TTOA is a response to a call from our Peer community members for training, support, and opportunities for practice and mentoring to address several of the hurdles to Peer involvement within agencies, as well as in the community. This program is funded by PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada), Community Action Fund.
Since 2009, the Peer Engagement and Facilitation training has been a staple in TTOA network to teach Peers how to facilitate events and workshops in their agencies as well as the broader community. This dynamic training was previously delivered in three parts over nine days and has had more than 150 graduates. Since Covid-19 shifted how TTOA would deliver this training, we have developed a three part blended learning training for agencies to use. We encourage agency staff to work with their Peers and to meet regularly during this training to support and encourage one another, to ask question and learn from one another. The Peer Engagement and Facilitation Training will be available to all agencies in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for more updates!
The purpose of TTOA is to work with Peers (people with lived experience) and staff of member agencies across Ontario to concretize the experience of meaningful involvement for Peers. Currently, TTOA is working with 25 partner agencies from across Ontario. Within the next year, we be offering our Peer Facilitator Training as an online learning course, which will be complemented by virtual practice workshops throughout.
In 2021, TTOA grew from 14 member agencies to 25. With the recent move to online meetings and workshops TTOA member agencies requested growing the network to other agencies that have been not been able to join previously. To those 11 new agencies, Welcome, we are so happy to have you here with us!
Over the past year, member agencies have been meeting online and sharing in workshops to help build their knowledge, capacity, skills and abilities on a variety of topics that affect the lives of Peers in the province of Ontario. Peers are encouraged to present workshops that they have developed to share their knowledge with others; some recent topics have included Harm Reduction during Covid 19 – A call to Action; Successfully Managing Change; and Group Dynamics just to name a few.
The TTOA Quilt was a gift from a former TTOA Peer Worker that solidified the heart and soul of TTOA. Past participants have written inspirational messages on it for future TTOA Peers. The quilt symbolizes the strength and resilience of those that came before us, to remind those in the future, when we are no longer able to share our own stories, that we were here and we mattered. Today the quilt plays an integral part in our TTOA gatherings, and is present for all opening and closing activities.
Getting present with yourself and others.