Weavers, Support along the caring journey

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A new and proven model of 1:1 peer support.
Ready to run in your organisation.

Personalised support for carers from experienced carers

Weavers support family and informal carers by connecting them with a volunteer ‘Weaver’, they are experienced and trained former carers that can walk alongside them on the caring journey. Weavers help carers…

Navigate and negotiate the service maze
Stay connected and involve others
Work through emotional challenges
Sustain things for themselves

Designed by carers for carers.
Built on theory.

Weavers was designed and trialled with carers in South Australia and is winner of an Australian International Design Award.

The program is informed and shaped by three theories:

  • Ambiguous Loss
  • 3-A Grief Intervention
  • Narrative Practice

Evaluation shows change for carers, care recipients & volunteers

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Outcomes for Carers

  • Decreased depression
  • Increased self-efficacy in carer role
  • Increased assertiveness about own needs

Outcomes for people being cared for

  • More attentive caring by the carer
  • Improved access and use of services

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Outcomes for Weavers volunteers

  • Increased sense of purpose
  • Training and professional development

Benefits for service providers

Low cost
Customer centred
Aligned to CDC and NDIS
Effective and sustainable use of volunteers

How to get involved