A key goal of our organisation is to equip people over 50 with information about important issues. For over ten years, the COTA NSW education team has successfully pursued this goal by offering a peer education program.
The COTA NSW peer education program offers free information sessions on a range of topics to people over 50 and their carers. We believe the success of our peer education program stems from two facts: that it’s been specifically developed for people over 50 years of age, and that the skills and experience our volunteers bring means our programs gain depth and relevance. In 2010-2011, COTA NSW delivered 422 peer education sessions with 9,584 people in attendance.
About the sessions
- Sessions are FREE of charge
- They are for groups of 10 or more of people over 50 years of age as well as the carers and volunteers who may be supporting these people
- Sessions are run by trained, volunteer peer educators
- Most sessions are available throughout NSW
- The information provided at the sessions is relevant, current with quality information handouts
- Sessions have a practical focus including discussion of simple strategies to deal with the issues raised
- Sessions are designed to be interactive – attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences
- Groups may book one or all sessions with dates suitable to them
- Sessions run for approximately 45 to 60 minutes