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Connecting through Peer Support 200km apart

31 July 2018
By Siobhan Johnston
Peer Support Program Coordinator

Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting the crocheted rug to Margaret Bacon, a member of the Melton Brookfield Lifestyle Village diabetes support group. The amazing thing about peer support is that people find ways to connect and support one another despite the numerous barriers they are faced with; whether it be physical, mental or geographical.  
Diabetes Peer Support groups provide opportunities to:
  • Give and receive social and emotional support
  • Share experiences and improve coping skills
  • Live a life in which the impact of diabetes is minimised
Dorothy said “I enjoy doing crocheting and knitting to help people in need; I have sent rugs and knitted socks to the Children’s Protection Society in Melbourne, rugs for neighbours who have had operations, given rugs to the Cobden Aged Care and the Mercy Aged Care in Colac. I really get a thrill when I see how it helps people when I give them a rug. I have also entered my knitting and crocheting into the local shows and received first prize.”
Dorothy crocheting her latest creation
Margaret with her gift

When I heard these words and contacted the leader of the Melton Brookfield Lifestyle Village diabetes support group to find a deserving recipient. Margaret was delighted to receive the generous gift to help keep her feet warm during winter.