Peer Support at Cowichan Independent Living Today….

Support at Cowichan Independent Living

Sometimes we learn best from someone who has walked ahead of us on the same path in life that we are embarking upon. That is the IL philosophy of the Peer Support movement here at Independent Living. Consumers that live with a disability are able to support and learn from each other.

Someone who is experiencing disability first-hand has learned valuable coping skills- learning and teaching skills that in turn they can share with a peer. Together, peers are able to provide each other with hope and inspiration all the while sharing each other’s ideas through workshops, learning experiences or social activities.

What is Peer Support?
Peer Support is in part…

  • Listening to others.
  • Sharing thoughts and exploring ideas.
  • Looking at different options and choices.
  • Empowering others to make their own decisions.
  • Respecting confidentiality.
  • Setting guidelines and expectations.

What is a Peer at CIL?
A Peer is…

  • Someone who has directly experienced a disability or lives with one today.
  • Someone who is willing to share their personal stories with others in similar situations.
  • Someone who understands and can relate to feelings and challenges faced by others in similar situations.

Check out some of our Peer Activities and Independent Living Skills Programs!

Peer Support at Cowichan Independent LivingThese gatherings are informal and a great opportunity for participants to talk to each other and make new friends. Have an idea for a program or a service? Want to share your experiences, skills and ideas? Please contact us at

  • Activities For All Ages
  • Peer Support Groups Available