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Healing Happens Together

Our peer support programs are made possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of our inspiring volunteers. We believe community engagement is crucial in the journey to recovery, and we're grateful you want to join us.

Learn about peer support volunteering as well as other ways to get involved and support our mission.

Peer Support Programs

Online Peer Support

Online Peer Support Chats

These text-based group support chats happen 10 times per week and are moderated by two trained volunteers, creating a safe space for participants to connect to a recovery community and receive support in real-time.

Time commitment: minimum 4.5 hours per month (3 OPS chats).
Personal Recovery Space

Personal Recovery Space

In PRS, personalized support is provided by two trained volunteers within a secure digital forum. Participants can access their forum 24/7 and volunteers are expected to respond within 48 hours of a post with compassionate, judgement-free support and listening.

Time commitment: approximately 1.5 – 3 hrs per week (fluctuates based on participant engagement).

Each volunteer provides support in two PRS forums.

Hand in Hand

This program matches participants with a trained volunteer who provides consistent, empathetic support during eating disorder recovery. After an initial meeting to get to know one another, the pair will meet for regular (usually weekly) 60-90 minute conversations either in-person or over video call.

Time commitment: 1 – 2 hrs per week (fluctuates based on participant engagement).

*Due to current program needs, we are only accepting volunteers who are aged 30 or older.

Volunteer Requirements

In order to be a peer support volunteer with Looking Glass, you must currently reside in Canada and be aged 19 or older. For our Hand in Hand program, we are currently only accepting volunteers aged 30 and older.
All peer support volunteers are required to complete mandatory training, a criminal record and vulnerable sector check and additional reference checks.
The minimum volunteer commitment is 6 months.
Volunteers are not required to have lived experience with an eating disorder/ disordered eating. We believe that with the right tools and training, anyone can be compassionate, empathetic, and provide peer support.
If you have lived experience with eating disorders / disordered eating, you must be recovered for at least 2 years before becoming a peer support volunteer. If you are unsure if you are well enough to volunteer in our programs, please reach out to our team and we can explore this with you.
All volunteer training takes place virtually.

Please note: Due to the high volume of volunteer applications we are receiving at this time, there will be a delay in continuing with next steps. After you fill out an application form, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch once interview availability opens up. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

I find it really rewarding to be there for someone. I also find listening to what someone else is going through and helping them find positive ways to cope has helped me be more constructive and positive in how I cope with hardships in my own life too. All around volunteering just adds so much to my life and I’m happy to be here!


More Ways to Volunteer

From time to time, we welcome volunteer support in other areas of our work such as administration, fundraising, events or marketing/communications. If you are interested in learning more or have a specific skillset you feel could add value to our organization, please get in touch.
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