The Peer Support Program

August 20, 2018

Did you know that if you need support dealing with vision loss, help and advice is only a phone call away?

The Peer Support Program is delivered by volunteer Queenslanders who are on hand to speak to anyone who needs information and support in relation to blindness or vision impairment, under the guidance of our team.

Guide Dogs Queensland Psychologist Janet said the program offers a great way to connect with others who have experienced what you’re going through.

“All our volunteers are clients who have extensive knowledge and experience with our services and the impact of vision loss,” Janet said.

“People can be matched with a volunteer when they require information or support in relation to things like a particular eye condition, mobility preferences, confidence issues or even the process of getting a Guide Dog.

“Every volunteer is able to provide a friendly listening ear, as well as helpful advice whenever it’s needed.”

Allison from Brisbane said it was a great feeling to speak to someone who could to relate to her situation because they had walked a similar path before her.

“The volunteer I spoke to was really able to relate to me on a personal, emotional, work and social level,” Allison said.

“It felt like I didn’t really have to explain anything to her because she just understood how I was feeling.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by vision loss and would benefit from being part of our Peer Support Program or receiving any of our other services, click here for more information.


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