What is Peer Support?
Peer support refers to support from a person who has acquired knowledge based their own experience, and draws from that experience when interacting with others in a supportive setting.
Connecting with another person who has lived through a similar life-changing event can be a vital link for someone struggling with their own situation. A supportive peer can model hope, encourage healing and help others integrate their new life circumstances. Peer support is based on key principles of respect, connection, mutual agreement and empathy.
Empty Arms and our team of dedicated volunteers play a vital part in providing support to anyone in Saskatoon and Area who has been affected by pregnancy and/or infant loss.
1-1 Peer Support Volunteer
A trained volunteer facilitator connects one-on-one with the bereaved parent requesting support. Where possible, matches are made between people who have similar loss experiences, backgrounds, and/or cultural identities. The facilitator will usually set up a phone meeting with an individual, but connections can also be made in person, through email, text or other forms of communication.
One-to-one peer support relationships can be short term, or can turn into long-term connections. Regardless of the time spent together, this type of support can be extremely helpful for parents, and very rewarding for volunteers.
Empty Arms is always looking for volunteers to assist with events, create memory boxes, and so much more.
Each individuals talents and interest can be utilized to benefit families involved with Empty Arms.
Once the application is submitted a short phone call will be facilitated so that the volunteer coordinator can partner the volunteer with an experience that they will also find rewarding.