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Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities

Can You Dig It: Immigrants and Refugees Engagement Project

Can You Dig It helps immigrants and refugees break down isolation by building a community garden on East 8th Avenue at Commercial Drive. The project will facilitate connections between immigrants and local community people, with the goal of social and economic integration. Over two years, this project will sponsor gardening training sessions; recruit newcomer volunteers to meet with neighbours and invite them to participate; and invite 240 newcomer families to establish and maintain a produce garden at their homes.

Museum of Vancouver

URBAN CORTEX: A Social Sensing + Connectivity Lab

CONTEXT: In Fall 2013, MOV will work with academic partners to create an interdisciplinary set of prototypes in which designers, artists and researchers will explore the intersection between urban space design, social capital and psychological effects of city life. In particular, they will be comprised of installations, interventions and experiments that test or boost trust and social capital. The public will be invited to experience and interact with these social design prototypes during a showcase at the Museum of Vancouver (Nov 2013). PROJECT: The proposed project will leverage prototypes and research generated through the planned academic partnerships, and extend their reach to a broad range of Vancouver communities through a series of targeted workshops, public space pop-ups, and charrettes throughout different neighborhoods in Spring/Summer 2014. A final, large public dialogue will also be convened. These events will share initial results, convene discussion, invite a greater number of participants through further experiments and refined opportunities for investigation.

Sex Talk in the City

Sex Talk in the City is a multifaceted health promotion and prevention project that explores sexuality currently and in Vancouver's past. It engages the public with topics of sexual health, sexual diversity and sex education. The project demonstrates that human sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political, and that it is widely connected to issues of human rights, individual choice and societal health. This multi-partner project includes a 6 month public exhibition, a health promotions campaign, a queer youth component, and collaborative research. It will create a safe and engaging place for the public to learn what it means, for individuals and society, to live a sex positive and informed lifestyle. The Museum of Vancouver, as a public institution, will de-stigmatize conversations about sexuality through public engagement and experiential learning. The project aims to empower participants with the language and knowledge to make informed choices about their identity and sexuality, influencing their readiness for change.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society

Creating Systemic Change for Physically Disabled Youth in Need of Mental Health Services

Navigation programs are an important short term strategy to help families make their way through a complex & often segregated array of mental health services. They are also a path to direct action to resolve barriers to care, achieving systemic reform. Having recently received a grant & some Board funding to test such a program, the NCDC will assess the extent to which it can influence the latter. At a systems level, by liaising with families with lived experience, mental health support groups & clinicians, adjunct care agencies & funding bodies, the navigator will “map the system” resulting in the identification of the common challenges & service gaps facing families & highlight promising practices & potential opportunities for systemic change. At a clinical level, clients are initially triaged by a NCDC Zone Team. If a Team cannot manage a client's needs, the navigator will enlist support from the broader community, promoting agency collaboration & integration of mental health services. At an individual level, families engaged in program development will, with peer support, begin to advocate for change. Work at all levels will, we believe, change the way we interact with clients, provider groups & funders; identify pressure points & force a reallocation of resources internally & externally; inform public policy. It expects us to be innovative, to rethink the current landscape & acknowledge that systemic change requires patience, persistence, & commitment.

Nanaimo Foodshare Network Society

A Round the Table- Creating Change for a Local Food System for Everyone

This project addresses creating a local, sustainable food system inclusive of all incomes and abilities in the community. The reasons an individual might be food insecure are local and global. Whatever the reasons, the outcome is the same: people are going through the day without having enough nutritious food to eat, and unable to access land, skills, and resources needed to grow food locally. On the front lines, Nanaimo has a number of programs who address food insecurity day-to-day, but they don’t address the underlying causes. The focus of this program is to step away from the front lines, to bring our community together to discuss and address the underlying causes of food insecurity.

Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of B.C.

