The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) has been awarded the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards: Treatment and Support Award for its Peer Workforce Development program.

The prestigious awards, which were this year hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the incredible people and organisations doing exceptional work to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms in Australia.

SHARC established Peer Projects in 2014 to provide a focused effort to develop the Peer Workforce in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector. Peer Projects is working to actively build a community that supports the recognition and growth of Peer Work, working collaboratively with key stakeholders to define, support and advocate for the Peer Work discipline.

At Peer Projects, we believe in the value of lived experience, one person helping another, at all levels of the service system. We not only deliver services and programs but work to influence and support social change across the sector. Winning this award is a wonderful recognition of our efforts and of the value of lived experience.