Self-advocacy is the ability to not only make informed choices about what matters to you but to also challenge decisions that may impact negatively on your quality of life. Through the disability advocacy process, advocates demonstrate skills and strategies that empower you to stand up for your rights. At all times people who seek support are encouraged to speak out knowing they have the support of the advocate beside them.
From time-to-time Kin conducts self-advocacy training for people with lived experience of disability from ethno-culturally diverse communities. Participants are provided with information about and encouraged to join peer support groups of like-minded people.
Kin provides culturally safe space for peer support groups to meet. The peer support groups provide social support to people with lived experience of disability from ethno-culturally diverse communities. Participants learn from each other’s lived experience and share relevant information of benefit to everyone. Two peer support groups meet regularly at Kin main office in Osborne Park. The benefit of meeting at Kin is there is always staff available to provide up-to-date information on changes in government policies and systems that members need to navigate. Guest speakers are also invited from time to time to talk on topics relevant to the groups.
Kin also supports an on-line peer support group. This is an opportunity for those who choose not to meet face-to-face. There is capability to communicate in-language using the on-line tools available. The online forum is a closed group. There is an application process for those wishing to join the on-line forum. This forum is facilitated and monitored by the communications officer.
You can contact Shar at the Kin office on [email protected] or call (08) 9388 7455 if you would like further information about these groups or would like to set up an ethnoculturally diverse peer support group
There are a number of peer support groups established across Western Australia and supported by a range of agencies in the disability sector. For further information about these groups please check our directory here.