A PATH TO FOLLOW
Youth Peer Support
Youth Peer Support in Melbourne
Support for young people by peers with living/lived experience in managing and/or supporting loved ones with mental health challenges. The Youth Peer Support Program is an initiative based on the principles of early intervention for young people (from grade 5) beginning to experience life challenges.
Our youth peer support youth, offers:
- Peer support with adult peers who have living/lived experience in managing life challenges.
- Individual partnerships that are personalised, flexible and directed by the consumer peer’s needs.
- Maintained connection to the community by participating in peer supported activities
Youth Peer Support Journey
Referrals to A Path to Follow's Youth Peer Support Program can come from multiple sources, including the young person themselves, parents/caregivers, schools and other service providers.
Upon receiving a referral, our team initiates an initial phone consultation with the referring party to gather relevant information and better understand the young person's needs and circumstances.
This consultation serves as an opportunity to determine if our program is the most appropriate fit, ensuring that the young person receives the most suitable support.
A Path to Follow conducts an in-depth initial consultation to gain comprehensive insights into the young person's challenges, support needs and preferences. Who attends this initial consultation depends on the age and preferences of the young person.
This consultation allows us to gather important background information, identify potential concerns, and ensure a holistic understanding of the young person's needs.
Our compassionate team members provide a supportive space for open and honest conversation, addressing any questions or concerns raised by the parent/carer/referrer and outlines next steps in the potential peer partnership.
Meet and Greet
Drawing upon the information gathered during the initial consultation, we carefully assess and determine the most suitable Youth Workforce Peer. We consider factors such as the Workforce Peer's lived experience, background, and shared interests to ensure a meaningful and relatable connection. By matching with a compatible Workforce Peer, we aim to foster a supportive and empowering relationship that promotes the young person’s growth and well-being.
Once we have selected your Youth Workforce Peer, we will facilitate a meet and greet session involving the young person and their chosen supporters, the Youth Workforce Peer, and a member of our leadership team. This introductory meeting allows all parties to get acquainted, build rapport, and establish a foundation of trust and open communication. A representative from A Path to Follow will be present to provide guidance, address any questions or concerns, and ensure a smooth transition into the program. If this meet and greet determines the fit isn’t compatible, for either the Young Person or the Youth Workforce Peer, we work with you to match with someone else.
With the initial introductions complete, the young person begins participating in community catch ups tailored to their preferences and interests.
A Path to Follow actively involves the young person in selecting activities they want to engage in, promoting a sense of autonomy, empowerment, and ownership over their journey.
These activities may include art therapy, sports, outdoor adventures, mindfulness exercises, or any other pursuits that resonate with the young person's aspirations and well-being.
Youth Peer Support Program Testimonials
Our Peer Support Workforce
YOUTH PEER WORKER – 15KM of Chelsea
Kyle comes to APTF with professional experience as a Youth Worker and lived experience of social anxiety and growing up with toxic masculinity.
YOUTH PEER WORKER
Alan comes to our service as Australia’s first ambassador for the Burnt Out Chef, an English initiative for the hospitality industry.
Alan is keen to share his life experiences with all young people, especially those in or looking to join the hospitality field.
YOUTH PEER WORKER – 10KM OF CHELSEA
Sidney brings lived experiences in managing complex mental ill health challenges in her early life. Sidney has used dance as an effective strategy in helping her with live with her emotional challenges.
YOUTH PEER WORKER – Mt waverley
This is Sarah and she brings living/lived experience in ADHD to her role at APTF.
YOUTH PEER WORKER – Clyde/cardinia
Sushi hopes by becoming a peer support worker, she can become that vital support system for a young person so that they are always reminded that they are never alone during their journey but most importantly, that they feel safe and noticed.
YOUTH PEER WORKER – 25KM of st kilda
Nick is our most recent Peer Support Worker who is really keen to get started.