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ACORN Institute Canada

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

South Vancouver Seniors Hub: Innovations in Seniors -led community development.

Working collaboratively with seniors, community service partners, multiple funders & academic researchers, SVNH is developing a Hub to address seniors’ vulnerabilities in SE Vancouver. Rigorous evaluation during the 1st phase of the Hub’s development demonstrated built capacity resulting in: a broader scope of senior’s activities; increased ability of seniors from all cultural backgrounds to act as leaders; & increased capacity for operating a seniors led participatory hub model. We identified the need for a 2nd phase of development focusing on sustainability & expansion of the model into other neighborhoods to be achieved by: developing a larger & more skilled volunteer base; expanding the hub’s diversity outreach strategies to include new groups of underrepresented seniors; developing tools & training seniors to disseminate information about the model with other organizations; & building capacity for SVNH to independently undertake evaluation to inform ongoing development of the model & for demonstrating its value for seniors & potential to inform policy for determinants of health.

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women

The project, Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women, has two major aims. First, to consult with transition houses that serve Aboriginal Women on and off reserve and to consult with Aboriginal women who have either previously accessed transition house services or those who have been turned away from accessing transition house services in a minimum of two communities across BC. Second, based on the research, to develop and implement promising practices to better serve Aboriginal Women, to pilot these practices and to externally evaluate these practices to see if Aboriginal Women are able to access transition houses and if they are served in a culturally appropriate manner while accessing these services. All aspects of the project will be led by a project Advisory Committee and overseen by a Project Coordinator. The project Advisory Committee will be comprised of transition houses that serve a large number of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Women with lived experience, BC Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence for BC and other groups.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support

Elder Abuse Prevention Workshops

BCCEAS has an excellent education took kit that it has used to train staff and volunteers of senior serving agencies in British Columbia, with great success. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, we can extend the program to train many more senior volunteers within the Metro Vancouver area. The project involves training five older adult volunteers and staff at ten agencies, who would then facilitate 50 workshops about preventing elder abuse. BCCEAS will provide ongoing support even after the project term is over, so that the initiative is sustained.

BrainTrust Canada

Improving Social Connections for Persons with Brain Injury

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 44. People with acquired brain injury are often marginalized and do not have many social connections that are unpaid. BrainTrust Canada is often their only support system, primarily operating during daytime, weekday hours. However, much of active and healthy community life occurs outside of agency hours. Persons with brain injury experience many barriers to accessing their community after business hours when most social contact occurs for people. Cognitive impairments such as memory difficulties, issues with initiating, organizing and/or planning a task or activity, and challenges navigating their community and public transportation often lead to isolation and loneliness. In addition, transportation options are limited in the Central Okanagan on evenings and weekends for people with a disability. This program would allow greater mobility and community access during these times of day to help build natural connections and increase their overall level of independence and quality of life.

British Columbia Law Institute

Older Womens Dialogue Project Development Grant (Ms. Krista James/Ms. Kasari Govender)

In 2012 the CCEL received funding from the United Way Lower Mainland for the Older Women’s Dialogue Project, a 1-year project identifying the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women. We started this work because while there has been much focus on seniors’ issues, there has been little consideration of how these issues may differently or disproportionately affect older women. After meeting with over 350 women we appreciate that some women are very marginalized and hard to reach, and that women want to do more than identify problems; they want to do something about them. The CCEL and West Coast LEAF are developing a project concept and further collaborations to continue this work involving older women. The project will involve: (1) Further community-engaged research—focus groups, interviews—aimed at reaching marginalized older women (e.g. Aboriginal women, women with disabilities) 100-200 women; (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including plain language summary of work in multiple languages; (3) Community-engaged resource development, involving 2-4 different communities of older women (50-200 women).During the development phase we will identify strategies for connecting with especially marginalized older women, identify appropriate knowledge-sharing and dissemination strategies that respond to community-identified priorities, and work with 2-4 communities to develop project plans focused on the pressing law and policy issues they want to work on.

Older Womens Dialogue Project

In 2012 the CCEL began the Older Women's Dialogue Project, a 1-year project on the pressing legal and social policy issues impacting older women. Working with West Coast LEAF, we met with over 300 women and heard about their concerns and calls to action on issues. We also realized that some groups of women are particularly hard to reach, and require a different approach to consultation. The next phase of work involves: (1) Community-engaged research with older women who are particularly marginalized, isolated or vulnerable (focus groups and/or interviews) 150-225 women (2014); (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including in plain language (2015); (3) Community-engaged legal tool development, involving 4 communities of older women, 60-100 women (current-December 2016), including: 1) Older women of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Power of Women to Women group) (2) Richmond Women's Resource Centre's (Chinese grandmothers' group) (3) South Granville Senior's Centre (women with Spanish program) (4) A 4th group to be identified through consultations with marginalized women

