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Peer Support

You are not alone.

Sometimes all we need is someone who can listen and draw from their own experience as we face a new journey in life. If you or a family member have sustained a spinal cord injury, it's natural to have a lot of questions and experience a range of emotions. We've been there, and are here to help. Our Peer Support Program matches people who are newly injured, and their family members, to people who have lived experience with a spinal cord injury, and who understand.

How it works

You and your family will be introduced to a trained volunteer, a person with a spinal cord injury or a family member, who has faced many of the same challenges you are encountering now like Benjamin King, Peer Support Volunteer shown on this page.

You will be matched with an individual who can share personal experiences to help you gain more confidence as you get more information on both the little details and the big picture of living with a spinal cord injury. The SCIO Peer Support Volunteer will also be able to introduce you to other organizations that can provide you with a wide range of assistance.

Things you and your Peer Support Volunteer might talk about:

  • Family relations
  • Self-care
  • Accessibility and housing
  • Community resources
  • Employment opportunities
  • Sexuality
  • Attitudes
  • Transportation
  • Parenting
  • Relationships

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One-on-one support

Meet a Peer Support Volunteer who has a similar experience with SCI and can help you navigate challenges you might be facing. See them as an open and honest guide who will be there for you as you adjust to living with a disability.

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Family Support

If you are a family member of someone who has sustained an SCI, we can arrange for you to meet with a Family Support Volunteer who can relate to your experience and support you through the process and any challenges you’re facing.

 

A Mother’s Perspective on Peer Support @ SCIO

My son Mark has been in hospital now two years after a spine injury which left him tetraplegic. There have been many ups and downs. But one of the most positive influences for Mark have been the visits he has received from the SCIO Peer Support Program. I have not been in attendance for all of them but have been there for a couple. As I listened to the kindness and empathy that was shared, as I listened to the honest open responses to questions that Mark asked, as I watched the enthusiasm for life that was evident, I was simply awed! Mark has had loving, giving, interesting, intelligent, sharing people visit him from the Peer Support Program. And it makes a huge difference! It’s not just a difference, however, for the patient; it is a huge difference for the caregivers when they too can ask questions and receive real and informative answers. My smile is always there when I see Mark happy. And I see him happy when a peer support volunteer visits. Thank you.

 

Looking for Peer or Family Support?

Call: 416-422-5644

Toll free: 1-877-422-1112

E-mail: peerconnections@sciontario.org

How can I be a volunteer?

If you have experience with SCI and would like to be part of our incredible team of Peer Support and Family Support Volunteers, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact our team to register your interest.

Call: 416-422-5644

Toll free: 1-877-422-1112

E-mail: peerconnections@sciontario.org

 

Interested in attending Peer Connections events in your area? Learn all  about them.

 

? Ask Us
Not sure how we can help? Looking for answers? Connect with InfoLine:
Call 1-877-422-1112 or
416-422-5644, ext. 213