Peer Engagement – Key Activities

Speaker’s Bureau

Putting a face to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Injection  drug use and  sex work can have an enormous impact on reducing stigma and breaking down misconceptions within the communities of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Through voicing a powerful message and sharing truths of lived experiences, we promote healthy  choices and engage with those who may be facing similar realities.

Speakers Bureau is comprised of AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) peers from across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent counties that go out into the community and share lived experiences and provide direct education to diverse audiences. While working collaboratively with our Peer Engagement program coordinators, members will receive comprehensive training and experience in order to confidently and effectively deliver their personal message alongside agency staff during community outreach events.

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Turning to One Another (TTOA)

TTOA is a program developed by the AIDS Bereavement Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) and delivered through our Client Services and Peer Engagement programs. The goal of TTOA is to strengthen ACW’s community programming through the greater involvement of PHA’s. It’s a joint PHA and staff initiative aimed at improving the quality of life of those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as increasing the capacity of the agency to better meet HIV related needs.

Through the ABRPO, TTOA members have the opportunity to receive training that will strengthen and build facilitation and leadership skills, which will equip members to effectively plan and manage projects of their choosing.

TTOA Working Group meetings are on Thursday (bi-weekly) at our Windsor office from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

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Educational and Skill-Based Workshop

Education plays a vital role in reducing stigma and discrimination as well as decreasing the number of new infections through promotion of safe practices.  A new program to the agency, our educational and skill-based workshops will be peer facilitated or co-facilitated workshops commencing in 2018. Topics will focus around positive prevention techniques such as (but not limited to): coping skills, self-management, self-advocacy, mindfulness, problem solving, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, adherence, disclosure and harm reduction. Workshops will promote collaborative learning, empowerment, and advocacy among all peers and participants.

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Health Hub (HIV/HEP C and other STBBI Testing) Peer Leader

The sooner you find out you have HIV or Hep C, the sooner you can receive the medical treatment needed to stay healthy. In partnership with Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) and Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, the ACW’s Education and Outreach department currently offers monthly HIV and Hep C testing as well as (but not limited to): birth control counselling, smoking cessation referrals and abscess care information. Alongside the peer engagement program and Health Hub teams peer leaders will provide information, education and support to individuals accessing testing.

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Adherence Based Monthly Support Group

Another new peer program beginning in 2018 is our monthly support group.  In this group, peers lead and promote group discussions on topics such as (but not limited to): mental and emotional well-being, overcoming barriers, self-advocacy, skill-building, and healthy living. The monthly support group provides a safe space for members to discuss challenges and ambitions without judgement. The group aims to provide the support necessary to overcome obstacles and provide the encouragement needed to reach personal goals.

Click Here for more information on our Monthly Men’s Peer to Peer Support Group that runs every third Tuesday

Click Here for more information on our Monthly Women’s Peer to Peer Support Group that runs every third Tuesday

If you are interested in giving back to the community through becoming one of our Peer Leaders or would like more information, please contact our Peer Engagement Department at (519) 973-0222 ext.121 or ext.123 or apply now

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