passions and interests that should be shared and enjoyed. By participating in peer mentoring we can address the gap for finding meaningful social and community engagement.

The funds cover the development of the program through to April 2025. With the first task to recruit a Program Coordinator. They’re looking for an enthusiastic person with lived experience with disability to support the members of our growing community to lead a life of their choosing.

The program is open to people aged over 18 years living with disability in South Australia.

If your interested in becoming a participant or a mentor or you’d like to be engaged in the planning phase, please get in contact.

More information:

Peer Mentoring Program

Program Coordinator Job Opportunity

Julia Farr M S McLeod Benevolent Fund

 

Enquiries:

Clair Crowley

Clair.crowley@strongandcapable.com.au

0477 339 948

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