Chronic illness peer Support (ChIPS)
The ChIPS program is run by young people for young people. Like to join in?
All about ChIPS
ChIPS is an exciting adolescent peer support program that runs across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network for young people aged 12-25 years who are living with a chronic illness or condition that affects their day-to-day lives.
The program is run by young people for young people. The aim of the program is to connect you to a network of young people who are also living with a chronic condition, to share experiences, increase confidence, wellbeing, self-esteem and decrease social isolation. Over and above that, it is about creating a community and having fun with new friends.
After you are referred to ChIPS, you start by attending an introductory group where ChIPS peer leaders and coordinators facilitate workshops to introduce you to the program. These workshops involve activities and discussions where you have the opportunity to share your experiences of living with a chronic condition and how it impacts your life.
Once you have completed the introductory group, you are a full member of ChIPS and you are welcome to attend regular ChIPS social events and activities, such as movie nights, gaming events, bowling, Computer ChIPS (our online platform), creative arts workshops and the annual camp!
ChIPS camps are a great way to strengthen connections with your peers, they also provide an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone! We have a great team of hospital staff who come along to help make our camps fun and safe.
The program also provides many opportunities for developing leadership and life skills through program planning, advocacy, public speaking, and various workshops. ChIPS supports its members to develop and increase their skills and capacity through a facilitated peer-led process. More senior members of the program are involved in the organisation and running of events, social activities, and camps. All members are given an opportunity to be involved in developing leadership skills through participation in the ChIPS Reference Committee.
Not a member of ChIPS? Never mind, we'll talk you through the ChIPS membership process!
- Email ChIPS Coordinators email@example.com