How-to Support Peer-Led Initiatives

Providing peers with the tools and skills to save lives



About the Webinar

During the past 5 years, peers or people with lived and living experience of drug use have been on the frontlines of the overdose and drug poisoning epidemic. At a time when public service is stepping down, peers are stepping up to save lives and support their communities. They do this without any employment protections, support, or recognition of their positions as frontline responders. So how can community organizations equitably support and empower them to lead and continue their vital work?

In this webinar, presenters from the Peer2Peer Project (led by the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC), Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), SOLID Outreach, RainCity Housing) and BEAP: Business Engagement Ambassadors Project (developed by Drug War Survivors Abbotsford, in partnership with Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society) will discuss what the components of successful peer-led initiatives are, how organizations can support peers, and why peer leadership should be considered the first and foremost essential practice for overdose and drug poisoning prevention and response.

Peer2Peer Project

The Peer2Peer project aims to identify, implement, and evaluate peer-led support interventions for peers/experiential workers in overdose response settings. Experiential workers, or peer workers with lived/living experience, are important service providers that play a crucial role in supporting individuals who use substances and deserve access to occupational mental health supports similar to those provided to other healthcare providers and first responders.

Business Engagement Ambassadors Project (BEAP)

Founded by the Abbotsford Drug War Survivors, BEAP aims to enhance the cleanliness, safety and harmony of their communities and provide meaningful opportunities for members of the street community to contribute to something positive in a way that will be recognized and appreciated. Since Summer 2018, members have been meeting with the City of Abbotsford, Fraser Health Authority, homeowners and businesses and business associations within Abbotsford to make this happen.