Online Peer Supporter Training

Who is My Life My Voice? 

My Life My Voice offers meaningful support, information and connections that assist disabled people and their whānau to plan for, and have their good life. We are disabled-led and governed and are committed to building the mana and capability of disabled people. 

Why Peer Support? 

We have been told many times by disabled people that the best advice they have ever had comes from talking with another disabled person.  We have taken that feedback and established a new Peer Support Network programme where a disabled person can connect with another disabled person, and talk about issues they have both experienced. 

This free training will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a Peer Supporter. The role is voluntary and assists others to reach their goals, share experiences and give good information and support. 

Who is the training for? 

This training is for disabled people, tangata whaikaha Māori or people with an impairment who want to learn how to support other disabled people.

Where is the training? 

The training will be held online using Zoom. You will need a stable internet connection and a device that can turn on both the camera and microphone. A laptop, PC or tablet will give you the best experience. We are happy to answer questions or do a trial with you if you want to practice before the training days. 

When is the training? 

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for our Peer Supporter Training in late October. This training is delivered in modules where you complete the 5 modules on different dates.

Please note - We need a minimum of 10 registrations before we deliver training. If our maximum number of 15 are reached before the closing dates, we will offer you a place on the wait list and/or pre-registration at future Peer Supporter Training.

Dates for 5 separate online modules - October

You can complete the 5 modules separately. It is better to do the 5 modules within the same month but if the dates don't suit you, just register for the ones that do. You can complete the remaining modules in November. We will post November dates 1 month before the training begins.

Here are the 5 modules and the dates being offered in October. Registrations for October close on Tuesday 11 October.

  • Module 1: What is peer support? Wednesday 19 October. 10am - 1pm
  • Module 2: Identity and connection. Thursday 20 October. 10am - 1pm
  • Module 3: Communication and peer support. Tuesday 25 October. 10am - 1pm
  • Module 4: Disability in Aotearoa and models of wellness. Wednesday 26 October. 10am - 1pm
  • Module 5: Guidance for Peer Supporters. Friday 28 October. 10am - 1pm

You can read more about the training content further below.

What support will be provided? 

Please let us know about any learning supports and access requirements that you have, so that we can support you to get the best out of this training series. NZSL interpreters will be provided if requested. 

We are committed to meeting your requirements to ensure your full inclusion and participation in this training. 

What will we do in the training? 

Our training will be led by disabled people who are experienced facilitators. We will have conversations, play videos and do practical activities together.

Module training option

Below is information about each module.

In module 1: What is peer support?, we begin with whakawhanaungatanga which means relationship building. We introduce you to the My Life My Voice organisation. You will learn about what peer support is, and what the values of peer support are.

In module 2: Identity and connection, we focus on tangata whenua (which refers to Māori), peer support and how the two relate. We look at the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how it can help us become better peer supporters. We explore the 3 treaty principles of partnership, protection and participation and the 2 pou of Turangawaewae (meaning who we are and where we belong) and tino rangatiratanga (meaning self-determination). Pou are supporting posts or pillars.

In module 3: Communication and peer support, we learn about communication skills, especially listening skills. We practice these skills together.

In module 4: Disability in Aotearoa and models of wellness, we focus on disability in our country. We touch on international agreements and how our government plans to meet its commitments to us as disabled citizens. We look at models of wellness, such as Te Whare Tapa Whā and Fonofale. We learn the importance of taking care of ourselves, so we have space and energy to give support to others.

In module 5: Guidance for Peer Supporters, we discuss privacy, boundaries, and ethics and how My Life My Voice supports our Peer Supporters. We answer questions you may have and discuss the process of becoming a volunteer peer supporter with My Life My Voice.

What happens after the training?  

At the end of all 5 modules, you will receive a certificate of participation. Once you have done all 5 modules and if you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Peer Supporter, we are happy to talk with you more about it. 

How do I register? 

We have a minimum of 10 registrations before we deliver training. Maximum numbers are 15 people.

Registrations for the 5 modules close on Tuesday 11 October.

There are 4 ways to register. Please choose the option that works for you from the list below: 

  • Complete the online registration form on this page.
  • Email us at info@mylifemyvoice.org.nz and tell us the dates you want to attend. We will contact you for more information.
  • Phone us on 0800 896 004, and we can complete the registration form as we talk. 
  • Text us on 0800 896 004. Text us your name and the dates you want to attend training. Also tell us the best way for us to contact you, and we’ll get in touch. 

After you send the registration form, please check your email (including your spam or junk mail), as we will send an acknowledgement email within 5 working days. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday.

If you have any questions or would like further information or assistance, please phone, text or email your questions to us.