Hi, my name is Leonie. I'm a support worker for people who are deafblind or have other disabilities. I'm also a volunteer in the Lake Macquarie Deaf Social Group and a Deaf Liaison Officer for Emergency Services in the Hunter Region. I'm a deaf person in a hearing family.
I can offer mentoring in:
Hi, I'm Suzy. I am a mother raising two beautiful children on my own and living with low vision. I am very active in the Aboriginal community as I am an Aboriginal woman.
I will offer my mentee:
Hi, my name is Erin. I have just moved out of home to share a house with my new housemates. I love sharing my story, learning new things and getting on with things. I was helped through a tough time by a peer mentor. It took another person with intellectual disability to help me through, someone who has walked a mile in my shoes. And look at me now.
As a mentor, I can talk with you about:
Hello, my name is Phil. Handling a late-onset disability creates a huge disturbance in your life, and in the lives of others around you. But, with some support and guidance, life can still be rich and fulfilling.
Things that I found helpful were:
I would be interested in mentoring people as they move through this tough time, help them along the path that leads to a new future, and help them to get the most out of their new life.
Hi, I'm Tania. I'm a proud Aboriginal woman from the Awabakal tribe in NSW. I'm a mother to a beautiful daughter and a wife to a doting husband. I have endured living in aged care facilities for 3 years because of lack of services for young people with disabilities and in 2014 I finally came home to my family.
As your peer mentor I can offer skills to:
Hi I am Charmaine and I am the mother of two children, my eldest is on the Autism Spectrum and an NDIS participant. The NDIS has been life changing for our family and our decision to self-manage was the result of coming along to a CDAH Planning Café back in 2014.
I can offer mentoring in:
Hi, my name is Di. I have supported people with disabilities and their families for a long time and have learnt a lot on my journey from my peers and would love to share my knowledge with you. I also know a bit about animals as my son who is autistic is an expert on this subject. In my spare time I work at my photography/printing business.
I can offer skills to:
Hi, I'm John. I can share the knowledge, experiences and ideas I have gained over the years as a personal trainer and athlete. I am the first legally blind athlete in the World to complete an Ultraman Triathlon.
Hi, my name is Jo. I have an adult daughter who loves life, her passion is horses. Spending time with the equestrian community gives her a great sense of belonging. I am passionate about people with disabilities and their families developing their own vision of a valued life, defining their own meaningful identity and a sense of belonging within their local community.
In my mentoring I can offer skills to:
I would like to offer mentoring in:
Hi there, my name is Scott. I have Cerebral Palsy and as a result have been in a wheelchair for all of my life. I am able to relate very well to others with a disability because of my life experiences. Throughout my life I have had to face many up and down periods which has enabled me to gain a unique way of looking at the world. I also currently own two businesses.
The qualities which I would be able to bring to a mentoring relationship are:
Hi, I'm Christine. I grew up profoundly deaf (since birth). I am a volunteer Auslan tutor and volunteer Deaf Liaison Officer assisting in delivering deaf awareness training to emergency services in the Hunter region.
As a mentor, I can offer skills in:
Hi, my name is Leigh. I believe that people with disability should have dreams and goals to lead an ordinary and rewarding life. I love making dreams happen and inspiring and empowering other people with disability. I have Down Syndrome which is an intellectual disability but I don’t focus on my disability, I focus on my abilities.
As a mentor, I can offer:
Hello, my name is Peter. As a parent, I was never happy with just doing what needed to be done. I am very proud of my daughter's achievements and that I had the opportunity to help in that journey. As a nurse, I have worked as a carer and supported families during hard times. As a teacher, I have a passion to help guide people as they learn and grow.
As a mentor, I can offer skills to:
Hi, my name is Nathan. I am a man living with a disability and I enjoy helping other people. I know of the struggles of being in small communities, of depression, anxiety, stigma and being a social outcast. I have managed to break through, though I still struggle at times. I am human, I make mistakes but I truly believe that I can make a positive impact on your life if you would like me to!
I am deaf but I can hear you! If you choose me as your mentor I will listen, give input, guidance and throw in humour for free.
I am looking to mentor with my skills in:
Hi, I'm Jessica. I have a long association with many people with disability and disability services. This support has enabled me to work in a mainstream environment at Big W; to get my driving licence; to live independently and to participate in State disability championships in both horse riding and in swimming.
As a CDAH mentor I’d like to help:
Hi, I'm Kerrie. I have three awesome kids. I believe in kids of all abilities being included in mainstream environments. I am passionate about kids being as confident and independent as they can be and actively participating in their community.
