The Peer-to-Peer Support Program gives clients and caregivers coping with a new cancer diagnosis an opportunity to speak with a patient or caregiver who has “been through it,” and thus obtain valuable information regarding a specific illness and treatment experiences. In addition, this program will allow new clients an opportunity to receive emotional support, learn new coping strategies and become knowledgeable about available community resources. Clients and peer volunteers can be matched by age, diagnosis, and gender or any other client preference.
Typically, these relationships are for a short time, although long-lasting friendships are often formed. Volunteers should have an interest and commitment to helping others and be willing to speak openly with new clients regarding their experiences. Most contact is by phone, although meetings between the participants are sometimes possible.
Conversations typically cover:
- new research
- self-care issues
- coping skills
Periodic peer-to-peer volunteer trainings will be held to help volunteers feel more comfortable working with new clients, but cancer survivors are already the experts in surviving cancer!
Click here for more information on the Peer-to-Peer Program guidelines.
To register to be paired with a peer mentor, click here.
To apply to be a peer mentor, click here.
For more information, please contact Jackie Woods at 225-927-2273 or click here.