San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a unique, online program designed for people who wish to enhance self-awareness, develop understanding and promote positive partnerships in their work with Indigenous people.
This is a facilitated, online training program. You will work through the 8-10 hours of material, at your own pace, over the 8 weeks the group is open.
Vancouver Island Mental Health Society has received funding to support people who would like to participate in this training.
Funded by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy
ISLAND HEALTH SEEKING INPUT FROM PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS
Island Health wants to improve safety and services for residents who use drugs. Their focus is on people who use alone, since the toxic drug supply crisis increases the risk of overdose.
If you identify as someone who uses drugs alone, please consider filling out the surveyhere.
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is hiring for a Database Administration Assistant.
Read morehere and apply by March 22, 2021 if interested and qualified.
Literacy Central Vancouver Island is looking for a Youth Literacy Coordinator to manage the youth literacy program for learners between 15 and 30 years old.
Duration: 28 hours per week
Wage: $22/ hour plus benefits
If interested, please contact Samantha Letourneau at Samantha@LiteracyCentralVI.org
FEDERAL FUNDING SUPPORTS PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS DURING
The Nanaimo community has received funding from the federal government for local initiatives that provide support to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rental supplements, the opening of warming centres, and mobile outreach to Indigenous homeless youth are just a few of the programs that have been funded over the past year.
Since April 2020, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy have provided $1,254,632 in support in Nanaimo.
UNITED WAY COMMUNITY PARTNER GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The 2021-2022 Community Partner Grants are now open for applications. Your organization can apply online now for grants to support vulnerable people in your central & northern Vancouver Island community.
This year the community partner grants will support:
Dodd's Furniture collects coats for people experiencing homelessness
A big thank you to everyone in Nanaimo who donated warm coats and winter gear to Dodd's Furniture over the past few weeks.
This much needed winter wear is being distributed to folks in need through NHC member agencies.
Peer PhotoVoice Project
As part of a research project with the University of Victoria and Island Health, and guided by peer researchers, this initiative teaches participants how to take photos and talk about stigma.
Two sessions are available, and a $70 honourarium is provided to participants. Cameras are supplied for those who need it.
Session 1: March 17th 12pm to 2:15pm and March 24 12pm to 1:15pm
Session 2: March 23rd 10am to 12:15pm and March 26th 1pm to 2:15pm
Email email@example.com for more information
Delivering community-based supports for alcohol use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic
With access to in-person care limited during the pandemic, accessible community-based supports for people living with alcohol use disorder are crucial. Managed alcohol programs (MAPs) and mobile withdrawal management support (MWMS) services have been implemented in parts of Canada. This webinar will explore how MAPs and MWMS services are providing needed supports to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reducing substance use stigma: the role of first responders
Direct service workers, including the law enforcement community, are often the first to respond to crisis situations with people experiencing substance-related harms, and they can play a major role in overcoming that stigma.
This webinar, targeted at members of the law enforcement community, will focus on reducing stigma by increasing awareness and understanding of substance use and its relationship to mental health.