The Peer Support Mentoring Program for People Living with ABI (the first shared activity of OBIA’s Community Support Network), connects an individual who is a “veteran” of a life experience involving Acquired Brain Injury (the “Mentor”) with a “Partner” who is coping with a similar ABI-related situation and is in need of support from a knowledgeable friend. Both Mentors and Partners can be survivors, unpaid caregivers or family members. All Mentors will be trained before being matched with Partners through the generous support of the program’s development sponsors (Gluckstein & Associates, Henderson Structured Settlements and Sibley & Associates); training materials have been developed and will be provided for that purpose.
The role of the Mentor is to provide support, share information and resources with Partners who are coping with a similar ABI-related situation. These situations may occur at various points post injury.
Mentor/Partner matches are based on similar experiences and/or demographics and personal interests. Most of the mentoring will be conducted over the telephone (some by e-mail), making it possible for anyone in Ontario to participate.
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation has agreed to develop and oversee the program evaluation for this program.
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