The Gold Coast Hot Topics Peer Support Group is a group for people with an intellectual disability, run by people with an intellectual disability. Group Convenor Robert Ellis hosts monthly meetings at the Southport Community Centre.

The Gold Coast Hot Topics Peer Support Group talk about a range of topics important to them such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, transport, inclusive communities, accessibility, and emergency preparedness. If the group is not meeting at the community centre, you can find them hosting a social event like catching up over dinner.

The group meets on the first Friday of the month at Southport Community Centre, Lawson Street, Southport

Call QDN on 1300 363 783 or email to find out more about these meetings.

A woman in a wheelchair wearing sunglasses and smiling at the camera, on a bus with another woman behind her popping her head around smiling.

A man and a lady standing in front of a light brick wall, smiling. The man has his arms crossed with one hand pointing towards the lady.

Introducing Rob Ellis, the Gold Coast Hot Topics Peer Support Group group convenor.

"Come and check it out and be yourself. Everyone is welcome!" Rob Ellis

Watch the Gold Coast Hot Topics Digital story

The Peer Support Hot Topics group talk about the importance of being prepared for a disaster and the work they did around the Person-Centered Emergency Preparedness.

Click hereto watch the video.

Click here for the QDN calendar. Type ‘Peer Support Group’ in the search area to find upcoming group meeting dates and times.

Two men having a drink. The man on the left is in a wheel chair and wearing a blue and orange shirt and the man on the right is wearing a black and green branded shirt. They are in a bar lunge with a table in front of them and are both laughing.

“It is so important to really listen to people’s stories, so they feel like they have a voice and are being heard.”

Robert Ellis, Gold Coast Hot Topics.

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