PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM – for people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI).
The Ontario Brain Injury Association’s (OBIA) Provincial Peer Support Program connects persons with a lived experience (the Mentor) with an individual who is living with the effects of an acquired brain injury and who requires support (the Partner).
The program is available at no cost to survivors, survivors’ family members and/or unpaid caregivers.
Mentor/Partner matches are time specific and are made based on similar experiences, needs and personal interests. It is possible for people to be matched province wide.
Why be a Partner?
As a Partner in this program, you have the opportunity to learn from someone “who’s been there” and can offer guidance and support based on their own personal experiences living with ABI.
Support is provided to you via the telephone or internet, based on your preference. This allows you to participate in the program from the comfort and privacy of your home.
Why be a Mentor?
As a Mentor you have the opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences and by providing support and information to your Partner who has a similar lived experience.
If being a Mentor is of interest to you, you will undergo comprehensive training in your own community prior to being matched with a Partner.
Contact BIAWE’s Peer Support Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-981-1329 to learn how to get connected with this program.
There is an intake process, designed to find out information about your interests so that you can be matched successfully.