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Developing Socially Inclusive Strategies: Policy Implications of Innovative Community Programming - A Knowledge Exchange Event


Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Spiritual communities collaborate to engage mental health recovery

Spiritual communities offer support, meaningful values and practices to help with everyday life. Individuals with mental illness may, before anything else, seek help from their spiritual community. But their cry for help is not always met with understanding. Focus groups alerted Sanctuary that individuals with mental illness may be excluded from their spiritual communities' support network. While education on mental health is welcomed, the difficult task lies in leading communities through a process of action toward attitudinal change. In this project we aim to address barriers for inclusion and build support for individuals with mental illness in spiritual communities. We will coach action groups (peers, careers and leaders) within spiritual communities to bring issues into the open and garner support for individuals with mental illness. In order to engage a wider range of spiritual communities, we will partner with an interfaith network. Individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds will be trained to work within their communities to build support for mental health recovery.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

SAFE (Sex work Awareness for Everyone) in Collingwood and Beyond

Our project will further address the health and safety needs of sex trade workers (STWs) working along the Kingsway stroll and will build on the success of the SAFE in Collingwood Outreach Program. We will expand outreach to include the Kingsway stroll between Boundary and Fraser Street where a need has been identified. We will develop and pilot a telephone counselling support service as there are currently no support services for STWs in Vancouver outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We will also work with the East Van. youth clinic to pilot this service as most of the women working along Kingsway are youth. We will explore with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control the provision of accessible street-level health services. We will work with and support another neighbourhood in addressing the health and safety of STWs, businesses and residents in their neighbourhood. SAFE developed tools, resources and a successful community development approach. The SAFE Steering Committee members are committed to sharing their experience and learnings.

Community Housing Land Trust Foundation

Aging in Place Project

The Aging in Place Project will assist housing co-ops and seniors living in co-ops to plan for a future in which: seniors remain in their co-op homes as long as possible; seniors’ homes are adapted, as far as practicable, to suit their changing needs; and seniors are connected to and actively participate in their co-op communities. The project will develop and model an active program of community supports for seniors living in housing co-ops and explore a range of options for improving seniors’ quality of life in co-ops by tackling the physical, social and financial obstacles they may face. The project will address issues of concern to seniors around the physical condition of co-op buildings, their financial security and their social connections within their co-op communities. Seniors will participate in decisions around the design, delivery and evaluation of the project to ensure that it will have an enduring impact on their lives and on the lives of their fellow co-op members as they age in place.

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

Family Services of the North Shore

Connecting a Caring Community - Supporting Quality of Life

This innovative new community based volunteer project was identified and is being developed in partnership with 30+ local residents, volunteers and community partners in order to improve the quality of life for those who are marginalized and isolated as a result of being disabled, nearing end-of-life, or bereaved. It will reduce isolation, advance the health and well-being of individual adults and families, mitigate the effects of poverty, and improve access and linkages to systems of care and support. The volunteers will provide weekly in-home visits, bereavement support groups, telephone companionship calls, walking groups, therapeutic healing modalities (e.g. foot rubs, therapeutic touch, guided meditation) and social activities in collaboration with the needs and wishes of the participants. Volunteers will also gather data through case studies and surveys over 1-3 years to support and inform the development of public policy solutions, in collaboration with our community partners, to create long term systemic change within our community.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Mobile Markets Feasibility Study

To this end, we have adopted a new vision to provide accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all, and a new mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. A central pillar of this new direction is a deeper focus on education and training as it relates to food literacy. Working collaboratively with government, health and community organizations and diverse supporters throughout the city and province, we will work to address the educational gaps around such things as food knowledge, cooking skills, nutrition, healthy food, local fresh food, food preservation and ultimately, food security.

Hastings Community Association

Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network

We are proposing the development of the Food Security Coordinator position based out of the Hastings Community Centre and aim to provide stable funding for this position. Presently we have an interim coordinator who works with a combination of paid hours and volunteer time. Through the guidance of a newly developed Food Security Coordinator position working with the HS CFN steering committee, our aim is to build capacity within the network, learn about the needs in our community and then offer programs, workshops, community services and events that are best suited to our community needs. Examples include a mobile information station to further engage members of our local community, establishing a website and other online opportunities and developing a needs assessment. Our approach will continue to be a capacity-building approach (as supported in past City of Vancouver Greenest City grants) and we hope that with this one-time additional funding we can properly establish a viable and resilient food network in our community.

