Carer Peer Support

Below is a collection of Australian and International peer support resources which cover group dynamics, managing communication and conflict, group membership and tips on running successful support group meetings. 
Australian Resources 
Department of Human Services: Peer Support A guide to how people with a disability and carers can help each other to make the most of their disability supports A guide to how people with a disability and carers can help each other to make the most of their disability supports. Open
Australian Government: Cancer support groups: A guide for peer facilitators A resource developed to ensure support networks are accessible, well coordinated and sustainable. Open
Peer Connect : The website is part of a project called the Disability Support Organisation (DSO) Capacity Building Project.  The website has information about Peer Support Networks, having choice and control in your life, planning and decision making the NDIS. Open
Peer Connect: Peer support networks: Recruiting additional members to keep the network fresh This Quick Guide will help you think about how to recruit additional members when this happens in your network. Open
Queensland with Disability : Ready to Go NDIS Peer Leaders  Ready to go is QDN’s project supporting Queenslanders with intellectual or learning disability to get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Open
SHARC: Acknowledging the place of peer support in AOD treatment A presentations with links and reflections on the value of peer support  Open
SHARC: Peer Support in the Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) sector  A guide to setting up a peer support group  Open
SHARC: The Peer Model Manual - Consumer Participation in Action A manual which covers the overview of a peer support group including orientation, phases of recovery, advocacy and self care.  Open
Carers Victoria: The Lulus model: A peer support pilot program for young carers  This model outlines an eight week peer support program developed by the Respite Connections young carer team for secondary school age carers in the Melbourne's Western suburbs. Open
Carers NSW: Setting up a Carer Peer Support Group  An information resource on terms of reference, insurance, guest speakers, accidental counselling, publicity and sponsorship. Open
Carers Western Australia: Carer Peer Volunteer Training Workbook
Carers WA was funded by the Department of Social Services to develop a Carer Peer Volunteer service delivery model and training package. Open
Mind Australia: The Centre of Excellence in Peer Support An online resource centre for mental health peer support. Open
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW: Best Practice Guidelines for Dementia Carer Support Group Leaders   A guide to enhance the experience of leaders running a dementia carer support group. Open
Funding Centre - an enterprise of : Writing a grant application There are questions that you’ll be asked pretty much every time you write a grant application. Get good at answering those questions and you’ll get more successful at grantseeking. Open
Regional Development Australia - Fundamentals of Grant Writing  Grant writing tips, grant writing presentation, grant writing data and sources, grant writing assessment criteria help sheet  Open
Pro Bono Australia - Top 10 Tips For Grant Writing Attention to detail is the key to drumming up financial support for a Not for Profit project, according WA grants consultant Tammy King who offers her top ten tips for grant writing Open



International Resources

Connect Groups Supporting Groups and Individuals 

Self Help and Support Group Development Resources including how to attract and retain new members, managing conflict, ensuring successful meetings and keeping financial records.   Open

2015 Pan-Canadian Peer Leadership Network Symposium 

Great links on alliances, network and best practice for peer support.  Open
The Men's Project Ottawa: Peer Support Guidebook  Tools for creating and maintaining safe and successful peer-led groups for adults with histories of sexual abuse  Open
Addictions and Mental Health, Ontario: Best Practices in Peer Support 2014 Final Report  A report that looks at the principles of peer support with recommendations for quality outcomes for peer support groups.  Open
Culture at Work: Bruce Tuckman's Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing  A team development model which looks at phases that groups of people tend to go through as they come together and work together.  Open
City of Philadelphia: Peer Support Toolkit   This toolkit is designed to support behavioral health treatment agencies with the process of integrating peer providers into their service settings. Open
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Support Group Leader Guide Written by support group leaders, this guide provides an overview of support group basics, meeting fundamentals, and potential meeting topics. Open
Carers Trust Professionals Running a peer support group for young carers. Open


Carers Victoria Peer Support 


Carers Victoria also offer peer support for carer support groups. Carers Victoria also invites you to join its carer peer support collective. The goal is to link anyone connected to carer peer support into online options for connecting and face to face events to meet link minded people in your local area. To start sharing information on carer peer support, ask a question, and connect, please join the Facebook link below: 

To find out more contact Peer Support at Carers Victoria (03) 9396 9592 or


Carers Victoria Peer Possibilities report : Carers Victoria ran four forums in rural and metro areas of Victoria during June of 2018. The forums targeted peer networks in local areas and connected them with government services such as Local Area Coordinators, NDIS, Department of Health and Human Services and local Council. This capacity building enabled peer leaders to establish connections with stakeholders in their communities, raising their awareness of the opportunities to develop innovative solutions to problems faced by the members of their peer groups.