SHARC have supported the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) to increase the number of peer workers delivering support services to clients in the western region of Victoria.

One of WRADs peer workers, June Williams, appeared in Warrnambool’s The Standard on September 14. ‘Twenty years after she retired, Ms Williams has returned to work part-time as WRAD’s family reunification peer support worker….’ Ms Williams told The Standard that her lived experience has enabled her provide peer support for parents or carer of children who have been taken away.

SHARCs Peer Projects have worked with June over the year providing training, supervision, support and ongoing development opportunities. She is quoted in the article advocating for the peer work discipline, “I’m a former nurse but I’m not a clinician, it’s a social model and I’m a peer support worker.”

‘At 80 most people are relishing their retirement, but Warrnambool’s June Williams is bucking the trend.’ June proves you’re never too old to use your lived experience, Peer Projects are honoured to be part of June’s journey.

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