PEER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Join our network of peer volunteers!

We regularly seek members from the CF community to join our peer program and support others in a similar situation.  

Peer support

What does a peer volunteer do?

The primary role of a peer volunteer is to listen, however they also act as a support person and offer information and share their experiences of CF. Some provide support on the phone, in person or via correspondence such as email or Skype. Others help to establish support groups for people in their local community.

Who are peer volunteers?

Peer volunteers are members of the CF community who have a direct experience and passion for CF. 
They can include:

  • Individuals with CF
  • Parents
  • Partners
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents 

Why become a peer volunteer?

Reasons why you may decide to become a peer volunteer could include:

  • Giving back to the community
  • Feeling your own struggle has had a purpose
  • Wanting to support a cause that is important to you
  • Improving the quality of life of others affected by CF
  • Developing new relationships and networks
  • Becoming part of a group with a shared interest
  • Developing new skills and techniques 

“I would recommend the training program to others. It’s a small community and the more of us that are working together, networking and knowing others in our areas, hopefully the better the organisation can work to meeting our needs” Claire

    What does the training involve?

    All peer volunteers are required to undergo initial and ongoing training. The training provides information, skills and techniques relavant to providng peer support. Training opportunities are also a great way to meet others affected by CF within the community.  Training programs are held yearly at the CFCC office in Melbourne.

    Topics covered include:Peer training

    • CFCC services 
    • Volunteer policies & procedures
    • The role of a peer volunteer
    • Communication & Difficult conversations 
    • Coping with grief, loss and change
    • Mental Health Management
    • Initiating contact and follow-up with peers
    • Self-care 

      CFCC will cover the cost of the training, including catering. Individuals living more than 1 hour from Melbourne may be eligible for support towards accommodation and petrol. 

      Am I eligible?

      Anyone wanting to become a peer volunteer must meet the following criteria:

      • Be a current member of CFCC
      • Have an immediate connection to CF (ie. parent, partner, sibling, grandparent, individual with CF)
      • Live in Victoria
      • Is 18 years or over
      • Willing to share their story
      • Be available for min of 1hr a week  

      How do I apply? 

      CFCC will not be taking any applications in 2017 for new peer volunteers. If you would like further information on the program please contact CFCC on (03) 9686 1811.