Melanoma Canada (PEER TO PEER MELANOMA and SKIN CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAM)Organization Name: Melanoma Canada
Opportunity Title: PEER TO PEER MELANOMA and SKIN CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Category: Health / Medical
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: May 9, 2022
End Date: May 9, 2023
- Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
- Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
- Training or orientation required
Connecting and Supporting Melanoma and Skin Cancer Patients and Caregivers with a Peer who has Shared a Similar Path.
Providing patients and caregivers with someone who has been down the same path can provide immeasurable support. The Peer to Peer Support Program provides an opportunity for new patients, caregivers, or patients with a change in their diagnosis, to connect with another person who shares a similar path.
Peer to Peer support does not replace professional counselling and/or medical advice. The program is designed to connect melanoma patients to a trained and certified peer who has also faced melanoma or skin cancer. Peer mentors are assigned by similar geographic location, diagnosis, life situation, and age. Peers will share their stories, act as a supportive mentor and provide support. This service is offered by telephone and can connect patients anywhere in Canada. Patients and caregivers can create a special connection with one another and be able to relieve some of their stress, worries, concerns, and fears that come from living with melanoma and skin cancer.