Helping people make connections is our passion. People who have strong connections to others have improved health, and communities where people are connected are healthier places to live. We provide training, information and resources for strengthening peer support groups and peer-led initiatives throughout British Columbia. We work with many diverse groups and communities including First Nations, rural, urban, multicultural, youth and online. PeerNetBC is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.
PeerNetBC has a wealth of resources to share with individual people, peer support groups and peer-led initiatives. One of the main ways we help people to connect is through our workshops. We provide open registration workshops that are available directly to the public and customized workshops created to meet the needs of specific groups and agencies across the province.
PeerNetBC workshops are designed to be accessible and useful for people at differing levels of skill and experience. We offer a range of courses every spring and fall with the aim to address a variety of learning needs. Be sure to check out our upcoming workshops.
For community groups or agencies interested in PeerNetBC’s customized workshops, check out our list of potential workshop topics.
For people seeking further information and advice regarding peer support or peer-led initiatives, please contact us directly.
Youth Summer Workshop Series
We are very excited to announce our Summer Youth workshops. The workshops are free and for youth 24 years old and under. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or are interested in registering. PeerNetBC strives to make our workshops barrier free, please let us know if you have any particular needs for attending. Space for this workshop is very limited. We strongly encourage attendance to all workshops to get full experience and learning.
August 5th, 11am – 4pm Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
Together we will explore the concept of boundaries: what they are and where they come from. This also looks at why boundaries are important foundations to having healthy, anti-oppressive relationships with ourselves, our friends, our family and our significant others.
August 7th, 11am – 4pm Understanding Internalized Oppression
This workshop looks at a variety of oppressions that young people have learned to internalize. Through various activities involving movement, writing, and discussion, there will be opportunities to explore how oppression influences the perspectives on oneself and to come up with ways to break free of these false or negative perceptions.
August 12th, 11am – 4pm Unpacking Ageism in Youth Engagement
In this workshop we will unpack ageism that affects children and youth. Here we are encouraged to share our experiences of what it is like to be a young person while navigating power dynamics in an adult-dominated world. As well as what we can learn from these experiences to become better at practicing allyship for young people as we move into adulthood.
August 14th, 11am – 4pm Effective Allyship with Young People
As a group we will look at power and privilege and what it means for us and the people around us. As young people, we will identify our privilege and our capacity to work in meaningful solidarity with diverse individuals and groups. We will explore some of these opportunities for allyship, especially with our peers who experience multiple layers of marginalization and people who are much younger than us.
New Email List!
In recognition of the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation(CASL) that comes into effect on July 1st 2014, PeerNetBC is requesting folks to consent to receive our newsletter from us. This legislation applies to all ‘Commercial Electronic Messages’ including email, texting and social media private messaging, sent either from a computer in Canada or received at a computer in Canada.
If you wish to receive emails from us, please fill in the form below. We will send you an email containing a link which you will need to click to confirm your willingness to receive emails from us. (This is required by CASL to be a double opt-in process.)
By filling in this form, you will be giving us permission to send you one-to-one emails as well as our monthly newsletters. The PeerNetBC newsletters are used to announce our upcoming workshops that we provide as well community events that are either free of cost or pay what you can and other information we think you will enjoy or find useful.
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