Building Consensus Towards a Better Outcomes Strategy for Aboriginal Children

The newly-formed Aboriginal Justice Council, a collaborative partnership between three major First Nations change agents in BC, aims to facilitate social inclusion for Aboriginal children who are impacted by ongoing exclusion, stigmatization, and trauma as a result of their involvement in the child protection and justice systems. The Aboriginal Justice Council will work with government agencies as equals to identify issues in existing mechanisms, policies, procedures, and processes and develop consensus on a better justice outcomes strategy to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal children removed from families and communities and placed into foster care and jails, and to increase their belonging and inclusion. This project will disrupt the existing system by creating a new highly credible and trusted key player that cannot be ignored or merely accommodated but whose recommendations must be adhered to. This requires frank dialogue on years of disinvestment and disempowerment resulting from colonial governance and practice and the profound lack of interest, sense of accountability, and empathy concerning the legacy of adverse results for Aboriginal people. The council will focus its attention, as mandated by the people, on creating meaningful change in existing systems that will facilitate social inclusion for all Aboriginal children in BC who are part of the overrepresentation in or vulnerable to becoming part of the justice and child protection systems, and their families.

Strengthening Aboriginal Women's Project

Strengthening Aboriginal Women’s Project hopes to facilitate an end to the "revolving door" of domestic abuse by securing a Case Worker who will offer specialized, culturally appropriate assistance that promotes independent living for 30 Aboriginal women annually. The Case Worker will advocate on her clients' behalf for systemic change within the community. Utilizing a Case Management Model with corresponding principles and ethics, and presented within an Aboriginal cultural context, this project will fill a gap in community services in Prince George by helping Aboriginal women navigate available systems of care in a manner that is mindful of historical and institutional barriers that often lead to trauma and instil a fear in these women that impact their ability to engage in those same systems of care. In order to effectively address the root causes of that fear, an emphasis will be placed on increasing the administrative and self-management tools required to have a successful outcome as well as on working with community stakeholders to address existing barriers to accessing care.

Nelson CARES Society

Moving Together Phase III: Implementing a Transporation Action Plan for Kootenay Boundary Seniors

Moving Together Phases I & II: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Seniors’ Transportation Barriers (2014, funded by Vancouver Foundation) identified specific transportation service gaps and barriers. A project Working Group of local stakeholders including local/regional transit managers, seniors, community services, and regional/municipal government developed solutions in three categories: Transit, Interior Health/Community Transportation Services, and Public Education & Marketing. The recommendations were presented to a larger regional-provincial stakeholder group that worked together to identify challenges and opportunities for implementation. The most promising recommendations emerging from this gathering were formulated into an Action Plan. Moving Together Phase III: Implementing a Transportation Action Plan for Kootenay Boundary Seniors, will operationalize the Action Plan in two segments: 1) A Transportation Animator position to connect seniors to appropriate transportation services, raise community awareness of seniors transportation challenges (including health professionals and community services providers), and promote collaboration among transportation providers; and, 2) Policy, Practice & Project Development to further develop and/or implement the remaining recommendations through participation in wider transportation initiatives with partner groups, i.e. the West Kootenay Transit Committee, City of Nelson, and Interior Health (IH).

Moving Together-Collaborative Process to Address Seniors Transportation Barriers

This project will be part of the Age Friendly Community initiative (AFC), a project of Nelson CARES. There is a wealth of literature identifying transportation as a significant barrier to seniors accessing health and community services, as well as social and recreational opportunities. An AFC survey of area service providers determined transportation to be the greatest barrier faced by seniors in the region. However, the issues surrounding transportation access here are too complex to address with a single project. Instead, this project will draw upon AFC's broad community support and influence to bring together relevant stakeholders to work collaboratively to meet concerns across multiple sectors. This project represents Phases 1 and 2 of a 3 Phase undertaking. In Phase 1 we will bring stakeholders together for an introductory/planning meeting, followed by a series of problem defining activities. In Phase 2 will identify strategic leverage points and develop an Approach Plan, producing a Findings & Recommendations report for Phase 3. (Phase 3 is part of AFC's ongoing work)

