Empowers individuals

Peer work provides strong direct and indirect benefits to those who are involved.  It may stimulate positive life skills, leadership skills and may create opportunities for employment.  It also empowers individuals as they are trying to gain stability in their own life.  In addition to offering purpose and direction, peer work may raise the self-esteem and self-efficacy of the peers and the people they work with.

 

Peer work gives people the opportunity to gain stability, to get in the driver’s seat of their own life.

Peer work invests in people’s skills, beliefs and support networks.

For further reading, see an interesting good practice guide on social capital and peer work in HIV/AIDS by the Alliance and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).  http://www.aidsalliance.org/publicationsdetails.aspx?id=464