Introducing the Peer Work Champions Community of Practice
November 1, 2017
On Thursday 19th October to coincide with Global Peer Supporters’ Day, CoMHWA and WA Peer Supporters’ Network co-hosted a planning meeting to design a Peer Work Champions’ Community of Practice (‘the Community of Practice’).
Seventeen people contributed at the planning meeting, representing 13 different agencies and organisations. While there was much to discuss within a short time, the goals that people wanted to achieve through and key activities of a CoP were explored. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of the meeting summary.
The Community of Practice aims to complement- not duplicate- the WA Peer Supporters’ Network Meetings, which will continue in 2018. Since 2014, the WA Peer Supporters’ Network meetings have provide a space for those in peer support roles to advance knowledge, skills, support and connections.
The new Community of Practice responds to a need for greater guidance and support for managers and others involved in growing and sustaining a peer workforce.
The new Peer Work Champions Community of Practice will assist those who are involved in developing the peer workforce at an agency or interagency level – such as peer work coordinators, managers, researchers and educators- to meet, share knowledge and strengthen capabilities in peer workforce management and development.
A further update will be sent out in the coming weeks with details of the next meeting to finalise the Terms of Reference for the Community of Practice.
If you are involved in developing the peer workforce and would like to attend in future, please feel free to contact Rhianwen, Convenor, WA Peer Supporters’ Network on (08) 9258 8911 or firstname.lastname@example.org