Peer action groups (PAGs)

VALID currently supports 23 PAGs based in local communities across Victoria. The groups include self-advocacy groups, peer action groups and parent action groups. They are very diverse and are at very different stages of development – some have been going for 12 months, others are only just starting, but all bring a commitment to changing the way communities respond to the aspirations of people with disabilities. Whilst the initial impetus for developing the groups was to provide information about the NDIS, we are starting to see the groups take on broader community issues with members beginning to focus on a range of concerns that they have identified.

Some of the issues PAGs are working on include:

  • Getting access to paid work opportunities
  • Moving out of home
  • Acknowledging the leadership skills of people with disabilities and nurturing their development
  • Access to affordable transport
  • Support to become more independent
  • Support and effective services for people with behaviours of concern under the NDIS

A key success factor for the groups is the role of the PAG Facilitator. Each group selects a facilitator who is responsible for developing and leading the group in partnership with the VALID Community Development team..

The PAGS started when VALID was initially funded as a Disability Support Organisation to support people with disabilities and their families to prepare for and engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

To do this, we have established, and continue to establish, Peer Action Groups (PAG) to help people build their capacity as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out across Victoria.   

Individual capacity building leading to working with families, friends and the community leading and creating change within the broader community

The Peer Action Groups are a support base for the Mainstream and Me Community Educators enabling people with a disability to work with businesses, government and the community to make systemic changes.

As well as providing individual mentoring to PAG Facilitators, VALID also brings facilitators together on a monthly basis to share information, strategise, offer mutual support and learnings, and foster development of the facilitator’s leadership aspirations.

If you are interested in joining a Peer Action Group or volunteering as a leader/facilitator, or would like to start a group in your local area please contact David Craig [email protected]

You can find your local Peer Action Group here

 

LOCATION 

PAG

Leaders 

 

Group Name

Who

When & Where

 

 

 

STATEWIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

 

FITZROY

Dariane

Behaviours of Concern

PAG

People with disabilities, families & supporters

3rd Thursday evenings  

 VALID Office. Please contact the valid office for meeting dates and times. 

 

 

 

BARWON REGION

 

GEELONG

Kylie

Barwon FIN/PAG

Parents with Disability PAG

 Monthly TBA

 

GEELONG

Kylie

LGBTIQ PAG 

LGBTIQ people with disability

2nd Wednesday 10am – 12pm 

134 Yarra St, Geelong 

 

GEELONG

Jenny, Elica, Meredith 

BIG PAG (Belonging in Geelong)

People with disabilities 

4th Wednesday mornings. 31st Jan and

28th Feb – 10am – 12pm. Geelong

Library.  

 

GEELONG

Dot & Brian

Geelong Parent Network

Families of people with disabilities 

3rd Wednesday. 

East Geelong Uniting Church 

 

GEELONG

Kylie & Dariane

Behaviours of Concern

PAG

Families People w/ Behaviours of Concern

1st Tuesday 10am – 11am. 

East Geelong Uniting Church 

 

BELLARINE

Kylie

Bellarine PAG

People with Disability and Supporters

3rd Thursday 10am – 12pm 

Springdale Neighbourhood Centre

 

COLAC

 Kylie

Colac

People with disabilities, families & supporters 

1st Monday 2pm – 4pm 

Colac Neighbourhood House

 

 

 

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

HORSHAM

Alma & David

Horsham PAG 

Families of people with disabilities 

4th Monday 1pm – 3pm Uniting Church  

 

HORSHAM

Alma & David

Horsham PAG

Families of people with disabilities

4th Monday 7pm – 9pm Uniting Church  

 

 

 

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

 

BALLARAT

Mark & David

Ballarat PAG

People with disabilities, families and supporters

4th Friday 1pm – 3pm 

Eastwood Leisure Complex

 

 

 

LODDON

 

MARYBOROUGH

 

Kate & Denise

Families Inclusion

Network

 

Parents with cognitive impairment

1st Friday 10am – 12pm Anglicare Office

 

 

 

GIPPSLAND

 

MOE

Paul

Gippsland (Moe)

People with disabilities - focused

1st Fridays 10am – 2pm Moe Library

 

 

 

on NDIS readiness

 

 

 

 

OVENS MURRAY

 

BENALLA 

David & Bec

Benalla PAG (Afternoon)

People with disabilities, families & supporters

 3rd Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm Benalla

Library 

 

BENALLA

David & Bec

Benalla PAG (Evening)

People with disabilities 

3rd Wednesday 4pm - 6pm Benalla

Library

 

 

 

NORTHEAST METRO

 

NORTHCOTE

David & Bec

Northcote PAG (afternoon)

People with disabilities families & supporters

4th Thursdays 1pm – 3pm Northcote

Library 

 

NORTHCOTE

David & Bec

Northcote PAG (evening)

People with disabilities families & supporters

4th Thursdays evenings 4pm – 6pm 

Northcote Library 

 

WATSONIA

(Banyule)

Luke & Paul

Banyule PAG

People with disabilities families & supporters

4th Tuesday 1pm – 3pm

Watsonia Library 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN METRO / BAYSIDE PENINSULA

 

FRANKSTON

Craig 

Frankston PAG 

People with disability

1ST Thursday 10am – 12pm 

Frankston Library

 

CRANBOURNE

Ann & David

Cranbourne PAG

People with disability 

1st Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm

 St John’s Church  

 

PAKENHAM

Ann

Pakenham PAG

People with disabilities & families

2nd Thursday 12pm – 2pm

 Tooma Community Centre

 

BRIGHTON

Christine

Brighton PAG

Families of people with disability 

6 weekly

 

 

 

INNER AND OUTER EASTERN METRO

 

RINGWOOD

Alinta and Bec 

Ringwood PAG

 People with Disabilities

1st Monday 10:30am – 12:30pm 

Realm Library Eastland 

 

CLAYTON

Michelle & Jodie

Clayton PAG

People with disabilities 

2nd Tuesday mornings at Clayton Comm.

Centre 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

 

 

WESTERN METRO / BRIMBANK MELTON / HUME MORLAND

 

BRIMBANK

Samson, Bec,

Christian

Brimbank PAG

People with disabilities, families & supporters

2nd Monday mornings 10am – 12pm

Water Gardens Neighbourhood House

 

MOONEE VALLEY

Samson and David

Moonee Valley PAG

People with disability & supporters

1st Wednesday 10am – 12pm 

Sam Merrifield Library

 

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