Compeer is an award-winning program that links adults living with a mental health challenge with friendship from a volunteer who has similar interests. Volunteers meet one on one with their Friends on a regular basis for planned social activities.

The aim of the program is to reduce social isolation and to combat the stigma that is attached to mental health. The Compeer program is based on the simple premise that ‘friendship is a powerful medicine’.

The Role

  • Spend 4 hours (minimum) per month in social/recreational activities for a 12 month period
  • To follow Compeer and referring health professional guidelines and instructions
  • To return a monthly report to Compeer, participate in annual survey and feedback, as required
  • To attend compulsory training and peer support sessions, when practicable
  • Compliance with organisational policies and procedures, legislation, Work Health and Safety and maintain current WWVP registration.


  • Ability to be supportive, respectful and have empathy for people living with a mental health diagnosis
  • Be open to establishing strong friendships
  • High-level communication skills
  • High ethical standards, is trustworthy, open, tolerant and is committed to protecting privacy and confidentiality
  • Consideration and respect for people living with a mental health diagnosis and their views and adapts to changing environments
  • Enthusiastic, open, friendly, efficient and effective

When and where

The commitment to the Compeer Friendship Program is for a minimum 12 month period. Meeting your Compeer Friend weekly or fortnightly, on a mutually agreed basis. Location in the Canberra region.


Applications for this opportunity are processed directly with the organisation.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

Remember If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of a requirement of your course (i.e. not for a unit or practicum requirement), then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer, we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

To apply, please contact Paul Kowalik:

Mobile: 0427 930 460

Phone: (02) 6234 7309

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