WRAD has introduced a new peer support group to help people in their recovery journey.
WARP (Warrnambool Active Recovery Peer support) was developed through the assistance of Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and WRAD. Kayleigh Walmsley-Sims (WRAD staff member) has developed a recovery group to meet the needs of the Warrnambool area. There was a need to provide support to people who have completed counselling and or a non-residential rehab and are looking for continued support for their ongoing recovery from AOD issues.
WARP is a peer support group that provides a place for people to share their stories, experiences and challenges based on shared life experiences. This also offers a place to socialise, share collective wisdom and provide a space for hope, empowerment and inspiration.
There are currently five trained peer supports who take turns leading the weekly meetings. These peers have been trained by SHARC and gain ongoing support/training and resources from the WRAD liaison.
Entrance is stringent as recovery and commitment must be the focus of the attendee.
Peer support services are designed and delivered by people who have lived experience of both substance abuse and recovery, both from an individual perspective and as an impacted family member. The intent of a Peer Support Group is to make sure support for recovery extends beyond the treatment setting and into the community where people live. Peer support combines a powerful message of hope, and a wealth of lived experience and knowledge.
Peer support groups, facilitated by trained volunteer peer leaders, provide group members with mutual support, connection and keep participants engaged in the treatment process. Peer support is an informal system in which people find an affiliation with others that have similar lived experience. This connection fosters mutual support in the process of recovery. The role of the Peer Support Group is to complement and extend the support provided in clinical AOD settings, not duplicate existing services.
What’s in it for peers?
A safe place to socialise
A place to share collective wisdom
A place to strengthen each other’s recovery, or desired change
A place to practice new skills and develop leadership capabilities
A place to rediscover personal resources and opportunities
A place to receive and give hope, inspiration and empowerment for positive change and recovery
Opportunities to establish pathways for further education and employment