The St Vincent De Paul Compeer Program
The Compeer Program operates under the auspices of St Vincent de Paul. Originating in the USA in 1973, the program has run successfully in Australia for 20 years.
Compeer (meaning Companion and Peer), is an internationally recognized program for people living with a Mental Illness. Unlike other clinically based programs, Compeer operates using the Power of Friendship.
Volunteers are matched in a one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to Mental Illness. The friendship formed is like a normal friendship, with Volunteers and their friends meeting weekly , enjoying activities such as chatting over a coffee or other items of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional who referred the client.
Since the Program’s inception, it’s become internationally recognized as a valuable addition to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment, proving that friendship has a major role to play in someone’s recovery from mental illness.
The mission of the Compeer Program is; to improve the quality of life and self esteem of adults with a diagnosed Mental Illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring Volunteer. Compeer provides social inclusion and aids in the reduction of stigma by providing friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding.
Peter has served as a Volunteer with Compeer since 2011. During that time he has found the experience to not only be beneficial to his Companion, but also to his own recovery.
The Compeer Program on the Sunshine Coast is the only one in Queensland and is comprised of a very strong cohort.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the Compeer Program, feel free to contact Peter via the website.