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Peer Support Responder
The Peer Support Responder program is a direct response to the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis. We recommend Peer Support Responder training for those who are most likely to encounter, witness or experience opioid poisoning.
Our goal is to save lives by providing FREE training and supplies. Each responder will receive a Red Cross emergency response backpack that includes a Bag-Valve Mask with HEPA filter, hard-case pocket mask, mini-first aid kit, and PPE (KN95 mask, gloves, gown, face shield, pocket mask, eye protection).
We are currently accepting 100 responders for this first round of training.
Types of Peer Support Responders may include outreach workers or emergency response teams of volunteers in a high-risk apartment complex, neighbourhood, or community housing. The responder can also be an individual (family member, friend, peer, neighbour, resident) who may be acting as a “monitor” for someone who is using drugs. They may also be individuals who use drugs themselves and have agreed to take turns with their peers to monitor each other.
Bringing this training to “peers” in high-risk settings will provide the knowledge, skills, and supplies to give lifesaving care while protecting themselves.
We are confident that this initiative will save lives and provide a platform for offering similar standardized programs across the province, including our Northern Indigenous communities. We plan on offering this program in remote and Indigenous communities very soon.
For Peer Support Responders who are looking to advance their skills and credentials, we can offer certification in Basic Life Support for additional training. We encourage everyone who is interested to speak to the instructor on the day of the course.
This initiative is 100% sponsored by Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services and is our way of giving back to a community. We are proud to announce a social entrepreneur branch of our company called the Johnston-Brais Initiative. This initiative honours all those who have lost their lives from opioid poisoning or homelessness. Our advocacy work within this initiative is geared toward providing support services and a voice for the marginalized population.
Please support the Johnston-Brais Initiative and the Peer Support Responder program. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Heart to Heart CPR’s CEO, Nick Rondinelli at 416-960-5319 or email him at email@example.com.
Blended Learning means on-line / in-class training. Instead of doing two full days in class, you would complete half the course at home or office and the other half in-class. Participants must first complete the self-paced online component, which includes a knowledge evaluation, then successfully complete an Instructor-led classroom component (skills practice and evaluation session) in order to achieve certification. Currently, we offer Standard First Aid CPR/AED C or HCP and CPR/AED C or HCP.
Heart to Heart offers a few varieties of discounts.
When you choose a course and date you will see a drop-down menu listing our Student Discount prices. Be sure to click on the Student Discount price and bring your student ID or any proof you are a student to the course.
In the same drop-down menu you will see our "Bring A Friend" prices - if you have even more friends that want to come, please contact our office and we will either honour the same price or extend an even better discount.
If you organize a group and have over 8 participants, we can come to your location. Inquire with our office and we will send your desired course description with our group price breakdowns - basically, the more participants you have, the cheaper the price. For groups less than 7 participants, we can book your group into any of our public courses, and you will still receive a great discount. For more information, see Group Bookings or Book a Group above OR contact our office.