WHAT IS “PEER EMPLOYMENT”?
Peer employment refers to informal work, community work, engaging with peers and tasks to support peers/organizations that are emerging due to the COVID-19 pandemic OR other informal and meaningful employment. Basically, when we talk about peer employment, we mean moving individuals towards employment, and asking them to become involved in their community in some meaningful way. This differs from traditional employment. Tasks might include helping at the local shelter, getting groceries, supporting a peer, etc. Peer employment opportunities are decided in partnership between KES, participants and the employer. Participants also may select their own placement that fits with their lived experience, interests and skills.
BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS:
To help encourage attendance and support participants during and following LINK each participant will receive:
• $60 gift card for each morning they participate in both classroom and peer-employment activities;
• A laptop equipped with Microsoft Word and Excel (at the conclusion of the program);
• $600 that can be used towards new work supplies (boots, jacket, professional clothing, etc);
• The opportunity to work one-on-one with a professional counsellor;
• Funding to access to the Breakfast Program to develop their own healthy meals, nourishing their bodies to participate fully in LINK.
• All participants receive First Aid, Food Safe, Serving it Right, Superhost
Eligible participants should be:
• A Canadian/permanent resident or legally able to work in Canada
• At risk of, or experiencing homelessness
• Facing a barrier to employment including addictions, substance abuse, mental health symptoms, criminal justice system
involvement, lack of social networks, low self-esteem/low confidence, low income, facing stigma associated with these barriers.
This project will aim to learn about Peer Employment and the effects of participating in a supportive program on mental health, physical health, and employment readiness. We will ask participants to complete questionnaires on these measures at the beginning and conclusion of the program to see if participation had a meaningful impact.