John Howard Society of Victoria

Feeding Ourselves and Others Therapeutic Community Garden Project

After being approached by members of the community last year, our society began a new type of project – a therapeutic community garden designed with and for some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens. They included people suffering from mental illnesses, addiction issues and others with a history of homelessness, many of whom were heavy users of police and emergency services and/or were offenders at risk of re-offending. Our organization was chosen because of its extensive experience working with many of these people. With support from VIHA’s innovative ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) and VIC Outreach Teams, together with members of the Victoria Integrated Court (VIC) subcommittee, we piloted a very successful community garden at Seven Oaks Care Facility. It involved 16 participants together with community volunteers and VIHA support staff. Having proven that this model works, we now are working to establish a larger, permanent and sustainable therapeutic and income generating community garden that will serve as a model for others to learn from and emulate.

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

Reintegration, Restoration and Food Security

This collaboration is a natural fit. Our goals are very similar as is the client group of both organizations. SoleFOOD will provide training to and mentor the people working at Emma’s Acres, and share its expertise around intensive agricultural production and marketing. L.I.N.C. will provide trained people who have graduated from Emma’s Acres to work at SoleFOOD. L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD together will plan crops to grow that they can share between the organizations. With the collaboration, both L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD will utilize their well established partnerships, positive media profile as well as L.I.N.C’s national expertise in peer support and knowledge about men and women transitioning out of prison or who are already in the community. We believe that this project demonstrates the L.I.N.C. Society mission statement in action and fosters growth in the individuals that we are working with as well as the community that we are serving

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.

Nelson CARES Society

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)

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 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.


Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project

The Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project aims to improve the health & well-being of seniors on Gabriola through supporting & encouraging their participation & inclusion. The first stage--an asset-mapping process--will identify 1. The skills, resources & wisdom that local seniors have to offer & 2. The resources & assets of the community at large, as they relate to seniors. Data collected will directly inform all new programming for seniors. It will enable us to provide seniors with the specialized supports they need (transportation, communication, health care, etc.) & to create meaningful opportunities for them to act as mentors & resource people within the community. The project is informed & powered by a league of volunteers, many of them seniors, who will direct each stage of the project's development from design to implementation. A series of educational workshops will be developed & launched for--and often by--seniors that will cover such topics as healthy eating on a fixed-income; how to stay connected with family using email & Skype; end-of-life planning; etc.

Ready to Rent BC Association

Training the Trainers: Increasing Community Capacity

Ready to Rent (R2R) offers a 12 hour housing readiness course for people who cannot find or keep their housing in the CRD. Its graduation certificate is used by many housing providers in lieu of a reference for those with poor or no references. It now plans to expand to the rest of Vancouver Island and BC. It will do so by partnering with local agencies and train and certify local facilitators to deliver the courses. It will support the facilitators through ongoing phone support, monthly Community Facilitators' support networks, annual face to face workshops, and annual visitations. This approach will ensure both top quality programs and local community input as we build a committed/knowledgeable Community of R2R Facilitators. Year I: R2R will partner with 4 geographical communities or groups such as First Nations or Violence Against Women (VAW) on Vancouver Island. Year II: R2R will expand to another 4 communities, including mainland communities. Each community partner will work with R2R BC to build local capacity and will deliver a minimum of 2 courses per year.

Richmond Addiction Services Society

Community Action Ambassadors

The Community Action Ambassadors will be seniors who will be trained, supported and connected to their community. They will offer peer counselling support, public education forums, workshops and will use the media to educate their community about the issues that are impacting seniors today. The outcomes will be to connect seniors across cultures to community services such as Senior’s Centres, recreation centres, their cultural community and to the mainstream community. Community contacts will increase, isolation will decrease and referrals and community service contacts will increase. Public policy will be impacted as motivated and educated seniors will be connecting with the system of care. Importantly, seniors dealing with new or chronic alcohol and drug use including medications, mental health and other health issues will know where to go and who to turn to regardless of their language of choice or cultural group. The Community Action Ambassadors will fill the large gap in services as they will outreach to the community enabling isolated seniors access to trained volunteers.

Richmond Food Bank Society

Mapping Impact of Food Deserts in Richmond

Research shows that in every municipality there are areas where food is difficult to access due to factors that include the placement of food stores (supermarkets, greengrocers, farmers markets, etc...) and the ability of local residents to physically access these spaces (walking, transit, bicycling). Because suburban development in Richmond’s history has focused on roads and the automobile, procuring food can be difficult for those who rely on other forms of transit. There are a number of vulnerable neighbourhoods in Richmond that continue to be underserved for food services. These neighbourhoods have fewer supermarkets, or none at all, nor other retail outlets providing more than a minimal selection of affordable, nutritious foods. In contrast, these neighbourhoods are dominated by convenience stores and fast food restaurants. In one East Richmond neighbourhood, local residents rely on a drugstore for food staples.