Please tell us your story
Friday, 25 June 2021
Calling all diabetes peer support groups in Queensland! We want to hear your story.
There are about 30 active peer support groups in Queensland, focusing specifically on diabetes.
How did your group form?
We’d love to hear your story: How you formed your group, how you provide support, what needs you’re meeting, the benefits people get from your group, and where you see your group headed in the future.
We’re hoping to publish your story in the next peer support e-newsletter. Knowing about other people’s journey can often inspire and inform our own.
If you’d like to share your history and purpose, please email us at SupportGroups@diabetesqld.org.au.
Different circumstances call for different groups
We know there are many types of peer support programs worldwide which meet different needs in different circumstances.
The international organisation Peers for Progress showcase these examples. Peers for Progress developed out of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Peer Support Programmes in Diabetes.
One example of how peer support can meet different needs in different circumstances was showcased in the African nation of Uganda.
In this peer support project, 19 peer champions partnered with 27 peer partners.
Support improved members’ HbA1c
They attended a one-day training program on diabetes self-care. Peers for Progress deliberately implemented the program in a poor area where many people couldn’t afford modern conveniences, which we in the West often take for granted.
Through the program, all participants were provided with a prepaid mobile phone in a closed network to keep in touch.
Through being connected, the support network directly contributed to positive changes in participants’ dietary behaviours, HbA1c results (two- or three-monthly blood glucose averages) and blood pressure.
Talents of individuals
Through their Live, Learn and Share Community Project the Black Creek Community Health Centre in Toronto, Canada, used a strengths-based approach to support those in their community living with diabetes.
They focused on the talents of individuals in the community to develop a culturally relevant guide for developing diabetes support groups and trained members of the community to be peer support group facilitators.
The Black Creek community has a significant population of black Caribbean members. They identified and trained 16 peer support group facilitators from this ethnic background. They also successfully created their guide book (which you can see by clicking here).
You can read more stories about peer support groups around the world at Peers for Progress.