Resources for peer support groups

Resources for peer support groups

Trans Care BC partners with peer supporters and community members to improve access to information, resources and supports for trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary people.

Peer support group directory

Do you have a peer support group you would like to add to Trans Care BC’s Peer Support Directory? Please complete our Peer Directory Form or contact us at

Defining peers

Trans Care BC defines peers as trans, Two-Spirit A term used within some Indigenous communities to reflect complex Indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality and the long history of sexual and gender diversity in Indigenous cultures. Two-Spirit encompasses sexual, gender, cultural and spiritual identity. It may refer to cross-gender, multi-gender or non-binary gender roles, non-heterosexual identities, and a range of cultural identities, roles and practices embodied by Two-Spirit peoples. Some people also use "2-Spirit" or "2S." (Source: Battered Women’s Support Services) and non-binary Umbrella term referring to people whose gender does not fall within the binary gender system of woman/girl or man/boy. Some individuals identify as non-binary while others may use terms such as gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or agender. Non-binary people may or may not conform to societal expectations for their gender expression and gender role, and they may or may not seek gender-affirming medical or surgical care. children, youth, and adults, as well as their parents, caregivers and families.

Peer support:

  • Refers to the emotional and practical support and connection between people who share a common experience.
  • Provides an enriching opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange, resource sharing, social connection, mentorship and personal growth.

You can learn more about available peer supports in your community by visiting our Peer Support Directory. Beyond the directory, we also support peers, and peer support providers, across British Columbia through:

  • Trans Care BC community grants
  • Provincial network engagements
  • Mentorship
  • Support
  • Resources 

How does Trans Care BC offer support?

We offer support in several ways:

  • We provide Community Grants. This funding opportunity is for peers, service providers, and community members all over B.C. to create new peer support projects or make existing services better.
  • For groups who receive Trans Care BC funding, we host Provincial Network Calls, and offer one-on-one mentorship to peers and service providers working to support their communities.
  • We create and share resources to support peer groups, such as the Peer Group Start-Up Guide.

Partnering with local non-profits

Community partners, such as non-profit organizations and support service agencies, help a lot when they work together in supporting the development and sustainability of community peer supports. If you have an idea for starting a peer support group or would like to learn more about our peer support options, contact the Trans Care BC health navigation team.