We have made the decision to place our Peer Education program into recess at the end of June 2023 while we look at sustainable funding sources. As we prepare our Budget Priorities Statement for 24-25, we will again be asking the Government to commit funding for education and training as a valuable source of engagement and awareness raising of important issues to the Tasmanian community.
Interest in our Peer Education sessions has steadily increased over the years, however with no core funding currently available to engage and train more peer volunteers to meet this need.
We acknowledge the dedication, energy and skills of the long-term volunteers of our Peer Education program.
About Peer Education
COTA Tasmania’s Peer Education service provides a range of informative and interactive sessions to groups across Tasmania covering a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting people over 50.
At COTA Tasmania we have been developing programs which serve to develop important networks, connect people to services, or to gather or convey information. One way we do this is through our peer education programs which are delivered in a relaxed and informal learning environment by volunteer peer educators who promote discussion and group interaction as part of their presentation.
Peer Education programs are highly successful as educators are able to identify with their audience creating an atmosphere where participants feel comfortable and open to exchanging information.
COTA Tas provides volunteer speakers, drawn from people with a similar age and background to the audience, to a variety of community based organisations and social groups. The program supports the belief that “experts” are not the only people who can share knowledge and discuss ideas.
About the Sessions
- Sessions are free of charge
- Sessions are run by fully trained volunteer Peer Educators
- Sessions are available throughout Tasmania
- Sessions have a practical focus including discussion of simple strategies to deal with the issues raised
- Sessions are designed to be interactive – attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences
Our current modules are:
- Protecting Yourself from Elder Abuse
- Home Fire Safety
- Eat to Cheat Ageing
- Protecting Your Finances from Elder Abuse
Express your interest
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Educator or booking an information session?
If so, please contact COTA Tasmania on 03 6231 3265 or email email@example.com