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Peer Mentor


  • WHERE
    Toronto, ON
  • WHEN
    Ongoing

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DESCRIPTION

Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed.

A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home.

An OCO trained peer mentor will:
• ‘Just be there’/Listen
• Provide encouragement, support and acceptance
• Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths
• Share lived experience and give real life examples
• Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing
• Provide support with developing coping strategies
• Provide relevant information
• Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies
• Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves
• Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas of

An OCO trained peer mentor must be:
• A caregiver who is currently or has previously provided physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour
• Over 18 years of age
• Able to give a one year commitment to the program
• Undergo a reference check and criminal background check

The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages. The OCO staff will provide training and support for all volunteers to feel confident in their role as Peer Mentor.

To apply for the OCO Peer Mentor position, please visit: https://ontariocaregiver.ca/peer-support/peer-mentor/

Who You'll be Assisting

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Ontario Caregiver Organization

The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour.


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Who You'll be Assisting

organization logo

Ontario Caregiver Organization

The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour.