In our daily work we meet many people who have just lost an eye. To ease the isolation these people feel, we may introduce them to someone the same age who has also been through that experience.
This buddy system has been operating in an informal way for some years. One day a young Dad told us he had met with another family. He said he knew what they were going through but he was still unsure what to say.
This gave us the idea to seek out some training for clients who wished to volunteer as buddies for people who are new to the experience of eye loss.
If you have lost an eye, or supported a child through the experience you may be interested in learning how to best support someone else who is going through the same thing.
We were pleased to discover that a specialist in peer support training was based here in Perth. To our delight he has volunteered his services to enable people to attend at no cost.
Michael Tunnecliffe, a Clinical Psychologist, will deliver Peer Support Training Saturday, 18 October at the seminar room, Warehouse Cafe, Onslow Road, Shenton Park. Morning and afternoon tea as well as a light lunch will also be provided.
A limited number of approved participants may attend. More information and an enrolment form see the Peer Support page.