The Peer Support Centre
What We Do
It is the Peer Support Centre’s mission to provide non-professional support to students. By fostering a spirit of openness and understanding through peer-based support, the goal of the centre is to provide students with an accessible, welcoming, and accommodating service. The centre is a safe space in which students can express their feelings and explore resource options provided by the university, the city of London, and the USC.
Our service also provides mobile support to events that happen around Western University’s campus during regular operating hours. If you are interested in having our volunteers attend your event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation
The centre is located at UCC 256, near the Western Gazette. The centre is open every week Monday-Friday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM during the academic year.
In the evening, the centre facilitates discussion groups. For a list and schedule of our discussion groups, please see our Facebook page here.
Who We Are
Our centre is staffed by Western students who are passionate about helping those in their community. All volunteers are trained in the model of peer-based support and undergo continuous training and supervision with our staff supervisors throughout the year.
Join Our Team
The hiring process to become a volunteer for the year occurs at the beginning of second semester for the previous year. Successful applicants are notified by the end of second semester and attend a mandatory training at the end of the summer.
The application to become a volunteer for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found here.
Peer Support Centre Supervisor: Matthew Yip
Student Programs Officer: Mac McIntosh
Peer Support Network
Whereas the Peer Support Centre is the physical space that students can go to for support, Peer Support Network encompasses eight student-led support services that are available to all students on Western’s campus. The goal of each support service is to provide the campus community with awareness of social issues, support for marginalized groups, advocacy initiatives to improve the lives of undergraduate students at Western and volunteer opportunities for interested students. Our support services are distinct from what is offered by our clubs system and works to create a more inclusive, informed, and caring university community.
Sexual Health and Consent Education
Get the information to make educated decisions regarding sex and learn about the continuum of sexual violence and the importance of consent.
Coordinator: Courtney Feeney
Health and Wellness
Discover services and programs in place to educate students on issues surrounding mental health, social health, campus safety, healthy lifestyles, and alcoholic substance abuse prevention.
Coordinator: Micah Hansen
Run entirely by students, PrideWestern provides programming, services, and are advocates for the LGBTQ2+ population on Western’s campus. Running various monthly discussion groups, holding social events, and providing office hours, PrideWestern wants to make sure that everyone on campus feels safe and can connected with community.
Women’s Issues Network
Join WIN in recognizing, representing, and rectifying gender inequalities affecting UWO students.
Ethnocultural Support Services
See the ways ESS is making a culturally inclusive University community, in which students’ unique backgrounds are positively embraced and celebrated
An outreach service that creates a more inclusive university campus, with a focus on understanding and celebrating campus diversity.
Food Support Service
An anonymous food hamper distribution system for UWO undergraduate students. Food hampers can be requested through email and collected 24 hours a day.