As a mentor I can offer:
Hello, my name’s Joseph. I’m currently in my second year of university studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws degree. I love the law and politics, especially when trying to persuade other people to understand your viewpoint.
I truly feel that people with a disability can, and do, actively and positively contribute to the community. I have a good understanding of the challenges that individuals who live with a disability face but like everyone else, not all people with a disability are the same.
I would be very interested mentoring people in:
Hi, I’m Leigh. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of Mentoring, (mostly) people on the autism spectrum , since first qualifying as a Community Mentor over twelve years ago. This experience , together with post graduate qualifications in ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), and being an ASDian Elder in the ASDian Community, has given me a rather unique insight into the ASD lifespan situation.
As a Peer Mentor, I can offer the following:
Hello my name is Tricia. I was born with four coexisting conditions that meant I would always have low vision. At present I am being challenged to embrace technology, aids and assistance to manage daily tasks. I have been a mentor for my colleagues and individuals who have wanted to develop skills and abilities I have demonstrated experience and expertise in. I have been privileged to have shared these times with some most remarkable and inspirational people. The disability community is diverse and has a wealth of skills and abilities that would enhance any community.
Through peer mentoring I would like to offer YOU an opportunity to develop:
Hi, my name is Sandra. I have one daughter, who lives in a unit by herself close to where I live. Together, we self manage her NDIS plan, so that she can live the life she wants to, just like any other young lady in her twenties.
As a mentor I would like to work together with a peer to help you to:
Hello, my name is Lynda. My parents had 6 children and four of us are deaf! Being deaf had a big impact on our education, employment and goals. As a young adult, I met other deaf people and learnt Auslan. So I am a part of two worlds – Deaf and hearing. I learnt to communicate and live in both worlds. In my work, I have supported children, young adults and adults in school, at home and in the community.
The skills I can offer are:
Hi, my name is Belinda. I like to get the most out of every day and I live life to the full. I am passionate about people with intellectual disability getting a fair go. I also am passionate about swimming. I swim competitively and I also teach young children water confidence and to learn to swim.
As a peer mentor, I can offer support in how to:
Hello, my name is Andrew. I am blind, but enjoy reading eBooks. I’m passionate about peer mentoring because I believe strongly in contributing to community; wish to acquire new skills in communicating; and open myself to understanding how others see the world.
From my own experience I can offer my mentee:
Hi, my name is Billie. I’m self-employed. I have my own disability, which is being hearing impaired. I’m studying AOD – Alcohol and Other Drugs. I enjoy meeting new people and I love to travel. I also love to learn and to achieve new things.
I will help my mentee:
In my spare time, I do modelling in photo shoots and runway fashion, in life drawing and body painting and hair and makeup modelling.
My name is Julie and I am legally blind. Due to a severe reaction to a medication, I became visually impaired. The experience of losing my sight overnight has been extremely traumatic. However, over the past four years, I have learnt many skills.
I have learnt through the Apple Store how to use VoiceOver and Siri on the iPhone. I have received instruction in the use of the white blind cane and I am about to undertake computer studies for people who are blind. I have gained these skills and experiences from the funding of the NDIS.
I can offer you:
I look forward to meeting you and sincerely hope that I can provide you with the help you need.
Hi, my name is Erika. Over 25 years of interactions with public mental health services, I have become skilled at negotiating the system to try to find better outcomes and to challenge injustices.
As a mentor, I can offer skills to:
G’day, I’m Jono. Growing up with a brother with disability since his battle with cancer has helped me to become very capable at juggling a lot of the stress of study, jobs and social life with it.
As a mentor I am extremely flexible and understanding. Specifically, I believe that my best support would come in areas such as:
Hello, I’m Josh. I have a disability myself and do not let it get in the way of what I want to achieve. I have obtained my Driver’s License and can drive. I have Cerebral Palsy, therefore movement and mobility are an issue but I push my boundaries all the time and set myself short and long term goals to achieve.
I have experience in many different things. I have worked as a receptionist, cleaner, stock take assistant and I have volunteered for a local disability service provider for some work experience.
I can offer:
Hi, my name is Caroline. I have two daughters who are in high school – one has a passion for the Paralympic sport of boccia; the other is passionate about acting. I have supported people with disability and their families for a long time and know there is always more than one pathway to reach a goal.
In my mentoring I can offer skills to:
Hi, I'm Cath. I self-manage my NDIS package and I am committed to people with disability taking up options like this which give us greater choice and control. I am blind and believe in sharing my experiences as a person with disability in order to show that what we have in common is much greater than our differences.
I would be interested mentoring people in:
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.
OUR CHOICE OUR VOICE: Talking About The NDIS