Eating Disorder Carer Peer MentorEating Disorders Qld
Eating Disorder Queensland (EDQ)’s Carer Peer Mentor Program connects and matches individuals who are currently supporting a loved one in their recovery from an eating disorder with a “carer peer mentor / companion” for a time-limited period. We recognise the value of carers’ lived experience and the knowledge and wisdom gained through their own caring role.
If you have supported a loved one through their eating disorder recovery, and would now like to provide hope, encouragement, support, and a friendly ear for another carer, drawing upon your own lived experiences, then please contact us for more information!
We will match you with a carer who is currently supporting a loved one, to connect with for a limited period of time. The next round of the Carer Peer Mentor Program will run from July to December 2022.
Eligibility No formal training or qualifications are required. Eligibility includes: 18yrs+ Have supported a loved one with an eating disorder (of any age) Loved one is at a stage of recovery where the carer feels they can balance the support required for the loved one with their commitment to the mentor program (ideally a minimum of 12 months in stable recovery) Currently hold or be eligible for a Volunteer Blue Card Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 Be assessed as suitable for the program Responsive to the boundaries and requirements of the program Have the capacity to make a commitment to a mentoring relationship (July to December). Attend all events within the program
The commitment for the program from initial training to final celebration is for a 5-month period (July - December) is as follows: • Mentor Intake meeting: 1 hour at start of program in July. • Mentor Training: Training for new Mentors on a Saturday. This round: Sat 30th July, 9am – 3pm - in person. • Meet & Greet: Event at beginning of program, 2 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8.30pm – in-person or online. This round: Wed 3rd August. • Mid-Point Catchup: Event in middle of program, 1.5 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8pm - in-person or online. This round: To be confirmed. • Final Celebration: Event at end of program, 1.5 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8.30pm - in-person or online. This round: To be confirmed. • The commitment for mentoring is up to 2hrs/fortnight. Mentoring sessions are on a day and time mutually agreed upon by the Mentor and the Mentee and can be in person or over the phone. • Fortnightly/monthly check-in with the Coordinator. • Maintaining confidential records.