Grantees teaming up!
Team Up grant recipients recently came together for an ‘induction day’ to learn about managing their grant, to network, and to share ideas.
“There was so much energy in the room,” said Sharon Holz, who received a grant for the Essential Employment peer support group. “It was alive! People were so enthusiastic about the whole concept!”
Sharon runs a peer group that talks about employment issues for people with disability, and helps prepare them for entering the workforce.
“Employment for people with disability is a passion of mine, and it’s come a long way. Things are improving, but there’s still a lot of stigma,” she said.
“I’m really excited to kick things along and build the group’s confidence and skill level. I want them to know that they are able, and just as good as anybody else.”
Sharon’s group is just one of 27 new and existing disability peer groups that Team Up is supporting with grants of between $1000 and $10,000.
Who are the Team Up peer groups?
Team Up peer groups are spread across NSW, from the southern border town of Albury-Wodonga all the way up to Ballina in Northern NSW.
The majority of groups are run by people with disability for people with disability, with some groups for carers and family members too.
Peer support is the common factor in all these groups. The idea of peer support is to create a safe space for people to come together, give advice and share experiences.
Some of the groups are exploring art and creative mediums as ways to encourage self-expression, while some focus on expanding business and employment opportunities for people with disability.
Inclusion is also an important focus of the Team Up peer groups, with one group in Wagga Wagga educating local businesses on how to be more accessible to people with disability.
To see a full list of grantees, go to our Team Up page.
Find out more
See our peer support resources to find out more about peer support.