SCI Ontario's Peer Support Program connects people living with spinal cord injuries to fully-trained volunteers who can share their experience and knowledge. We can connect family members, too! We complement professional services provided in acute hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community based health and social service agencies.
Trained Peer Support Volunteers are people with personal experience with an SCI and family members of people with injuries. Our volunteers have "been there; done that" and are willing to help those who are newly injured, and their families, as they adjust to life with an SCI.
For a person with a new SCI, thinking about the challenges of the future can be daunting. But, nobody should have to contemplate these life changes in isolation. By listening, sharing their own experiences and providing practical information, volunteers provide one-to-one support.
"Finding my Peer Support Volunteer was a real turning point for me. He opened my eyes to what was possible. He answered my tough personal questions with honesty and a positive attitude. That made my recovery a whole lot better." - Kevin