Our Peer Mentoring Program is available for those who are living with an ABI, and allows them to connect to an individual who has lived through a similar life experience involving an ABI. The mentor will provide their guidance and knowledge based on their own life experience involving Acquired Brain Injury, to an individual who is coping with a similar ABI-related situation.
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.
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The Peer Support Mentoring Program for People Living with ABI is the first shared activity of OBIA’s Community Support Network.
This program is FREE for all participants!
Why be a Partner?
As a Partner in the program, you have the opportunity to learn from someone ‘who has been there’ and can offer you guidance and support based on their own personal experiences living with ABI. Support is provided to you via telephone or internet, based on your preference. This allows you to participate in the program from the comfort of your own home.
The Role of the Mentor
The role of the Mentor is to provide emotional and social 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 email), 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.
Why be a Mentor?
As a Mentor, you have the opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences and by providing support and information to your partner who has similar lived experience. If being a Mentor interests you, you will undergo comprehensive training in your own community prior to being matched with a Partner.
The respite caregiver knows his abilities and weaknesses. He is prone to be very, very quiet and she draws him out and makes him speak. She is a gentle and kind person who brings him some socializing that he otherwise would not have. The program has exceeded our expectations. The respite caregiver is a gem and we have come to love her!
Caregiver Relief Program, Recipient
I have really enjoyed people sharing their stories and hearing the speakers present. There have been some very informative speakers. Just listening to others helps me not feel alone and connected to others, you feel like somebody else understands what you're going through. For those thinking about attending a group I would say come with an open mind and expect to receive something good. It doesn't matter where the group is, there's always something good.
Adult Support Group, Member
Having a local support group (BIAPH), helped me a lot during my recovery. It has been great to meet other survivors that can relate to you and understand you and your situation. I made a whole new group of friends. I had wonderful experiences finally connecting with other survivors. The local support groups helped me share some of my challenges and learn from others.
Youth and Young Adult Support Group, Member
By having my husband be able to take back his previous responsibility of the weekly grocery shopping (with the assistance of a respite caregiver), he has become more self-confident in himself and it makes him feel good that he is able to help out with the weekly household chores.
Caregiver Relief Program, Recipient
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