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

The Restoring Right Relationship Circle Training Project

Systemic racial discrimination against Indigenous peoples, resulting in extensive violence, harm, marginalization and inequity that causes institutionalized ill-health, trauma, poverty and violence for Indigenous peoples, will be countered with the growth of community-based Indigenous Restoraing Right Relationship skills and tools infrastructure amongst over 18 Indigenous-focused urban aboriginal agencies in the Vancouver Inner City. The pilot connects personal and interpersonal Indigenous restorative skills and behaviours with agency, policy and structural supports to develop a critical mass of healing, positive, restorative Indigenous and Indigenous-Ally relationships and community.

Social Innovation Cohort: Chinese-speaking Seniors Service Delivery HUB

A grant to participate in a development process to explore the needs of Chinese-speaking seniors in our community. The question is not ‘what kind of special projects can we create to reach out to and support these seniors?’ but, rather, “given that the majority of these seniors are long-tern members of the community, and that the majority of them are Canadian citizens, why have the public and private services, that should be available to residents, not been designed and developed in ways that meet the needs of this key community demographic?” As was pointed out at a recent meeting of service providers, almost all the services available in the neighbourhood are focused on serving people living with addictions and/or severe mental health issues, many of whom live in SROs or are on the street. It is little wonder that many elderly residents of the area, whether Chinese-speaking or not, feel not just uncomfortable but afraid when trying to access these services, even though they may desperately need the assistance. One of the models to which we will be looking as we move forward is that of the highly successful ‘South Vancouver Seniors Hub” and, in particular, the toolkit developed by the Hub (Seniors Hub Toolkit) to assist other neighbourhoods in empowering and supporting seniors to directly impact the types of services and supports available to them.

Power to the People(!): making a neighbourhood work for Chinese speaking Seniors

This project takes a different approach than has traditionally been taken in looking at the needs of Chinese-speaking seniors in our community, i.e.: not ‘what kind of special projects can we create to reach out to and support these seniors?’ but, rather, “given that the majority of these seniors are long-term members of the community, and that the majority of them are Canadian citizens, why have the public and private services that should be available to residents not been designed and developed in ways that meet the needs of this key community demographic?” 1. Addressing service fragmentation • Formalize Service Providers’ Network • Develop and update a bilingual service directory 2. Empowering Chinese seniors by creating a seniors’ advisory (SA), and ultimately a Seniors Hub Model. We will be using learning from the highly-successful ‘South Vancouver Seniors Hub” and, in particular, the toolkit developed by the Hub( Seniors Hub Toolkit) to assist other neighbourhoods in empowering and supporting seniors to directly impact the types of services and supports available to them. • Identify Chinese-speaking seniors who are leaders and volunteers in the neighbourhood. • Develop Chinese materials and conduct outreach to engage Chinese senior community • Conduct capacity-building activities to build seniors’ collective knowledge and voice • Work with SA to develop terms of reference and vision for council • Support SA members to utilize their personal networks

Vancouver Rent Bank

NICCSS is proposing a Vancouver Rent Bank Loan Fund with an initial 3-year mandate. This fund will build on the existing supports available in neighbourhoods in Vancouver with a high proportion of renters, and complement the City of Vancouver's Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012- 2021) and the work of the StreetoHome Foundation. The fund will gain from the experience of existing Rent Banks in British Columbia, including NICCSS existing iRENT Bank program that is already being offered to families in the DTES, Strathcona and Hastings Corridor area of Vancouver. The Vancouver Rent Bank will allow low-income residents across the City, who are in temporary financial crisis and about to lose their housing, to access interest free emergency loans to address rent shortfalls and utilities arrears and deposits thus preventing their eviction. The Vancouver Rent Bank will provide financial literacy education (with VanCity Foundation) and connections to a network of neighbourhood agency partners that can support loan recipients based on their current needs and ensure continuity of support.

