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“Working with members on health, well-being and equal access to services in the community”
Our Community Access Program, in partnership with The Meeting Place (West Neighbourhood House) and Sistering, works with participants to improve all facets of health and wellbeing and create equitable access to services in the community.
People who are homeless or under-housed often end up in emergency departments. Precarious health, poor nutrition (economic conditions) and a lack of access to primary, mental health and substance use services, inadequate housing, food insecurity directly impacts a person and communities social determinants of health outcomes.
The program is structured around the concepts of advocacy (belief in recovery, self-determination) and empathy. Our Community Access Workers, together with their education, training and lived experience, (provide participants) with accompaniment support, advocacy, self-determination and empathy as they navigate systems to lower barriers that can be experienced as discriminatory and stigmatizing. Accompanying participants to appointments and ensuring they receive the care and attention they are entitled to; is a core function of Community Access Workers role.
Empathy means our workers, are informed by a broad range of work and life experience, approach their job from a holistic approach. Having experiential knowledge is a huge asset as a job requirement. Whether accompanying participant’s to their various appointments, in the hospital or meeting with them in the community, our Community Access Workers bring with them a keen ability to listen and a knowledge rooted in their personal and professional growth.
CAP also offers social programming for isolated seniors through Neighbour 2 Neighbour 2.0, a network of social service agencies working to enhance friendly visiting programs and foster community connection. You can learn more here.
Did you know? Our Community Access Program advocated for and connected with 1165 members in 2018
For more information on CAP please call the Community Access Program Coordinator at 647-963-7204 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Access Workers engage homeless or under-housed women and men who often end up in emergency departments due to precarious health, poor primary health care, a lack of access mental health and substance use services, inadequate housing, poor nutrition, lack of access to and or/ insufficient income. Through accompaniment support, advocacy and empathy our Community Access Workers assist service participants to understand and navigate the system, increasing access to community support and access to essential services.
Please note, our working hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.