Meet the PACE team
What’s in a name?
The PACE team is made up of Support Workers and Peer Support Workers, but what’s the difference?
Support Workers work to provide support and counselling services for those recovering from an anxiety disorder. They may be a qualified counsillor, or have experience from working in another area of mental health or community service.
Peer Support Workers perform many of the same duties as Support Workers, but they draw much of their knowledge from a lived experience of Panic Anxiety, OCD or an Eating Disorder. Peer Support Workers draw on the experience of their own recovery and use it to provide help and support to those in recovery, as well as advising their colleagues in the PACE team about what it’s like to live each day with an anxiety disorder.
Anne is a PACE Support Worker based at our Seaton office. She has been ‘enjoying the challenge of working in the PACE Program because it is new to Centacare and involves setting up Recovery Support Groups in the north, south and city as well as providing telephone and face to face brief counselling.’
Tom is a PACE Peer Worker with lived experience of Panic Anxiety. Tom is currently looking forward to the start of the northern support groups, where he’ll helping PACE clients with their recovery and sharing his own story of Panic recovery.
Lisa is a PACE Peer Worker based at Seaton. For Lisa, recovery means striving for ‘what I want in life rather than engaging in old thoughts and behaviours,’ and striving always ‘to have confidence in myself and my abilities.’
Stay tuned to meet more of the Pace team in future editions of the PACE newsletter.