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Parent Peer Support Volunteers

The Parent Support Network is part of the Parent and Family Drug Support Line, our helpline for parents and families concerned about a loved one's  alcohol or other drug use.

Who can become a Parent Peer Volunteer with the Network?

We recruit parents and guardians with excellent listening skills, a non-judgemental attitude,  and a commitment to ongoing learning and development who've experienced their son or daughter’s  significant substance use.  Volunteers must be emotionally ready and resilient enough to listen to distressed parents calling the service, and must be willing to self-disclose personal experiences when appropriate. 

Other Requirements:

  • Access to a reliable telephone network and email account
  • Attendance at 6 weekly team meetings (unless residing outside of the metro area, or other circumstances  preventing attendance)
  • Willingness to commit to volunteering for a period of 12 months or more

We encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to apply.

What do the Parent Peer Volunteers do?

 Most volunteers work one rostered shift a week from home, speaking to parents and family members who've telephoned the helpline for support. Shifts last between 4-5 hours. They listen, share practical coping strategies and discuss options with the caller.

Some volunteers facilitate the BE SMART program, a 6 week educational program designed to meet the needs of parents  affected by their child’s alcohol or other drug use;  and others provide face to face support to parents in Perth Drug Court.

What does the training involve?

Volunteers undertake an initial two to three day training program that covers general foundational drug and alcohol information and telephone support skills. Ongoing training and development opportunities are provided.

Specific training will be given to those who wish to engage in Drug Court duties or for those who wish to facilitate support groups.

How do I apply?

If you have lived experience and want to apply, please click on the link below for further information and an application form.

Applications close on Friday 29 October 2021. Training will be undertaken on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November 2021.

Please contact the Coordinator for more information on (08) 6553 0239 or by emailing parentdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au.

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