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Eating Disorder Carer Peer Mentor

Eating Disorders Qld
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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 2024.

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 and Yellow 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 in July (date tbc). • Meet & Greet: Event at beginning of program, 2 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8.30pm – in-person or online, in August (date tbc). • Mid-Point Catchup: Event in middle of program, 1.5 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8pm - in-person or online, in October (date tbc). • Final Celebration: Event at end of program, 1.5 hrs, usually in the evening 6.30pm-8.30pm - in-person or online, in December (date tbc). • The commitment for mentoring is up to 2hrs/fortnight. Mentoring sessions are on a day and time mutually agreed 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.