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With so many groups being offered for people with a variety of disabilities and other needs, we often receive questions related to our Peer Support services. You can find the answers to many of these questions here.
Yes. Peer support groups are open to the general public. For Dinner Club, we ask that you sign up with a phone number or email address prior to attending. The Peer Support Coordinator is the only person who will keep a copy of this contact information, and you still don’t have to be an Empower member.
Sometimes. If there is a planned activity where we need to know the number of people coming, the flyers, emails, and online postings will tell you to contact the Peer Support Coordinator by a certain date. As well, we always request an RSVP for Dinner Club. Otherwise, you can just show up.
No. As a cross disability organization, we welcome people with all types of disabilities. We also welcome families and friends of people with disabilities to participate, learn, and share.
It is hard to rank disabilities based on how ‘severe’ they are. Disabilities happen across a variety of spectrums and affect people differently. If you are uncomfortable interacting with people with disabilities, or certain types of disabilities, we would encourage you to visit the centre and talk to us. It is possible that we could provide you with some information that would ease your anxiety.
There is no maximum or minimum age requirement for participating in Peer Support groups. Paint Group is something enjoyed by people of all ages, and Dinner Club is always family friendly. However, we request that younger children attend with an adult family member or friend. We cannot promise direct supervision. Also, some of the topics we discuss during the Men’s and Women’s groups may be for a more mature audience, and the environment may not be something small children would find interesting. Age requirements for peer groups outside Empower will vary. If you would like some information on finding a group for a youth or child, contact the Peer Support coordinator.
The ages for people in our peer support groups usually range from early 20s to early 60s. However, throughout their history, we have seen people of all ages. If you are looking for a Peer Support group of a certain age range, the Peer Support Coordinator may be able to help you find one.
Yes. That is perfectly fine. We do ask that you update us if you have told the Peer Support Coordinator that you are going to a group like Dinner Club, and suddenly cannot make it. Otherwise, just come when you can!
Most of the time, yes! Here at Empower, we love helping people break down barriers. It is our specialty! Therefore, we can provide you with transportation tickets for either Metrobus or GoBus, and will do our best to ensure that all of our events are accessible. We cannot, however, provide you with personal support in areas like bathroom use and eating. If you need those supports outside of the Centre, you will need to bring those supports with you. If you need help accessing these supports, you may want to speak to the Advocacy Skills Coordinator.
Also, if you are experiencing barriers to accessing support groups outside of Empower, the Peer Support Coordinator can work to support you in breaking through those barriers.
Maybe. It will greatly depend on the interest of other consumers, and the resources it would require, among other things. If we can’t do it here, we can check to see if there is a group like it elsewhere in the community.
Great! Send the details to the Peer Support Coordinator. We’ll see what we can do!
Yes. We are always open to having extra help during our craft groups, and you are welcome to host workshops and information sessions, if you’re interested. As well, if you have any other skills you would like to share, please let us know. For more information, please check out Volunteer Services.