Over the past year, HIV Community Link has been laying the groundwork to implement an HIV Peer Support Program, researching the most promising practices and outcomes of peer run programs across Canada and the United States. Currently, peer programs are being highlighted and leading the way in most promising best practices, client-centred trauma informed care and, finding a valuable place in the cascade of care for HIV and hepatitis C. Integrating peer support uniquely tailored to the specific needs of the HIV community in Calgary, this is our goal.
So far, a great deal of research, fundraising and preliminary planning by many folks in our organization has been done to ensure a solid, supple entry into the waters of peer support programming. Yes folks, it is really happening – and we are diving in with the hiring and training 2 part time honoraria Peer Navigators, 2 Group Facilitators and a 3 – 5 person Peer Advisory Committee. More information here.
Also, find the postings here.