peer mentor profiles
We are an independent, collective voice committed to full inclusion and active citizenship. We are the first peer-led organisation established to prepare people for the national disability insurance scheme and we are forging new directions!
Hello my name is Geoff. I’m deafblind and a bulldogs supporter.
I live on my own in the Hunter Valley, Cessnock, paying off a mortgage.
Im an outgoing person who loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, swimming and walking my dog on the beach and I regularly attend catch up Deaf coffee groups where I promote deafblindness.
I have a pool table in my home I also enjoy a game with friends and family. I love to stir people to make them happy and smile!
Currently I am working at CDAH working with DeafBlind Connect and I am committed to supporting my peers.
We have our own facebook page I work on, giving updates, organising Zoom sessions through Covid lockdown to keep connected, organise drop-in days at CDAH fortnightly to catch up over a coffee.
I organised a fundraiser where we designed a T-Shirt to raise awareness for deafblind. I have a dog, Indie, and I use a white cane also. I use a range of technology for seeing and hearing.
As a peer mentor I can support you with:
- Living independently
- Taking care of finances- How to own your own home
- NDIS Self Management
- Teach a range of communication styles such as tactile, Auslan, ASL, and hand over hand to build better connections.
- Provide further assistance with appropriate organisations that offer support for hearing and vision loss.