The word “peer” is not used very often.
In our project it means a person
who has some of the same life experiences as you.
Peers often understand you better
because they share the same experiences.
They often understand better how you feel.
You often feel more comfortable to talk with them
than with other people.
A peer can become someone you trust.
But they are not always close friends.
In our project, we use “peers” mainly
for other people with intellectual or learning disabilities.
Peer support is when you get support
from someone like you.
When persons with own experience of having a disability
support other persons with a disability,
we call them “Peer Supporter”.
Everybody can be a Peer Supporter.
But to give the support in the best way,
they need some training.