What is QueerSupport?

QueerSupport is our peer support program. With the aim of launching in May, QueerSupport will be made up of two peer support groups run by four facilitators with Mental Health First Aid and Active Listening training (among other training!).

At launch, there will be two groups. A general 2SLGBTQ+ group, and a Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Conforming group. Each group will be co-facilitated by two of our facilitators, with the aim of holding at least monthly sessions.

These groups will provide space to share our stories, experiences, and struggles, but also to build and share self-care skills and resilience, to engage in learning on Queer and Trans issues like transitioning, coming out/inviting in, and lastly - to socialize!

What is peer support?

According to Trans Care BC:

"Peer support is a term that refers to the emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience. Peer support is grounded in using personal experiences, and the knowledge and familiarity that comes from those experiences, to support others who may be navigating similar or closely-related circumstances.

Historically, peer support has been a therapeutic approach utilized in trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit communities as a way of promoting positive health and wellness outcomes"

What training will facilitators have?

To feel comfortable providing peer support, we've identified external training and internal resource study to help prepare our facilitators to run their groups responsibly. This includes but is not limited to:

Meet the Facilitators

Made possible by. . .

OPIRG Carleton is a proud co-sponsor of the QueerSupport Program!

GRIPO-OPIRG kindly donated to support QueerSupport!