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Group of peers in wheelchairs at the Peer Power Conference

“I’m home!” Peer power for wheelchair users in Sydney

07 March 2018

“When I rolled in and saw everyone in wheelchairs, I just thought, oh my god I’m home” – Nina Crumpton speaking at the Peer Power conference in Sydney. Nina was just one of a group of people with physical disability who came together to explore peer support at ‘Peer Power’, a conference held last weekend in western Sydney. The two day Peer Power conference was run by the Blacktown Peer Support Group and was aimed at people who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Judging by the response of those who attended, the conference was a great success.

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Speak Up Hunter group getting into the groove as rap artists

“Get out of the way, this is my world!”

05 March 2018

Speak Up Hunter is a group of people with intellectual disability who are using their voice to stand up for their rights. Not only are they advocating for the rights of their peers with disability, they are doing it through song. Country rap no less! The group is in the process of writing the lyrics for the song but they have already come up with a hard hitting chorus.

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Group of Team Up grantees at induction day

Grantees teaming up!

09 February 2018

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!”

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Facilitators Carolyn Campbell-McLean and Sharon Holz with their group of peers at the first Team Up training in Surry Hills.

A comfortable space for peers to learn and grow

02 February 2018

“It was a really comfortable space for peers and it was so exciting to meet these leaders in their own communities,” says Carolyn Campbell-McLean about the first Team Up disability peer group training.

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