Where is the Compeer Friendship Program located?

The Compeer Friendship Program is currently only run in Canberra, ACT. 

What is the Compeer Friendship Program?

Compeer is an internationally affiliated program for people living with a mental illness. Based on the principle of the Power of Friendship, Compeer matches volunteers in one to one friendship with people who have become socially isolated due to mental illness. As in any friendship, volunteers and their friends spend time together enjoying activities such as chatting over a cup of coffee, going to the movies or enjoying activities of mutual interest. The friendship is supported by Compeer staff and the health professional applying to the program.

Since its inception in the USA in 1973, Compeer has become internationally recognised as a valuable adjunct to traditional medical and rehabilitation treatment. Compeer has been operating in Australia under the auspices of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1995.

Our mission: to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of adults with a diagnosed mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Compeer promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship which is built around mutual trust, respect and understanding.


  • Become a Compeer Volunteer in the ACT

    Become a volunteer “I have a greater understanding of humanity at every level” – Compeer Volunteer “My world had fallen apart and I felt deserted. My Compeer volunteer was a sudden light in a seemingly endless dark tunnel. These...

  • Become a friend of the Compeer Program in the ACT

    Become a Friend “It was nice to have something to look forward to. It was nice to have something to do with someone and to not have to do everything alone” – Compeer Friend “I really admire my friend. We both get so much out of...

  • Contact Us - Compeer Program ACT

    E: compeer.cg@vinnies.org.au M: 0427 930 460

  • Information for health professionals about Compeer in the ACT

    For Health Professionals “My client considers his Compeer friend as his mentor and closest friend” - Health Professional Applicants for the Compeer program must be receiving ongoing care from a health professional who actively supports...