Why peer connection?
experience and research has informed us that carers are more likely to be socially isolated and experience declining social networks as a result of their caring role. Even when carers are able to maintain significant social and familial networks, they can still feel disconnected from friends and family members who do not have a personal experience of caring, and who are unlikely to be able to provide the explicit advice and support that a peer with lived experience would be able to provide.
Carer peer support programs provide spaces for carers to express themselves with confidence that they will be understood and accepted by other carers with similar lived experience. Carers within groups often exchange tips and advice on how to deal with varying situations including sharing knowledge of local services. Carer support groups can be a valuable source of information to people new to the caring role as well as to individuals who have been caring for an extended period of time.