Weavers Program (Carer Mentor Program)
About the Weavers Program
Ipswich City Council are currently establishing a new program for carers in Ipswich.
The Weavers Program will provide personalised peer support for carers from experienced carers; it was designed and built on the concept that carers are the experts in this area. The Weavers Program supports carers by linking them with a volunteer Weaver/mentor. They are experienced and trained former carers that can walk alongside them on the caring journey and ensure they stay connected with life, family and community.
Weavers can be delivered by a 1-on-1 peer support model or in a group setting which addresses the significant challenges of caring for a loved one, the focus areas where peer support is provided are:
- Navigating and negotiating the service maze
- Staying connected and involving others
- Working through emotional challenges
- Sustaining things for yourself
Current activities and events happening in the Weaver Program:
Learning Lunches – Monthly lunches (last Thursday of the month) for mentors, carers and service providers to share a lunch together and hear from an expert on a topic that impacts carers.
Weaving Connections - A monthly afternoon tea (last Saturday of the month)
For Weaver/Mentors to connect and work through activities aimed at supporting mentors and providing activities they can utilise in their peer role.
Peer to peer mentoring - In early 2020 mentors and carers will start to meet for fortnightly coffee catch ups. If you would like to attend our February 4th mentor training, please click on the link below.
Do you want to become a volunteer Weaver/Mentor?
Ipswich City Council Weavers Program is seeking volunteers with previous caring experience:
- Do you have a previous experience of caring for a loved one?
- Are you interested in being a mentor and helping people in Ipswich along the caring journey?
- Do you have time to meet up with a carer fortnightly and provide peer support
- Weaver/Mentor induction training and monthly options for training and support provided by Ipswich City Council
- Your knowledge and experience could help others!
If you would like to use your experience as a previous carer to help others we would love to hear from you.
Please click here to register your interest.
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Ipswich City Council engages volunteers for the purpose of supplementing and extending the services, performances and activities offered by Council.
Volunteers are able to contribute many unique talents, skills and knowledge to provide additional and personalised service to clients.
Volunteers are not seen as replacing Council staff, but rather as providing an opportunity for the Council to expand and enhance the current level of service we provide to the community.