Helping Ourselves through Peer Support & Employment

“WE CARE” Peer Support Volunteer

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Joanne Cleland, Program Manager

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  To provide “We Care” packages and peer support to Mental Health inpatients


  • to provide peer support and understanding to mental health inpatient participants
  • to make hospital visits with another  volunteer as required
  • to provide “We Care” packages to staff-referred or self-referred patients
  • to attend monthly peer support volunteer meetings
  • to report to the Program Manager statistics of number of packages given out each week and the number of inpatients requesting peer support
  • to seek assistance from the supervisor when guidance is needed for the participant/volunteer relationship
  • to maintain confidentiality of participants, volunteers and staff of the “We Care” program


  • We Care runs every Friday at Brant Community Healthcare System from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • We Care volunteers are asked to commit to two Fridays per month


  • sociable and friendly
  • respectful of others
  • current or former user of mental health services
  • able to maintain responsible boundaries with others
  • able to feel comfortable in the hospital setting
  • satisfactory police record check
  • successful completion of Peer Helper Training and additional Hospital Training


  • 28 hours of peer support training
  • 4 hours of job shadowing a peer support worker
  • Orientation to the We Care group at the hospital
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Mental Health First Aid


  • Debriefing with Program Manager after each hospital presentation
  • Monthly group meetings with other We Care volunteers
  • Invitation to participate in Brant Peer Support Network