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.

Newton Advocacy Group Society

The Surrey Rent Bank (SRB)

A Rent Bank is a homelessness prevention program that provides low-interest loans (max $1,600) to low-income earners and their families, living in affordable housing. These loans address rent and/or utility arrears. This project will ease the effects of poverty by encouraging financial literacy. Borrowers are supported with financial literacy workshops, referrals, a resource manual and follow-up. Loan repayments are re-invested into new loans.

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Iki Iki (Japanese for Lively Enthusiasm for life)

Independence, respect, dignity, privacy, and choice are five cornerstones of adulthood that should be preserved in later stages of life. Iki Iki is a project that aims to innovate how we approach community-based care for older adults by making the seniors “the star” in a community care model that engages community organizations and volunteers as active partners and supporters. This project builds on the current capabilities of organizations that provide programs for seniors, and develops their capacity to cater to those with dementia in early to moderate stages through the following: 1. Development and delivery of training for community organization staff and volunteers to understand dementia and to become confident in interacting with older adults with dementia; 2. Open existing seniors’ activities to include participants with dementia to increase their social engagement; and 3. Documentation, analysis, and sharing of the process and outcomes of the project to inform future dementia-friendly community development.

North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program

Making Quesnel Age-Friendly

The idea for this project originated during the annual planning process of the Adult Services Team, a group of community adult services providers and interested seniors that collaborates to identify and meet service issues/gaps of the target client group (seniors & vulnerable adults), and the project has been developed with the participation of this group. We also researched several reports and recommendations on age-friendly communities to develop this project. Several key issues facing seniors were determined to be related to a lack of overall community capacity to meet needs specific to seniors and other vulnerable adults. Our project will serve seniors and other vulnerable adults, including Aboriginal Elders, in our region, paying particular attention to isolated seniors. The project will increase the age friendliness of our community through a variety of prioritized initiatives. These initiatives will increase the community's awareness of and adaptation to seniors' needs and will increase seniors' access to services and activities that contribute to their health and well-being.

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Age-Friendly Kaslo - Next Steps

This project will move forward on the priorities identified by the 2013-14 Kaslo Senior-Friendly Pilot Project. An age-friendly community survey of seniors, service providers and community members determined that Kaslo and area seniors faced great barriers with regards to 1. communication: finding and understanding information; 3. accessing community support services and facilities; and 3. transportation. To support seniors with understanding information and accessing services, seniors will be able to access individual consultation/support and monthly group consultations, on topics and issues identified by seniors. Transportation is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders and sectors. The Nelson AFC Initiative 'Moving Together-Collaborative Process to Address Seniors Transportation Barriers' will be addressing transportation issues, and Kaslo has been invited to actively partner and participate in the 'Moving-Together' project. Our participation will engage Kaslo residents in transportation planning and further develop inter-agency collaboration across the region.

Sustaining Food Security in North Kootenay Lake

This project builds a sense of community around food availability and sustainability, dietary education, and emergency food supply. This grant will fund efforts to share the program’s successes and challenges in a tangible way and growth towards the next phase of food self-sufficiency. It will also fund “A Food Security Handbook for Small Neighbourhoods”, investigate the accessibility of crown land for farming, and research the use of heat generated by the Kaslo Arena to heat a community greenhouse that provides seedlings for urban gardens as an education tool.

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Table Matters Network: Food Security and Citizen Engagement on the North Shore

Good public policy around food allows for greater food security and sustainability, creating the space for food initiatives creates new opportunities for interaction and a deepened sense of belonging. Gardens (whether community gardens, orchards projects or urban farms) are highly social spaces that provide an entry point for interactions and cultural understanding that might not otherwise happen. This project will enable us to: (1) Engage community stakeholders in the development of a North Shore Food Charter to be presented to north shore municipalities for adoption, (2) Work with the Table Matters Reference Group to identify an organizational structure and draft terms of reference for a tri-municipal food policy advisory body, and (3) Implement an on-the-ground gardening project that further supports the integration of diverse populations into the food movement. We will design and install a “Multicultural Kitchen Garden” featuring culinary herbs and common ingredients found in world cuisine, and use this as a site for gathering, education and bringing people together around food.

