Peer Support

The KIDNEY CONNECT Program

Because a diagnosis of kidney disease can be emotionally as well as physically challenging, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has introduced the KIDNEY CONNECT Peer Support Program to provide the kind of one-on-one support you and your family may need.

The program is here to help anyone touched by kidney disease. For example, people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease or those whose kidneys have failed, as well as their friends, families and loved ones can all use the service. It's also there for those who are considering donating one of their kidneys to someone in need.

The Peer Support program lets you speak with someone who truly understands what it's like to live with kidney disease, and is willing to share their own experiences with you. Peer Support volunteers do not offer medical advice but they can tell you about their kidney disease and how they balance their treatment with family life, work and social activities. They'll be able to answer many of your questions, because they've been there, too. 

To request peer support now, call 1 866 390-PEER (7337) or use our online form

To connect online with other people living with - and affected by - kidney disease, visit www.kidneyconnect.ca


For more information on the KIDNEY CONNECT Peer Support Program, call 1 866 390-PEER (7337) or contact your local Kidney Foundation branch office.

Download our brochure, "The KIDNEY CONNECT Peer Support Program" (pdf)

Kidney Connect Peer Support Group Meetings

In addition to one-on-one peer support, there are a number of  Kidney Connect Peer Support groups who meet monthly and discuss a variety of topics of interest to the group participants. Groups are facilitated by trained Peer Support Facilitators and currently meet in Kitchener, Niagara, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Brampton and Oshawa. Click here for a complete list of meetings.  For more information about Kidney Connect meetings please call 1-866-390-7337 or email bmaclaren@kidney.on.ca.

Kidney Connect Online - Youth Peer 2 Peer Support Group (18-24 years)

This is your space to feel safe and share your thoughts and feelings. There’s no such thing as #TMI here. We get it and we’re here to help each other. We are youth (18-24) from Ontario we and can talk with you about balancing treatment with family, school, work, and relationships because we’ve been there too. No matter where you are on your #kidneyjourney, let’s talk.

Meet our volunteer youth peer support leaders and meet others touched by kidney disease online. Connect at http://kidney.ning.com/group/peer2peer or email sadia.baig@kidney.ca

Kidney Connect Online - Young Adult Support Group (25-35 years)

We get it and we’re here to help each other. We are also young adults (25-35) living in Ontario and together, we can talk about balancing treatment with family, school, work, and relationships because we’ve been there too. No matter where you are on your kidney journey, let’s talk.

Meet our volunteer young adult peer support leaders and meet others touched by kidney disease online. Connect at http://kidney.ning.com/group/ya-support or email sadia.baig@kidney.ca

 

Additional Resources

Kidney Connect: Empowering Kidney Patients through Peer Support

 

 

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