Peer group mentoring program training

S1080021_2The Loddon Plains Landcare Network ran a successful training session as part of a move to pilot a Peer Group Mentoring Program for the Network. The training was run by the Otway Agroforestry Network who pioneered the successful Peer Group Mentoring Program in their region.

8 prospective mentors attended the two day training at the Inglewood RSL Hall, on the 25th and 26th of July. The training included an introduction to peer mentoring concepts, a local farm site visit to run through the program’s site assessment process, and information on the logistics of running the program.

The Peer Group Mentoring Program aims to provide local property owners with ongoing advice and support as they undertake revegetation, biodiversity works or other projects on their property, recognising the usefulness of having someone as a sounding board for discussion and advice around such projects.

“I think the program will have legs. Whilst it is not a new process it is being used in a new way”, said Peter Morison who attended the training.

Many thanks to David Curry, Andrew Stewart, Rowan Reid and Marianne Stewart from the Otway Agroforestry Network for assisting in organising and running the successful workshop.

The Network in consultation with the prospective mentors who attended the training will now develop a plan to obtain funding to trial the program, and garner interest from the community for participation.

Photo: On a site visit, prospective mentors learn the ins and outs of the program