North Shore Food Policy Advisory Body

The annual “Table Matters” community discussion around food security and urban agriculture has engaged hundreds of policy makers, local businesses, heath professionals, teachers and other community members. It has helped develop priority areas around food security and urban agriculture and a community reference group. This grant would support participants by helping them connect with municipal staff, formalizing the food policy council while making the group more effective and increasing capacity for real systematic change.

PACE Society

The Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator Program

To address systems-level barriers that undermine health and social care access among Sex Workers, the Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator (PHN) program will provide culturally safe assistance with systems-navigation to assist Sex Workers in accessing health and social resources (e.g., primary care, specialist care, housing) critical to their health and well being. Building upon our expertise in providing peer­driven services, Peer Support Workers (current or former Sex Workers) working in collaboration with the Peer Health Programs Coordinator (registered social worker) will provide case coordination and peer accompaniment services to promote health care access and assist Sex Workers in following up on health and social services referrals. Importantly, program staff will work in coordination with diverse community partners to provide individualized support and support to Sex Workers following discharge from health settings (e.g., hospital, substance use treatment) to promote positive community transitions and follow-up care. This program recognizes that social determinants of health, such as homelessness and social isolation, adversely impact the health of Sex Workers and will leverage community partnerships to increase access to housing and other social supports. Program staff will also facilitate weekly peer support groups to promote social inclusion and positive care­seeking strategies. Please note that a detailed program logic model is available upon request.

Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator Project

To address the systemic barriers that Sex Workers encounter to accessing health and social services, the Peer Health Navigator (PHN) program will provide culturally competent assistance with health and social systems navigation to help Sex Workers manage their health and follow-up on treatment and referrals. Building upon our experience in providing peer-driven services, Peer Support Workers (current or former Sex Workers) will provide assistance to facilitate access and engagement with health and social services. Additionally, Peer Support Workers will provide support to hospitalized Sex Workers and assist with post-discharge care and planning. The PHN program recognizes that social determinants, such as poverty and homelessness, contribute to poor health among Sex Workers. To this end, peer support workers will work in close collaboration with our existing Support Services program to mediate access to additional social supports and services (e.g., housing) critical to maintaining health and facilitate weekly peer support groups to promote positive care-seeking strategies.

Pacific AIDS Network

Collective Collaboration : An Initiative to Build Capacity & Engagement to Impact BC’s HCV Landscape

People living with hepatitis C (HCV) in British Columbia want to contribute to the development of public health strategies. However, community-based organizations lack resources to ensure their involvement in leadership & decision-making. Establishing a Peer Leadership Development program to build capacity of People with Lived Experience of HCV will enable equitable participation. The foundation is the principle ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’; it aims to articulate the rights of people living with HCV, impact policy changes & maximize the potential for reducing new infections.

Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative

There is an urgent need in British Columbia to address the juxtaposition of the legal precedent set by two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding HIV and disclosure, with the public health precedent set by the Ministry of Health’s adoption of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative will support informed decision-making based on current legal information for navigating safe sex protocols, treatment adherence, and disclosure issues in the face of these rulings. Because service providers are often the primary source of information about HIV and related issues including disclosure, for PLWHIV it is imperative their information, both legal and medical, is current and accurate. Through a series of activities the project will explore the challenges facing service providers who have clients living with HIV, and provide education and leadership on the complex and often incongruent medical, legal and social realities and messaging regarding what constitutes ‘safe’ sex practice on the one hand and potential criminalization on the other.