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

Navigating Adelaide With Disabilities Amid Well-Intentioned Interventions

Explore how Adelaide’s well-meaning accessibility interventions impact individuals with disabilities. Join us as we navigate urban living, discuss technology’s role, and uncover the community’s part in fostering inclusion. A must-listen episode shedding light on the realities of navigating city life with disabilities in Adelaide.

In this important episode, we delve into the complexities of living with disabilities in Adelaide, set against the backdrop of the city’s ongoing efforts towards inclusivity. Our guests, including David Olney, Jorja Denton, and insights from Clair Crowley of the Strong & Capable Co-operative, share their lived experiences navigating well-intended urban interventions that sometimes present mixed outcomes for individuals with different disabilities. As Adelaide seeks public feedback on its new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, this conversation aims to contribute unique perspectives to the dialogue, exploring the interplay of technology, community support, and the broader societal understanding of disability.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we feature the the song “Fabulous” by Rachael Leahcar, written and produced exclusively for the No Strings Attached Theatre Of Disability.

Listen to the full podcast on The Adelaide Show website. 

 

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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