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Providing Advocacy Counselling & Education 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.

The Cultch

Democratizing our Stages

This project will challenge the status quo by prioritizing the presentation of theatre, dance and music productions produced by professional companies that identify with a specific ethno-cultural group or other under-represented community and are creating contemporary, non-traditional performance. Through the efforts of government funding programs that specifically target the creation of new works by emerging and established aboriginal, ethnically diverse and disability artists, there is increasing diversity in professional arts practices in Canada. However there are still very few established venues that present this work in a main stage context throughout a season of programming. We will incite change by including a significant body of work from these artists in our future seasons and properly supporting the performances so they can achieve the highest standards of artistic excellence. We will partner with like-minded organizations from the community to diversify the audience that attends the productions, finding innovative ways to provide access to under-served communities and increase the community's desire for productions that represent a diversity of voices and issues. It will be our job to create an effective communicational process between the artists and the citizens. Social exclusion can only be reversed by conscious and proactive efforts. Culture provides opportunities to deepen people’s knowledge of each other through a positive and sharing live interaction.

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Pilot Project

This project is to complete a 3 year pilot project to establish a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) within the City of Vancouver. The specific vision for this centre is a co-located, multi-disciplinary, child centered approach to services for children who have experienced abuse and their non-offending family members and/or caregivers. In 2011, a group of mandated stakeholders came together and completed a two year comprehensive Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study to see if the need existed in Vancouver for a CYAC. The results of this first phase demonstrated both a need in Vancouver for a CYAC and that the stakeholders believed this project was feasible. Quantitative data demonstrated enough cases to warrant a CYAC. The qualitative data from this study was incredibly compelling, as it suggested that co-location of services for children/youth who experience abuse in Vancouver has the potential to reduce the barriers to joint interviews and reduce the travel time for children/youth and their non-offending family members. Any elimination of barriers could address possible under-reporting of child physical and sexual abuse. Following this, the stakeholders completed phase 2 - the development of a pilot project. After extensive research of CYAC models, the group believed that a not for profit was the appropriate model. This project (phase 3) will test and evaluate the establishment and operation of a CYAC in Vancouver.