Peer Support Training, 24-25 September in Sofia

ENIL and CIL-Sofia invite you to a peer support training

The training will take place on 24th-25th September 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is organised jointly by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the Centre for Independent Living – Sofia (CIL-Sofia). It will aim to build participants’ skills to provide peer support as a tool for independent living, and to empower them to promote peer support in their countries.

The peer support training will bring together a group of 20 disabled people who will engage in discussions about the principles of peer support, the role and responsibilities of peer supporters and the development of peer support in Europe (see the programme below). Trainers will be experts on the right to Independent Living from Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. After the training participants will have the opportunity to participate in the international conference “Independent Living and Peer Support – the Core of UN CRPD”, organised by the CIL-Sofia.

The training is for:

  • disabled people from Central and Eastern Europe
  • with experience in providing peer support formally (within an organisation) or informally,
  • who are willing to engage in promoting peer support in their countries.

Participants will be selected based on the above criteria. The organisers will aim to ensure diversity in terms of gender, type of impairment and country. The language of the training is English, therefore participants must also have a working knowledge of English.

The organisers will cover the costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence of up to 16 people (including personal assistants, when needed). However, people who are able to cover their own costs are welcome to apply. The organisers will be able to assist all participants with arranging accommodation and accessible transport in Sofia.

If you are interested in taking part in the training, please fill in the application form and send it to Dilyana Deneva, ENIL Youth and Membership Coordinator, at

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2016.

ENIL’s survey on peer support  can be found here.

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