Vote now for Community Options Society! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would provide the opportunity to hire a Project Manager to lead the CYFC co-location project and an architect to draw up building plans. Through the creation of a new co-location model of services we will be better equipped to support children, youth & families. The co-location model will increase accessibility, strengthen the community and promote service sustainability. It is intended to have service integration across traditional boundaries of childcare, education, health & social services. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
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MORE INFO ON THE PROJECT – Community organizations have come together to support the creation of the Cowichan Valley Child, Youth & Family Center, a new co-location model of services to better support children, youth & families. The co-location model will increase accessibility, strengthen the community and promote service sustainability. Current statistics in the Cowichan Valley demonstrate the need for a new, collaborative, integrated model of support to children, youth & families. The Child, Youth & Family Center model is being used with success in other jurisdictions: Westshore, Sooke, & Parksville Family Place. It is a model supported by research and by organizations such as Vancouver Island Health, School Districts and various Ministries whom are moving toward this type of collaborative service delivery. We believe this collaborative model would have a positive impact. There are several benefits for the child, youth and family services in the Cowichan Communities as most are working in various buildings and in isolation throughout the Cowichan Valley.
For the community there are direct, proven benefits that strengthen community bonds and will be enjoyed by future generations. For children, youth and families the benefits include but are not limited to:
- wrap around services
- communities will be more aware of services available
- more accessible (one-stop shop)
- non stigmatizing services (a facility offering health, recreation, and support services)
- more collaborative support services
- centralized services
Sharing space will vastly reduce administrative costs, make it easier to refer to other services and assist in collaboration and partnering of services and programs. The money used for administrative costs can be allocated to provide more, direct client services. It will also reduce isolation and help facilitate relationship building among service workers.
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