Get to know someone with a game of ‘What do we have in common’

Icebreaker games are great for helping you get to know new people.

They’re fun activities that make it easier to talk to strangers.

These games make it less awkward to start conversations with people you don’t know. By doing these activities, everyone feels more comfortable and open.

Icebreakers also help you find things you have in common with others, which leads to interesting conversations. These games are especially good in groups because they create a sense of connection.

Overall, icebreaker games are like a friendly starting point that makes it easier for strangers to connect and become friends.

At our end of year celebration on 13 December we tried out the game to help our community get to know each other better, it was a hit!

Download the questions: what do we have in common?

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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

Community Market Excursion

Leanne, Strong & Capable member & chair of the board.

 

Our Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator, Clair caught up with Leanne to learn how she found the experience. Here’s what Leanne had to say:

 

Clair: How were you feeling about participating in the Peer Mentoring activity?

Leanne: I was really looking forward to getting out and about and joining the rest of the world – I’ve been in a bit of a rut. A bit nervous about meeting someone new, but feeling quite happy that we were going to do something that we BOTH wanted to do. 

Clair: How long had it been since you had visited a community market & what had been stopping you from going?

Leanne: I didn’t realise I had stopped going to things like the market. It’s not as much fun on your own, and almost felt like a task without the company of someone else who wanted to be there.

Clair: How did you feel while you were participating in the activity?

Leanne: It had been a while since I had been to something like this – so I felt a bit awkward. It was great to have the distraction of someone to turn to and talk about the things for sale, and someone to point out things I hadn’t noticed. I didn’t feel quite so conspicuous, or like I was standing out – as you can when you are on your own. I felt more confident and it was so good to join the community.

Clair: Do you feel like this is something you want to do again, has it inspired you to find a regular way to build this activity into your routine or even try something new?

Leanne: I love the idea of trying new things as a bit of an experiment. I have realised that I need to schedule more fun into my life!

It’s not part of my routine yet, but has reminded me how good it is to get out and explore and interrupt the cycle of staying home (it’s a trap!)

Clair: Anything else you’d like to add?

Leanne: I’m really glad that I gave it a go, and I felt great afterwards. It gave me the chance to join in conversations about what we did over the weekend. Usually I don’t have much to add.

The planning ahead part was a positive experience too, something to look forward to.

 

Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator Comment

If you or someone you know might be interested in participating in the Peer Mentoring Program, don’t hesitate to reach out.

In the journey of personal development, finding the right support system can be the key to unlocking your full potential. One powerful way to achieve personal growth is through participating in a peer mentoring program. These programs offer a blend of guidance, friendship, and shared experiences that can lead to positive changes in your life. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the benefits of participating in a mentoring program.

  1. New outlook

One of the main reasons to participate in peer mentoring is the opportunity to gain a new outlook. When you connect with peers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, you open yourself up to a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that you might not encounter otherwise. This new outlook can help you see the world in new ways, supporting personal growth and improving your problem-solving skills.

2. Responsibility and Goal Setting

In a peer mentoring program, you can set goals and work towards them with the support and encouragement of your peers. This built-in accountability can be a powerful motivator to help you stay on track and achieve your personal and professional objectives. Knowing that others are counting on you can boost your commitment and determination.

3. Constructive Input

Constructive input is essential for personal development, but it can sometimes be difficult to obtain from friends and family who may be too close to the you. In a peer mentoring program, you can expect honest feedback from your peers. They can provide you with valuable insights, helping you identify areas for improvement and the path to achieve this.

4. Skill Development

Whether you’re looking to make new connections, improve your communication abilities, or learn new skills, a peer mentoring program can be a useful tool. Peers can share their knowledge and expertise, offer guidance, and even provide hands-on training. The opportunity to be exposed to different skill sets will support your personal and professional growth.

5. Emotional Support

Personal development isn’t just about gaining new skills; it’s also about emotional well-being. Peer mentoring programs offer a safe and supportive environment where you can share your challenges, fears, and successes. This emotional support can help reduce stress, boost self-confidence, and provide a sense of belonging.

6. Grow your community

Participating in a peer mentoring program can also expand your social network. The connections you make within the program can lead to new experiences and friendships. Engaging with others is an essential part of personal development, as it opens doors to new experiences and possibilities.

Participating in a peer mentoring program can be a life-changing experience. The benefits, ranging from new perspectives and accountability to constructive input and emotional support, make these programs invaluable tools for personal development. If you’re looking to enhance your personal and professional growth, consider joining a peer mentoring program. You’ll not only grow as an individual but also contribute to the growth of your peers, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and support.

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