Local communities are invited to express their interest in establishing an important new type of community-based service to support people who are experiencing emotional or suicidal distress.

Over the next three years, Roses in the Ocean’s National Community-led Safe Spaces Project aims to establish 15 community led, volunteer-run non-clinical Safe Spaces where people can find compassionate and empathetic support amongst people who have a shared experience.

The Safe Space volunteer workforce, known as Peer CARE Companions, are local people with lived experience of suicidal distress who will be trained by Roses in the Ocean to use their lived experience to support others. A local working group will be supported by Roses in the Ocean to establish and maintain a Safe Space in their communities.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted until 30 October. Further information including the Expression of Interest form can be found by clicking the button below.


How will Roses in the Ocean support you?

Roses in the Ocean provides the following support to local working groups:

  • A grant of $20,000 per year to support the operation of the Community-led Safe Space (for the life of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program funding round)
  • Facilitation of local co-design of the Community-led Safe Space
  • Facilitation of Peer CARE Companion training for volunteers in the Community-led Safe Space
  • Fortnightly working group mentoring for first 6 months of establishment
  • A monthly online community of practice that links up all the Community-led Safe Spaces nationally to discuss their progress and solutions to any challenges

* Full details of the support offered can be found in the information pack.


Watch Information Webinar Below

An information Webinar was held on Thursday, 4 August with Stephen Scott, our General Manager – Strategy & Policy.