Our Peer Support Facilitation Training have so far enabled at least two facilitators to start their own peer groups right here in the city. Ashley Gryzbowski started a weekly walking group at St. John the Compassionate Mission and Tammy Clayton, a SHRC volunteer, just completed an 8 week wellness group with a focus on body image. The Introduction and Advanced training gave them both useful tools and skills needed to start a peer group.
“The trainings have truly come in handy in helping us organize our walking group at St John’s Mission. Having a comfort agreement has helped set the tone for a supportive and inclusive group, and tips on ensuring other measures and logistics (finding space, scheduling, promotion, etc.) were used in organizing and starting our group.”
“As a volunteer at the SHRC, I was encouraged to start my own group after attending the Introduction to Peer Support Group Facilitation Training. The training provided very detailed guidance on what is needed to start a group and precisely how to go about it. Using my own support group action plan created in the training, I was able to successfully plan a group, along with a co-facilitator, using a step by step process. I am looking forward to attending the Advanced Peer Support Group Facilitation Training where I will learn to strengthen my skills and share my experience facilitating a group. I highly recommend starting a peer support group. It was an invaluable experience and great fun!”
Please get in touch with us if you took the Peer Support Facilitator Training and have started a group of your own. We would like to hear from you.