Hi, I’m Jessica and I’ve recently completed a training course to become a peer mentor with CDAH.
I’ve been receiving support through the NDIS since it began and have a strong connection with both House With No Steps and New Lake Peer Support.
As a CDAH mentor I’d like to help teenagers and young adults who are having issues in finding support, activities and friendships.
I have a long association with disability support services having attended a disability unit at school, then with Castle Personnel’s transition to work program, and now with the NDIA with support provided by both HWNS and New Lake Peer Support.
This support has enabled me to work in a mainstream environment at Big W, to get my driving licence and to live independently. This support has also allowed me to participate in State disability championships in both horse riding and in swimming.
My main sporting activity is dressage horse riding with Riding for the Disabled at Raymond Terrace. I also like swimming, going to exercise classes and have recently started to learn to knit. But probably my favourite thing is dancing with Encore which is run by New Lake Peer Support. Another favourite thing is going to live shows and concerts and going on holidays to other cities and even other countries.
I have many friends in the disabled community and like to socialise with them in my free time. Where I can, I also like to help them achieve things they find difficult doing by themselves.
With all this experience I think I could help out others trying to achieve similar goals.
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.