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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

West End Community Food Centre

The Community Food Centre we envision in Vancouver's West End takes a 3-pronged approach to addressing inequities in our food system, in a way that is rooted in the right to food. We will work with existing emergency food resources in our community to transition to providing people who access them with healthy, fresh food in a dignified environment. We aim to develop community capacity, skills and engagement for producing and preparing food through a comprehensive suite of skill-building and educational programs offered at various locations in our community, and we aim to hire, develop, train and support a group of peer advocates to operate in our community to challenge the systemic issues which create and entrench poverty. While each of these approaches has the potential to drive change on one scale or another, a community's level of food security is generally understood to embody each of the three prongs working in synergy. By providing individuals with multiple points of access to varying levels and scales of support and advocacy, we create the necessary conditions for a nimble response to the specific issues and concerns of our community. The West End Community Food Centre will be based on a model in which programs and initiatives are animated in various locations throughout our community (this may change down the road). Starting with programs in satellite sites throughout a community is also the model of growth for most of Vancouver's Neighbourhood Houses.

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

There is a Better Way - A Social Policy Framework for BC

Why, in one of the wealthiest regions of the world, do we have 90,000 children living in poverty? How do we move from crisis managing sickness to promoting healthier lives? How do we want to treat our seniors, people living with disabilities or addictions, immigrants and First Nations? How do we all want to live together? In 2013/14, Board Voice undertook a provincial campaign advocating for the development of a Social Policy Framework (SPF) for BC, as a way of approaching some of the most challenging and intractable social issues requiring integrated and innovative responses. Through a process of engagement with businesses, municipalities, community partners and citizens, this proposed two year initiative is designed to spark interest in new ideas in the design and delivery of human services in BC, and create the climate for needed change. Key partnerships will provide the networks and help to create the momentum to explore these ideas locally. We expect the project to generate ideas and actions that will make our communities more livable and resilient. The project will have three phases: development of the online platform and content, meeting materials and templates; the coordination of community and online discussions; the collating of the information; drafting and dissemination of a report summarizing the outcomes. Expected key outcomes include engaged networks, increased awareness of social issues and suggested key elements of a SPF for BC.

Tides Canada Initiatives

re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments)

With the shared goal of bringing together binners to help them achieve their aims, the re-VALUE project will collaborate with several partners including the UBC Learning Exchange, City of Vancouver and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit – Vancity Office of Community Engagement to reach out to broad community stakeholders and test informal employment opportunity pilots that were identified by binners over the past year. To support successful implementation of the pilots, the Binners' Project (BP) will simultaneously carry out complementary initiatives to raise public awareness and build binner community and capacity. In this way the re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments) project will increase binner involvement and credibility in civic governance and planning for policies on waste, recycling and the container refund. The BP has been successful in bringing together a robust binner community, thus far engaging over 300 binners. Through regular meetings, workshops and activities, we have built a sense of trust and belonging as well as a safe place for individuals to voice their opinions and concerns. This project will meaningfully engage binners in conversations with community stakeholders and positively influence and build individual and binner group capacities.