Our Peer Support Program provides and promotes opportunities for people with disabilities to share information, ideas, life experiences and skills.
The Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) is looking to start a new chapter in how we offer peer support.
The VDRC’s goal is to provide and promote opportunities for people with disabilities to share information, ideas, life experiences and skills. We believe that it is through the context of a supportive peer environment that individuals can gain the skills and self-confidence needed to overcome barriers and learn to better manage personal and community resources.
What’s Happening Now
Currently one-on-one peer support is offered by our information and referral staff, and occasionally through other staff and volunteers at the VDRC. People are able to speak with people who live with a disability (whether it be visible or invisible) and access supports and referrals in the community on a one-to-one basis.
No formal peer groups are being offered by the VDRC at the moment, but please keep checking in as we will have some new programs coming soon.
What’s to Come
In early 2018 we will be hosting a focus group with community members and the general public. We hope to develop a peer support program that addresses the topics and types of supports people are looking for to encourage independent living. A peer support survey will be added soon, and we hope that you can take a moment to fill it out as your feedback will help in providing the best program we can.