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CDAH has a variety of trained Peer Mentors with many different skills, passions and life experiences. Check our Peer Mentor Profiles to see who you would like to work with to achieve the change you want to make in your life.


Erin Forrester

Image description: Close-up of Erin, smiling at the camera.

Image description: Close-up of Erin, smiling at the camera.

Hi, my name is Erin. I have just moved out of home to share a house with my new housemates. I love sharing my story, learning new things and getting on with things. I was helped through a tough time by a peer mentor. It took another person with intellectual disability to help me through, someone who has walked a mile in my shoes. And look at me now.
As a mentor, I can talk with you about:

  • who to talk to when you want to move out of home

  • how to interview someone, I have interviewed new housemates and new support workers

  • how to get a volunteer job

Find out more about Erin on her detailed Peer Mentor profile


Cayt Weir

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Image description: Cayt laughing out loud.

Hey! I am Cayt. I am thirty and I have Cerebral Palsy. I am in a power chair and communicate through a communication device, however the disability in no way stops me! I went through mainstream school, TAFE, and am currently in my fourth and final year of social work at the University of Newcastle. I believe in equality and work well with people of all different backgrounds and disability. For fun I like to travel, go to concerts and theatre, go out with friends and play with my puppy.

Find out more about Cayt on her detailed Peer Mentor profile


Tania Lewis

Image description: Tania laughing and holding a dog in her hand.

Image description: Tania laughing and holding a dog in her hand.

Hi, I'm Tania. I'm a proud Aboriginal woman from the Awabakal tribe in NSW. I'm a mother to a beautiful daughter and a wife to a doting husband. I have endured living in aged care facilities for 3 years because of lack of services for young people with disabilities and in 2014 I finally came home to my family.

As your peer mentor I can offer skills to:

  • support you with planning to achieve your goals and aspirations

  • be there for you to support and listen throughout this mentoring process

  • be a sounding board to the challenges or obstacles you may face to achieve your goals, and encourage you to share your experiences.

Find out more about Tania on her detailed Peer Mentor profile


Andrew Spannenberg

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Image description: Portrait of Andrew laughing.

Saluton! One of the two choirs I used to belong to was infamous for same name membership. It had three Andrews. My name is Andrew (the bearded). 

I speak just enough Esperanto to get myself into trouble. I’m currently the Vice President of the Esperanto Federation of NSW. 

I have been helping groups through laughter exercises, for the last two decades. For slightly longer, I have been an active member in the local LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), alternative to cash and barter. So I have a different perspective of the word “economy”. 

Find out more about Andrew on his detailed Peer Mentor profile


Joseph Popov

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Image description: Close-up photo of Joseph

Hello, my name’s Joseph. As a former mentee, I’m looking forward to putting into practice all the things I’ve learnt from my mentors over the years.  

I am an avid and confident user of technology. In my free time I love to read, socialise and watch movies. 

I’m in my fourth year of university studying a Bachelor of Social Science/Laws degree. 

I also have some experience in conquering depression after going through a real rough patch between 2016-17.  My lived experience has taught me how to overcome challenges.  

I truly feel that people with a disability can, and do, actively and positively contribute to the community. 

As a mentor, I can help you: 

  • build confidence in speaking up for yourself 

  • getting through high school and university life 

  • develop skills in looking and applying for a job 

  • help cope with mental health challenges

Find out more about Joseph on his detailed Peer Mentor profile


Leigh Creighton

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Image description: Close-up of Leigh smiling at the camera.

Hi, my name is Leigh.  I believe that people with disability should have dreams and goals to lead an ordinary and rewarding life.  I love making dreams happen and inspiring and empowering other people with disability.  I have Down Syndrome which is an intellectual disability, but I don’t focus on my disability, I focus on my abilities.  

As a mentor, I can offer:

  • how to become a strong self-advocate and speak up for yourself

  • how to set your goals high…reach for the sky…and how to stick to those goals

  • how to ask people for something to get the result you are after

  • how to develop your confidence to be a public speaker

Find out more about Leigh on his detailed Peer Mentor profile