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Getting support from someone who understands

Peer support and outreach—enhanced by lived and living experiences—can have profound effects in the delivery of community social services.  When those in need of support reach out, they may find it easier to speak to someone who shares similar lived experiences and can listen without judgement, gain trust, and help navigate processes and systems that may be unfamiliar or difficult to access.
Much of what we know from research about the impacts and key factors relating to lived experience and peer support have focused on how it applies to mental health and addictions services. Studies have found that in these settings, peer support workers can provide practical, emotional, and social supports to community members who often view authentic shared experiences as important to their recovery processes. In contrast, less is known about the broader applicability and value of outreach from those with lived and living experience in other areas of community social services in BC.
Explore the links below to learn more about community-based research projects that explore how lived experiences and peer support in BC have taken shape.

Lived/Living Experience Research Articles

Research Synthesis: Lived Experience, Peer Support and BC’s Community Social Services Sector

Peer support and outreach—enhanced by lived and living experiences—can have profound effects in the delivery of community social services (CSS)….

BCSTH Bursary Fund Program Evaluation Report

Flexible financial assistance is a powerful tool for economic empowerment among gender-based violence (GBV) survivors and is becoming an increasingly common strategy to enhance safety and economic and housing stability…

Strengthening Health Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, and Newcomers in Greater Vancouver through Cross Cultural Health Brokers

A research project to test a model of employing foreign-trained healthcare providers as Cultural Community Health Brokers (CCHBs)….

Chilliwack Channeling Youth Voices Video

CYV used youth participatory action research methods to develop a youth-defined framework of acceptable and effective care by gathering and analyzing the reflections of over 70 Chilliwack youth….

Advancing Community Engagement in Healthcare in Rural BC

In 2020, the Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) undertook a provincial survey to understand and document the healthcare priorities of rural communities across BC….

Improved Support for Rural Perinatal Mental Health

Our methods for attaining information, creating program content and implementation was highly focused on a multi lens and community inclusion approach….

Streetlinks Report

The StreetLinks pilot, a day-labor program for unhoused residents who provided storefront cleaning services to businesses in downtown Victoria….