Box 3.12Peer training in Romania

For 11 years now, the Motivation Romania Foundation (MRF) based in Bucharest has provided peer training. The MRF wheelchair service and peer training programme is based on the principle that all wheelchair recipients should undergo peer training (including, but not limited to, wheelchair skills) to maximize their independence. The peer training team currently consists of four users and a physiotherapist. Each year, some 160 users access the peer training programme, which includes:

  • training in wheelchair skills;
  • individual and group discussions, in which users can talk about the challenges they have faced and try to find solutions together;
  • provision of information, for example about dealing with health problems; and
  • participation in sports and social activities to facilitate the development of outgoing, people-oriented attitudes and prevent isolation.

Peer training is carried out at the MRF centre and through regular peer training camps. Peer trainers are recruited from among former recipients of peer training. They receive training in teaching and counselling from experienced peer group trainers, thus enabling them to take on the role themselves.

The costs of the peer training programme are covered by the Romanian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the National Authority for People with Disabilities, and national and international donors.


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