A peer worker provides emotional and social support to others with whom they share a common experience. They focus on building a mutual relationship that fosters hope and optimism. By being able to provide genuine examples of overcoming adversities in their own journeys, peer workers can inspire empowerment and self-determination. Peer work aims to support recovery of a person’s whole life, inclusive of personal passions, social interactions, study and work.
Peer work is an opportunity for mutual learning and growth. It’s about using shared experiences to come up with new strategies for future growth that ideally foster hope and possibility in both individuals. It’s also about a balance of power and mutuality, not a ‘helper-client’ scenario.