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Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

Co-operative Elder Care Initiative

One of the most critical social issues facing Canadians is the nation's rapidly aging demographic and the absence of affordable care for seniors. This project addresses the lack of high quality, affordable and responsive elder care to seniors and their families. Community-based co-operatives are proven to provide care that is more responsive and affordable because they are controlled by users and their families. By utilizing the tools and knowledge developed in this project, care givers and community groups will greatly increase their capacity to provide alternative forms of elder care by replicating community-based, user controlled models piloted in this project. The project also addresses the serious problem of isolation and loneliness faced by a growing number of seniors as well as the lack of support to their caregivers. The project will strengthen social capital in local communities and lessen the isolation of seniors by helping communities to develop co-operative models for the provision of care and the development of social networks for the support of the elderly.

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.

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Houses: A Sturdier Neighbourhood Fabric: Weaving Policy, People and Place Together

The project will connect diverse residents of Mount Pleasant more deeply to their local area, while enlarging their capacity to positively influence the way in which Mount Pleasant develops. The need was identified through participation in the local area planning process (2007-10); consultation (2011-12) with City staff and simultaneously with grassroots groups (focused on public realm, food security, community development and the arts), local business and service agencies; plus research from external bodies. The project (over 3 years) will develop and implement collaborative skills modules for policy-focused Working Groups; coordinate and support efforts of local area stakeholders through policy implementation regarding the built environment, public realm and social and economic development; facilitate effective partnership with municipal staff and academic teams in implementing the Mount Pleasant Community Plan; develop effective protocol for early engagement of local stakeholders by property developers; and create a toolkit to benefit multiple neighbourhoods and municipalities.

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods

In 2012,we fostered neighbourhood resilience and action on social, economic and environmental sustainability in the CRD with Transition Victoria, supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Smart Planning for Communities. More than 200 residents from neighbourhood, business, and local government organizations participated in a series of training sessions to develop skills, resources and strategies to strengthen community resilience. Our recent webinar for local gvnts was oversubscribed within hours, demonstrating strong appetite for this project. Evaluation by participants was overwhelmingly positive and has resulted in the design of a 2nd phase of the initiative. The Resilient Neighbourhoods project works with neighbours and citizens to strengthen characteristics of resilience in ways that support neighbourhood connection today and strengthen capacity to respond to challenges in the future. It supports action by working with community groups, businesses, citizens, community organizations and institutions to develop community action on local resilience, community cohesion and wellbeing

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.

New West Hospice Society

New West Hospice: Helping to Build a Compassionate City through Good Neighbour Partnerships

Healthcare today can’t meet all the practical, social and emotional needs for people and families at end-of-life. These unattended needs often lead to isolation, loneliness and social inequality. New West Hospice Society is adopting the Compassionate City Charter to address 13 social changes to normalize dying, death and loss. Our Good Neighbour Partnership will link a person/family living with palliative care needs at home and those in their circle of community who are able to offer social and practical support. The issues around dying, death and grief have been shrouded in a “mind your own business” attitude. We believe that care for one another at this time is everybody’s business.

Potluck Cafe Society

DTES Kitchen Tables Project PHASE 3

Many vulnerable Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents don’t have access to quality food. The Kitchen Tables project is working with multiple stakeholders to create systemic change in the DTES food system. It aims to replace an unsustainable, charity-based system with a holistic community economic development system by building a sustainable food procurement, processing and distribution system that reflects the community’s identified values and priorities of food security for DTES residents.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

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.

Good Food Solutions for BC: Healthy and Equitable Food Systems in BC

This project responds to the need to for better collaboration around efforts to create a healthier and equitable food system to deepen impact. "Good Food Solutions for BC" will capture, share and support implementation of BC-based better practices and facilitate innovation scaling (out, up and deep). With support from the Vancouver Foundation we will focus on: 1) Indigenous food sovereignty, 2) transitioning the charitable food sector and 3) supporting healthy and equitable school food systems. Funding granted from the Vancouver Foundation in the Fall of 2014 was used to recruit additional members and partners, convene and webinars, and support communication platforms for working groups in the this project's 3 core areas. The project will facilitate community organizations, funders, public and private sectors to work together to: 1) gather, document, and share information in priority areas, 2) discuss and promote better practices, 3) identify related policy issues, 4) develop specific policy proposals, 5) develop public communications materials.