ConnectGroups’ 2021 Peer Support Groups Award Presentation Evening

On Friday 15 October 2021, ConnectGroups hosted its 2021 Peer Support Groups Award Presentation evening which celebrated the work of the Sector and recognised the value of peer support. Congratulations to all winners and finalists.



Awards Categories

New and Emerging

In recognition of the work conducted by a new Support Group.

Winner: Peel ADHD Parent Support Group

Finalist: Women’s Recovery Community

Most Innovative

Awarded to a Support Group which has demonstrated innovative practice across its service delivery.

Winner: Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA

Finalist: Solace Grief Support Group WA

Regional and Rural

In recognition of the work conducted by a Group in the regions.

Winner: Intercultural Action Group

Finalist: Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa



In recognition of the work conducted by an online/Facebook Group.

Winner: EndoWArriors

Finalist: SWEAR WA


Pay it Forward

For a PIF Project which demonstrated sustainable mental health impact to its members and the wider community.

Winner: South West Women’s Health and Information Centre

Finalist: PTSD West

Dream it Forward

For a DIF project which positively impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.

Winner: Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Corporation

Finalist: Swan City Youth Service


Give it Forward

For a GIF project which demonstrated significant innovation, capacity building or sustainability for their Support Group.

Winner: Type 1 Diabetes Collective

Finalist: The Courageous Women’s Multicultural Network


Support Group Champion

For an individual who has made a contribution to the philosophy of Peer Support.

Winner: Sandra Button

Finalist: Martin and Michelle Slabbert

Community Service Leader

For individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and who by example, exemplify community leadership.


Melissa Dumitru (Chronically Inspired)

Rahul Seth (Activate Mental Health)