We release What's on the MOVES on Friday. Our goal is to share information about upcoming events, agency news and relevant announcements with the DC MOVES mailing list. If you have information to share through this bulletin, please contact the DC MOVES Coordinator  Carol Good.
DC MOVES - Poverty Reduction

The Dufferin County Poverty Reduction Task Force (DCPRTF) - a DC MOVES sub-committee - met for the second time on August 3. The members volunteered for 3 task teams to move forward with the strategic plan, a proposal for a Community Summit and a response to the Federal Government's call for input to their Poverty Reduction discussion paper.
 
WDG Public Health generously provided the meeting room and coffee for the meeting. The members present participated actively and we wrapped up on time. One measure of success for me as the facilitator is that people are willing to return to continue the work.

With this committed group of community leaders willing to collaborate, we can look forward to making positive progress in reducing poverty in Dufferin.

Community Wellbeing
Go back and help a child go forward:
 Big Brothers Big Sisters' In School Mentoring
 
In the In School Mentoring program a volunteer meets with a child once a week right at the child's school. One on one visits provides children with a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. When they meet they play activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.
 
The In School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays. Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behavior such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers and community.
 
For more information please call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 519-941-6431 or
email nancy.stallmach@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.
Visit our website at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/dufferin.


Tamarack Institute releases New Paper:
 5 Step Guide to
Developing a Common Agenda for Collective Impact

 
The next paper in the Community Change Institute series is available. Written by Paul Born, President of Tamarack Institute, this paper is a 5 Step Guide to developing a common agenda for collective impact.
Building a common agenda is fundamental to all community change requiring a collective impact. It is, however, one of the most difficult phases of a community change process, and if done incorrectly will cripple effectiveness as a community moves to implement its collective impact plan. Most literature written on collective impact is "idea-based" rather than as a "how-to" guide for good reason. Complex community change is so context-specific that we cannot be prescriptive in how things are done. But on the flip side, we can learn much from experiencing how someone else has tackled a problem. Paul has written this paper as a "how-to" guide so you can learn from his methods.
  If you would like to find out more, you can enroll in the upcoming workshop:
Deepening Community for Collective Impact  
On September 19, 2017, Paul Born will be in Caledon for a one day workshop on Deepening Community for Collective Impact. This workshop will be led by Paul, in partnership with Caledon Community Services, and will focus on how to engage and deepen your community in order to build a common agenda for large scale change. You will have the opportunity to connect with Paul and learn the fundamental principles of Collective Impact and Deepening Community, the growing interest in Collective Impact 3.0, and practical tools to host large-scale conversations in your community.

Resource Sharing
Shelburne Foodbank
Volunteer Appreciation Night - Guest speaker
 
The Shelburne Foodbank is hosting an event for volunteers and friends on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Shelburne Pulbic Library. Elaine Weir, Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator, is booked as the guest speaker. She will be speaking about the social and economic impact that poverty has on individuals and on our community.

RSVP by Friday, September 15 by calling 519-925-2600 ext 350

Poverty Reduction
Addressing Mental Wellness in the Workplace
 
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce's new report, Working Towards Mental Wellness: A toolkit for employers, examines the state of mental wellness in the workplace, outlining the case for action and providing resources for starting this conversation in workplaces across Ontario.

Source: OMSSA Newsletter - August 10, 2017